Ghats on River Ganges

Ghats on River Ganges

The ghats are Varanasi’s most fascinating area, offering the perfect place for people watching and an introduction to the traditions and rituals of this ancient city. There are 87 ghats in total, running along the west bank of the Ganges, all of which are usually buzzing with activity. The ghats are used for bathing, performing puja and cremation – Varanasi’s ghats are the most auspicious place for Hindus to be cremated. The best way to view the day to day life on the ghats is from the river, though walking along them through the throngs of people is also a wonderful way to experience Varanasi. 

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Facts About Varanasi's Ghats

The definition of a ghat is ‘a flight of steps leading down to a river’

In Hinduism, ghats represent the physical, metaphysical and supernatural elements of divinity

In Varanasi, Manikarnika and Harishchandra ghats are all reserved solely for cremation rituals

Dashashwamedh Ghat is thought to be Varanasi’s oldest ghat. It is believed to have been created by the god Brahma to welcome the god Shiva to the city

Most of Varanasi’s ghats were built after the turn of the 18th century.

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