Activeren huidige locatie
Ahilyabai Ghat has the distinction of being the first ghat named in honor of a person, namely, the warrior queen Ahilyabhai Holkar of Indore who actually built it in 1778 along with a number of temples and spiritual residences throughout the city of Varanasi. The best time to come here is in the morning when Indian worshipers take a holy dip in the river to cleanse themselves of sins in hope of attaining moksha.
A living monument of India's rich spiritual tradition, Satuwa Baba Ashram, the residence of Satuwa Baba Maharaji, is located at the Manikarnika Ghat along the shores of holy river Ganges. With a backing of over 400 years of history, this place is visited by people from all over the world. The place has shrines of Krishna and Radha, and Lord Shiva. There are facilities inside the ashram for training young minds with a Vedic (Hindu Scriptures) inclination. The beautiful garden and the serene setting here is contrasting to the general loud nature of the city. Do visit and take a little from the unending pool of spiritual wisdom.
Dedicated to the Parshvanath, the 23rd Thirthankara (preacher of Jainism) of Jainism, this temple is a visual treat in Bhelupura. Parshvanath was born in Varanasi and this temple is considered as the preserved monument of his birthplace. The golden spire is a stunning sight which attracts attention from way outside the street. The tranquil setting emanates the peace and harmony of the Jain philosophy and a visit will remarkably influence spirited minds.
Wooden carvings adorn the walls of this small beautiful temple, built by the King of Nepal, at the Lalitha Ghat. Reminiscent of a rich tradition of craftsmanship, the temple creates awe in the eyes of every visitor. The setting is peaceful and calm with a natural silence lingering around the place. Inside the shrine is the Pasupathi Nath Shiva Linga, which is worshiped by devotees. There is a nominal entry fee to visit the Nepali temple, which goes to the welfare trust of the temple.
Carving one of the world's mostly populated river beds, River Ganges, believed to be arising directly from Lord Shiva's head, is the holy mother for North India. The ancient city of Varanasi is one of the most prolific gifts of this stunning river which ranks top among the world's big rivers in the amount of water discharge. The 7 kilometer (4.34 mile) stretch of the ghats along River Ganges is a major site of sacred rituals in Hindu tradition; Dasashwamedh Ghat and Manikarnika Ghat being the most popular. Originating from Himalayan glaciers, this river is considered as one of the largest in India and surely is a ravishing sight in spite of the devouring pollution.
Pointing to a time when horse sacrifice was common, the translation of the name Dasashwamedh says 'the place where ten horses were sacrificed'. Hindu mythology says the creator Brahma did a sacrifice here to let Lord Shiva get back to Varanasi; and thus it is one of the most auspicious sites for Hindus all over the world. This is the site of the stunning Ganga Aarti, which is performed daily on the raised platforms on the ghat with seven priests doing choreographed ritualistic offerings to mother Ganga. Considered as the most important ghat along the banks of Ganga, a large number of guesthouses and restaurants are located around the area. The main burning ghat, Manikarnika is towards the north. One of the most ancient sites in the city, Dasaswamedh Ghat is a legendary sight filled with tourists and pilgrims.