Varanasi, the world’s oldest city on the banks of River Ganges in India, is loved for its historical treasures. This pious destination is home to numerous temples and ghats (a flight of steps leading down to a river) on the banks of the Ganges.
Read the article to know about some of the most prominent ghats of Varanasi that are quite popular among spiritual tourists and are visited by huge crowds every year.
The southernmost of the main ghats, Assi is one of the biggest ghats in Varanasi where the River Assi meets the River Ganges. Pilgrims from all across the world visit this ghat to worship a huge Shiva lingam beneath a peepul tree. It is also known for its terrific celebrations on Hindu religious days such as Probodhoni Ekadashi and Makar Shakranti. The evenings here are livelier and more beautiful with a number of hawkers and entertainers inundating the ghat.
Renowned for its picturesque beauty and architecture, Darbhanga Ghat is tucked between the famous Chousaiti Ghat and Babua Pandey Ghat. The palatial building of this ghat is designed using sandstone from Chunar with Greek pillars and stunning porches. Built in the early 1900s by the royal family of Bihar, this ghat is majorly dedicated to a number of religious rituals related to last rites of cremation. A huge and beautiful Lord Shiva temple in Nilkantha area exists along the ghat making it a prominent attraction in the city.
Chet Singh Ghat
This is an 18th century fortress-style palace that witnessed the battle between the troops of Chet Singh and Warren Hastings in 1781. Situated at a distance of 2 km from Dasashwamedh Ghat and 5 km from Varanasi Junction, this ghat is one of the cleanest ghats in the city. It was taken over by Maharaja Prabhu Narayan from the British in the 19th century and was originally known as Khirki ghat. The ghat has now four parts – Cheta Singh, Niranjani, Shivala and Nirvani – and is home to three Shiva temples.
Built in 1600 by Raja Man Singh, Manmandir Ghat is known for its palace featuring stunning building with exquisite ornate carvings and an impressive observatory on the roof – which was built in 1710 by Savai Jai Singh II. The ghat houses various temples including Sthuladanta Vinayak, Rameshwara Temple and Someswara Temples. The observatory on the roof was earlier used to study the movement of sun, moon and stars.