The Ghats of Varanasi
One of the most frequented ghats of Varanasi, Harishchandra Ghat is one of the two main cremation ghats, the other being Manikarnika Ghat. Hindus from far and wide bring dead bodies of their loved ones here for the last rites as it is believed that if a person is cremated at the Harishchandra Ghat, he attains moksha or salvation, thus being relieved of the tedious cycle of rebirth.
One of the most well-known, sacred and oldest ghats of the ancient city of Varanasi, Manikarnika Ghat is the main burning ghat and one of most auspicious places where a Hindu can be cremated.
Lalita Ghat is made of red sandstone and is dotted with several temples. This ghat is named after the revered local goddess, Lalita.
Assi Ghat, also known as Saimbeda Tirtha, is the southernmost ghat of Varanasi. Situated at the confluence of Ganga and Assi rivers, Assi Ghat finds a mention in numerous ancient Hindu scriptures like Matsya Purana, Agni Purana, Kurma Purana, Padma Purana and Kashi Khanda.
Of the 87 well-known ghats of Varanasi, Dashashwamedh Ghat is one of the most prominent. Also perhaps one of the most spectacular, Dashashwamedh Ghat is located close to the famous Vishwanath Temple and is one of the main ghats.
Varanasi, earlier known as Benares, is one of the holiest cities of India and is identified by its numerous temples and ghats. Kashi, as it is traditionally called, is highly revered by Hindus and Jains. The famous ghats of Varanasi are set on the banks of the Ganges, a river held sacred by Hindus. The ghats offer themselves as preferred site for performing a variety of religious rituals.