Varanasi, often called the spiritual capital of India, is one of the holiest cities in the country, home to several ghats and temples where religious rituals take place. Varanasi’s ghats, as known to all, are set on the banks of the Ganges, a very sacred river. Varanasi is home to more than 100 ghats where aartis and pujas are conducted every day. Here are the top ghats you should visit when in Varanasi.
The DashashwamedhGhat derives its name from the legend in which Lord Brahmahas been known sacrifice ten horses during ayagna in Varanasi. Most festivals celebrated at this ghat on a very grand scale here. The ghat is located close to the very famous Kashi Vishwanath Temple. And also it said to be the ghat where Shiva was ‘created’ by Brahma.
Situated at the meeting point of Ganga and Assi rivers, it is the southernmost and faraway ghat of Varanasi. Just like how it is at any other ghat here, the Assi Ghat also witnesses an aarti ritual which has become a tourist attraction over the years. The area around Assi Ghat might have been seen by many of you as it was the setting for Sunny Deol-starrer movie called Mohalla Assi, that itself was adapted from a book on Varanasi called Kashi Ka Assi, which offers the readers a satirical take on the westernization of Varanasi. The Assi ghat is the place where the famous poet Tulsidas had taken his last breath. Close to the ghat are good hotels in Varanasi for the tourists to have a comfortable stay in the city.
Chet Singh Ghat
Made by Maharaja Chet Singh in the late 19th century, the popular Chet Singh Ghat is known to be a fortified ghat. The ghat and its nearby areas were witness to a raging battle between the King Chet Singh and the British Warren Hastings, who was the first governor general of India. Chet Singh ghat, which is known for its beauty, fell into the hands of the British when they defeated the King. Bathing isn’t advisable here because the current of the river can be very sharp.
LalitaGhat had been madeby the king of Nepal. His name was Rana Bahadur Shah and he lived in Varanasi on his exile. The King actually wanted to construct a replica of the famous Nepali Pashupatinath Temple in Kashi, and so he began the construct of the ghat first. There is also a Nepali Temple here and one dedicated to Lalita, who according to the Hindu mythology is an incarnation of Goddess Adi-Shakti.
Man Mandir Ghat
Dating back to the 18th century, this small but beautiful Man Mandir Ghat is one of the most ancient ghats of the holy city. Made by Raja Savai Man Singh, the ghat originally was called SomeswaraGhat and stands as an example of Rajasthani architecture from the past.
So visit Varanasi for these beautiful ghats. The resorts in Varanasi promise a beautiful accommodation and the sightseeing in the city a beautiful experience.
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