Varanasi, the oldest city, often referred to as Banares and Kashi, is the most famous pilgrimage spot for Hindus for hundreds of years. Varanasi is visited by Hindus for the peace of mind and soul and to wash away all the sins. It is the Ghats of River Ganga in Varanasi that complement the concept of divinity.
The Art and culture of Varanasi is quite unique. It has rich cultural tradition with the combination of archaeology, mythology, history, geography and art that makes Varanasi a center of Indian culture.
Among these the ‘Wooden toys’ are one of the ancient craft of Varanasi. One can see shops selling traditional wooden toys, hand-crafted idols of Gods and Goddesses and their adaptation into wall hangings and showcase objects, which are quite famous and can be called a part of identity of Varanasi.
One of the most famous toys made here by the artisans is “The Parrot-Toy”. The complete process of toy-making (Making of the Parrot –Toy) along with the street where toys are sold mostly (Gadauliya Street) and the people who make these toys (Toymakers) are discussed in next sections.