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#11 of 82 Places To Visit in Varanasi
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Near Jalasen Ghat, Ghasi Tola, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001, India
entry fee
no entry fee
All days of the week
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
visit duration
Around 1 hour

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Also known popularly as Mahasmasana, Manikarnika Ghat is known for being a place of Hindu cremation. One of the oldest ghats of Varanasi, it is also the most sacred. According to a legend, Mata Sati set herself ablaze when Raja Daksh Prajapati tried to humiliate Lord Shiva in a yagya, Lord Shiva took her burning body to the Himalayas and while going there, her body parts fell on earth. A Shakti Peeth has been established wherever Sati's body had fallen and at this ghat, Mata Sati's ear's ornament is believed to have fallen.

According to the Hindu mythology, it is believed that being cremated here provides mukti--an instant gateway to liberation from the cycle of rebirths. Symbolising both creation and destruction, at this ghat the mortal remains are consigned to flames with prayers that the souls rest in eternal peace. Interestingly, it is said to be cursed, according to which this ghat will always be an active cremation site. Apart from this, there is a sacred well at the this Ghat, called the Manikarnika Kund which is said to be dug by Lord Vishnu at the time of creation of the earth.

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