HERE IS THE NAME OF MUST VISIT VARANASI GHATS
The popularity of Varanasi is immense, it is well known as the religious and spiritual capital of the country. Varanasi is just not a city it is an emotion where you can see different colors of life. On one side Varanasi is called as the City of temples while on another side it is a popular education hub as one of the oldest university Banaras Hindu University (BHU) is here only. The one aspect which makes the city really special is its Ghats along the bank of river Ganga.The city has 88 ghats, and each of them has its own religious importance but the common use of Varanasi ghats is for bathing and for worship. Majority of the ghats were reconstructed during the rule of Maratha empire in the 1700s. Varanasi ghats are a major tourist attraction for national as well as for the international tourists. Often the youth of the city prefer to choose a leisure evening walk on the Ghats rather than going to the malls. Well, in this blog I am going to talk about the must-visit Ghats of the Varanasi which you will surely like during your trip to the city.
Dashashwamedh Ghat- Dashashwamedh Ghat is among one of the well-known spots of the city. If you are planning a trip to Varanasi then you should definitely include this Ghat on your bucket list. A grand Ganga Aarti takes places on this Ghat every evening at 07:00 P.M. which is witnessed by thousands of people on daily basis. You can also enjoy the front view of Ganga Aarti by sitting on the boat by giving a nominal charge. There are several stories behind the creation of this Ghat, according to one of them for the successful completion of Dasa-Ashwamedha yajna Lord Brahma immolated life of 10 horses. Some also believed that Dashashwamedh Ghat was created by Lord Brahma to welcome Lord Shiva. On the occasion of Dev-Deepawali and Ganga-Mahotsav, the Ghat is beautifully lightened up with earthen -lamps and it seems like the Ghat has covered itself with bedsheet of lights. During your visit to the Ghat, you can spend a number of hours by letting your inner soul lost in the religious importance of the city.
Assi Ghat- This Ghat is one of the favorite spots of youngsters for a hangout. In Assi Ghat you can enjoy a boat ride, horse riding on the second side of river Ganga. After bathing devotees worship a huge lingam which is situated under Pipal tree. The Ghat is called Assi because it is situated at the point where river Ganga and river Asi meets.This Varanasi Ghat is believed to be the last Ghat of the city and on daily basis, it is visited by 200-500 peoples. Don’t get surprised when you see sages making conversation with the foreigners as many sages are in a regular habit of speaking different foreign languages. Assi Ghat is among one of the cleanest Ghat of the city and is one of the favorite locations of many filmmakers for the shooting purposes. You can visit Assi Ghat at ay time of the year but the best time to visit is during Ganga Mahotsav, Mahashivratri and Ganga Dussehra.
Scindia Ghat- It is among one of the panoramic and must visit Varanasi Ghats, and is located nearby Manikarnika Ghat (cremation ghat). There is half merged, Lord Shiva temple in the river Ganga which is a major cause of tourism on this Ghat. Scindia Ghat was built by a Scindia woman, Baija Bai in the year 1850. The Ghat is also considered as a birthplace of Agnidev, the God of fire and it is believed that whoever will take a holy bath on this Ghat will be blessed with a son. Above the Ghat there are a number of major temples of Varanasi are found in a lane, which is known as Siddha Kshetra. Scindia Ghat is situated at a distance of 2 kilometers from Dashashwamedh Ghat, so during to Dashashwamedh don’t forget to visit Scindia Ghat.
Chet Singh Ghat- This Ghat is situated between Dashashwamedh Ghat and Assi Ghat and is considered as among one of the cleanest Varanasi Ghats. The Ghat has got its name because of the palace situated on this Ghat which was the residence of king Chet Singh. In the year 1781, Chet Singh was defeated by Britishers and the fort was captured by them. Khirki Ghat is another name of this Ghat and there are three temples of Lord Shiva which were built in the 18th century.Now, the Ghat has been divided into four major parts which are Cheta Singh, Niranjani, Nirvanni and Shivala. At Chet Singh Ghat seven days long festival, Budhva Mangal is celebrated here. The Ghat is well known for the majestic views of sunrise and sunset, so don’t forget to visit this Ghat during your trip.
Man Mandir Ghat- Someswara Ghat is another name of Man Mandir Ghat and is among one of the popular Varanasi Ghats. The Ghat was built by King Man Singh of Amer in the 16th century and is the suitable example of Rajasthani architecture. In the year 1730s, an observatory was added by Sawai Jai Singh II on Man Singh Palace which is now still in operation. Man Singh Palace is well known for the beautiful carvings of windows. This Ghat is surrounded by many temples like Rameshwara, Dalabheswara, and Someshwara which is visited by large numbers of devotees every day. For the spectacular view of sunrise and sunset don’t forget to visit Man Mandir Ghat during your next trip to the city.
Manikarnika Ghat- Manikarnika Ghat is also known as burning ghat because here corpses are buried 24*7. According to Hindu mythology, it is believed that whoever is buried here directly finds a way to heaven. Almost 100-200 corpses are daily buried on this Ghat, and people have to wait in a queue for the last rituals of their loved ones. Though the Manikarnika Ghat is not so famous from the tourism point of view, still you have the courage to see live cremations then you can consult with a guide on this ghat and he will take you to nearby building from where you can see the truth of life. Otherwise, you can also see Manikarnika Ghat on a boat ride from Dashashwamedh to Assi Ghat.
I hope you have got an idea about the major Varanasi Ghats, so during your next visit make sure you do not miss these Ghats.