Varanasi is the holy city situated on the bank of the river Ganga in Uttar-Pradesh 320Km south east of Lucknow. Banaras and Kashi are the other two names of Varanasi. This holy city attracts the tourists from all over the world by its beautiful ancient temples and bathing Ghats which are situated around the river Ganges. Asia’s largest residential university, Banaras Hindu University is in Varanasi.The city is also famous for its silk sarees and Tambool (pan).
There are more than 100 Ghats in this spiritual city but the 5 most famous Ghats are Dashashwamedh Ghat, Manikarnika Ghat, Scindia Ghat, Maan-mandir Ghat and Lalita Ghat.
Popular Ghats in Varanasi
It is one of the popular Ghats in Varanasi which is located close to the Vishwanath temple. According to the legends, Lord Brahma created this Ghat in order to welcome Lord Shiva. Agni pooja is performed daily in the evening to impress Lord Shiva, Ganges, Sun, Fire and the whole universe.
Another famous and ancient Ghat of Banaras, the story behind this famous Ghat is Goddess Parvati hid her ear rings here and asked Lord Shiva to find them. The idea behind this was to stop Shiva from moving here & there with his devotees. According to the legends, whenever a body is cremated at this Ghat, Lord Shiva asks their soul that whether it has seen the ear rings or his wife Goddess Parvati or not.
Shinde Ghat is the other name of Scindia Ghat. It has a Shiva temple which lies partially submerged into the holy river Ganga. According to the legends, Lord Agni “The God of Fire” was born here.
It was built by the late king of Nepal. It gives the site of Keshav temple, which is built in the traditional Kathmandu style. It consists of the images of Pashupateshwar, the incarnation of Lord Shiva. Festivals, games and musical parties regularly take place on Assi Ghat which is the end of the continuous line of Ghats. This holy Ghat is mostly visited by the photographers.