Home to around 87 ghats, Varanasi is considered as one of the holiest cities of India. Some are used for religious ceremony and some for cremation. It is believed that the ghats in Varanasi symbolically represent the five diverese elements or Pancha Tatva that constitute the human body. This is one such place where you get to see life and death together.
Here we have listed a few Ghats of Varanasi you must visit:
This ghat is considered as one of the main ghats in Varanasi. Located at the bank of the Ganga river near Vishwanath Temple, Dasaswamedh Ghat is one of the oldest and most spectacular ghats of all time. This is exactly where the famous Ganga aarti takes place every evening making it the holiest and top attraction in Varanasi.
A popular place of traditional Hindu cremation, this is one of the city's oldest ghats. It is said that being burned here provides an instant gateway to liberation from the cycle of births and rebirths. Too many dead bodies, piles of firewood line the shore, and several other spine-chilling views will definitely instill thoughts of life and death.
An amazing location for photography, this ghat has a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Along the ghat, an imposing palace with its towers and turrets was built in the early 1900s by the royal family of Bihar. Most visually appealing it also has an impressive architecture you would never like to miss.
Assi Ghat is particularly important as the River Assi meets the Ganges near here. It is one of biggest and the farthest south of the main ghats. A popular starting point for boat trips and with some excellent hotels, pilgrims come to worship a Lord Shiva beneath a peepul tree. Also, here you will find music and yoga at sunrise.
Chet Singh Ghat
The Chet Singh Ghat, formerly known as ‘Khirki’ ghat is now divided into four parts. They are known as Chet Singh, Niranjani, Nirrvani and Shivala. You can learn about its cultural and religious importance by the famous seven days long Budhwa Mangal festival organized here. This historical fortified ghat has witnessed a fierce battle between the troops of Warren Hastings and Chet Singh in 1781.
Apart from these, Digpatia Ghat, Ganga Mahal Ghat, Harish Chandra Ghat, Jain Ghat, Man Mandir Ghat, Mansarovar Ghat, Narad Ghat, Shivala Ghat, Shivala Ghat, Vijayanagaram Ghat are the other famous ghats of Varanasi.