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Manikarnika Ghat

Manikarnika Ghat, Varanasi

Manikarnika Ghat is one of the important ghats of River Ganges. This ghat is famous for being the sacred cremation ground for Hindus. This is a unique place to visit in Varanasi. However, if you wish to learn the complete beauty of Varanasi, a boat ride along the ghat is very essential. Veiw below for how to Reach Manikarnika ghat Or Best time to Visit Manikarnika Ghat.

Location of Manikarnika Ghat

Manikarnika Ghat is located between Scindia Ghat and Dashashwamedh Ghat. The ghat is located in Ghastiola road.

  • Distance between Manikarnika Ghat and Dashashwamedh Ghat 950 m (5 minutes)
  • Distance between Manikarnika and Kashi Vishwanath Temple 400 m (2 minutes)
  • Distance between Ghat and Varanasi Cantt Railway station – 6.9km (35 minutes)
  • Distance between Ghat and Varanasi airport 24.9 km (59 minutes)
  • Distance between Manikarnika and Sarnath 8 km (31 minutes)
  • Distance between Ghat and BHU 4.9 km (25 minutes)

A Glimpse into History

Manikarnika Ghat holds a special place in the hearts of Hindus, as it is believed to be the spot where Lord Shiva’s earring (Manikarnika) fell while he was performing the cosmic dance of creation and destruction. This sacred ghat is also associated with the legend of Mata Sati, making it one of the holiest sites in Varanasi. For Hindus, cremation at Ghat is considered highly auspicious, as it is believed to grant liberation from the cycle of birth and death. The funeral pyres burn day and night, symbolizing the eternal cycle of life and death, and the river Ganges serves as a conduit for the souls of the departed to attain moksha, or spiritual liberation.

Best Time to Visit Manikarnika Ghat

If you are looking for spotting cremations, the best time to visit is between 8 am and 7 pm. Every day, more than 300 bodies are cremated in this ghat. Thus, you can easily catch a cremation ceremony. However, finding boats early in the morning and by sunset is quite hard due to heavy demand.

In terms of climate, the winter is the right time to visit Ghat. The winter starts in October and ends in March. The worst time to visit is during peak monsoon, which starts in July and ends in August.

How to Reach Manikarnika Ghat

how to Reach Manikarnika ghat From airport, railway station, and bus stand, you can reach up to Godolia Chowk by hiring auto rickshaws, cabs or cycle rickshaws. From the Chowk, you ought to walk towards Manikarnika Ghat. On the other hand, you can reach Dashashwamedh Ghat or Scindia Ghat and hire a boat to ride along the Ghat. No vehicles are allowed beyond the Godolia Chowk.

Welcome to Manikarnika Ghat, a sacred site on the banks of the divine river Ganges in Varanasi. Join us on a spiritual sojourn as we delve into the mystical allure of Ghat, discover the best time to visit, unravel the secrets of reaching this sacred spot, and immerse ourselves in the sacred ambiance that pervades its surroundings.

A Glimpse into History

Manikarnika Ghat holds a special place in the hearts of Hindus, as it is believed to be the spot where Lord Shiva’s earring  fell while he was performing the cosmic dance of creation and destruction. This sacred ghat is also associated with the legend of Mata Sati, making it one of the holiest sites in Varanasi.

Spiritual Significance

For Hindus, cremation at Manikarnika Ghat is considered highly auspicious, as it is believed to grant liberation from the cycle of birth and death. The funeral pyres burn day and night, symbolizing the eternal cycle of life and death, and the river Ganges serves as a conduit for the souls of the departed to attain moksha, or spiritual liberation.

Conclusion

As we conclude our spiritual journey through the sacred precincts of Ghat, we are reminded of the eternal truths of life and death, and the transient nature of existence. May the divine blessings of Lord Shiva guide us on our path and illuminate our souls with the light of wisdom and compassion.

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