Planning a trip to Varanasi, here is everything you must you know about the important Ghats of Varanasi.
The city of Varanasi or Banaras is a holy city of India. It is also famous for many significant temples and Ghats on the banks of river Ganga. There are almost 100 Ghats in Varanasi which are used for taking a holy dip and performing various rites and rituals. Many of the Ghats were constructed when Varanasi was re-built by the Maratha Empire in the 1700s.
Here are some of the important Ghats of Varanasi that you must visit:
- Assi Ghat is the southernmost Ghat in Varanasi. On a regular day, about 300 people visit this Ghat per hour in the morning and during the festive days more than 2500 people visit there.
- This is a place where River Ganga meets River Assi.
- Hindus believe that Indian poet Tulsidas left his mortal body at this Ghat, henceit holds great historical and religious significance.
- A Bollywood film “Ranjhanna” that was released in 2013, has some scene shot at Assi Ghat.
- Darbhanga Ghat has a temple of Lord Shiva. It is one of the largest and quietest Ghats in Varanasi.
- The Ghat got its name from the king of Darbhanga, Bihar, who had built the palace and the Ghat.
- This Ghat is between two famous Ghats- Chousatthi Ghat and Babua Pandey Ghat.
- It is the main Ghat in Varanasi that is situated in the heart of thecity. It is believed that Lord Brahma created this Ghat to welcome Lord Shiva.
- On 7 December 2010, a low-intensity blast took place near the Ghat which killed 2 people and 27 people were injured.
- You can sit here and witness the Ganga aarti that is popular for being performed with utmost devotion and sophistication.
Man Mandir Ghat
- Raja Savai Man Singh of Jaipur built his palace in 1600 and was further extended by Raja Sawai Jai Singh- II in the 1730s.
- The distance of this Ghat from Varanasi junction is 5kms. One can get an astonishing view of all the Ghats from the top of this palace.
- Situated at the north of River Ganga the Ghat is surrounded with many temples such as Rameshwaram temple and Someshwara temple.
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- At this Ghat, a Shiva temple is present which is partially submerged in the Ganges and it is said that the Ghat collapsed because of its excessive weight at the time of construction in the year 1830.
- According to the Hindu Mythology, God of fire, ‘Agni’ was born here.
- This place is known as Seedha Kshetra and it attracts many pilgrims.
- It is a place where dead bodies are cremated. It is believed that the human soul finds “moksha” or salvation when their dead body is cremated here.
- This Ghat is especially sacred and there is a well at the Ghat which is known as Manikarnika kund.
- There are plenty of priest and pilgrims that visit this place to seek the blessings of Lord Shiva.
A walk along the Varanasi Ghats is an amazing experience who knows the ‘city of light’ may turn out to be your favourite destination.