I had seen almost majority of the places of Varanasi. Each and every place is unique in itself and each one reminds of the ancient and rich history India has. It was the sixth day of my stay in Varanasi and finally I decided to go with my family and visit all the Ghats there. Varanasi is known for the ghats as there more than 100 of them found in the city itself. The oldest ghat in the city is the Harishchandra Ghat, Dashashwamegha Ghat and the Manikarnika Ghat.
The ghats were built by the famous Hindu rulers of that time who were ruling the country. Many of the ghats are also dedicated to the famous personalities of the country. For example there is the Tulsi Ghat which is dedicated to Tulsidas who has written the famous Ramacharitamanas. While most of the ghats are built by the Maratha, Scindias, Holkars, Peshwas and Bhonsles, there are few ghats built by the Muslimrulers too. These ghats provide an opportunity to the city dwellers to spend some quality time with family and loved ones in the evening. Moroever the boat rides offered to the local people adds to the excitement. With the presence of the Ganges beside the ghats, the place becomes more alluring and charming.
The ghats are also few of the most photogenic places which are spiritually enlightening as well. The holy River Ganga adds to the sanctimony of the place. There are several ghats which people also use for their daily chores and bathing purpose. Few of them are also used for completing the last rites of the dead body. The Manikarnika Ghat is one such ghat here which is used for conducting funeral procession and therefore is not fit for casual visit.
Several ghats are mostly religious and therefore people take holy dips into it. The evening period is most beautiful in the city when there are hundreds of candles being lighted in the ghats as a sign of worshipping. At the Dashashwamegha Ghat, the river worship ceremony of the holy River Ganga is done. This is called ‘Ganga arati’ in the local language.
The ghats are spread all over the city in all the directions. It was not possible to see all of them in a single day; however we managed to see tha famous ones.