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Manikarnika Ghat

The Manikarnika Ghat in Varanasi is the most active cremation place in this holy city. To be precise, Varanasi city is situated exactly between the two famous Ghats, the Manikarnika Ghat and the Harischandra Ghat.

Since a long time, Manikarnika Ghat is attracting thousands of salvation seekers. Manikarnika Ghat has a sacred well, called Manikarnika Kund. According to mythology, the well dates back to the time of creation; Lord Vishnu is said have dug it at the time of creation. According to the Hindu mythology, getting cremated here can make a soul attain liberation from the perennial cycle of births and deaths. Currently this is the busiest burning ghat in Kashi. Manikarnika Devi, worshipped by thousands, dwells in this place. In the ghat, there is a small Vishnu shrine which is said to have paduka or the footprints of Lord Vishnu. This place can be easily identified by the dark smoke-stained temples that stand on its banks. A visit to this ghat will definitely make your journey worthwhile, and you can feel a sense of spirituality linger within your soul.

Last Updated On: 2011/07/16