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Manikarnika Ghat, Varanasi
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Pay a visit to Manikarnika Ghat, one of the country's best-known and sacred ghats. Sitting on the banks of the large, revered river, the ghat features a staircase leading down to the main area in which traditional Hindu cremations are performed. Learn about the site's spiritual heritage to understand why so many wish their bodies to be cremated here after death. The complex's architecture, the river, and the burning funeral pyres create an arresting sight, and visitors should maintain a respectful air at all times. Put Manikarnika Ghat and other Varanasi attractions into our Varanasi vacation trip planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Very impressive burning ceremonies on the open air. But be careful: if you decide to take pictures, local Indians will extort money for it. 
  • This is the ghat that is most revered for its cremations. Cremations happen here 24/7 and are most dramatic at night. Do not take pictures directly in front of the cremations. I went by evening boat r...  more »
  • as per the ancient sayings this is place after visit you will get moksha. i visit place in night. Extremely different experience. 
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  • Manikarnika Ghat is one of the ghats in Varanasi and is most known for being a place of Hindu cremation. It is one of the oldest ghats in Varanasi. It is revered in Hindu religion. When Mata Sati sacrificed her life & set her body ablaze after Raja Daksh Prajapati tried to humiliate Lord shiva in a Yagya practiced by Daksh. Lord Shiva took her burning body to the Himalaya. On seeing the unending sorrow of Lord shiva, Vishnu sends the Divine chakra to cut the body into 18 parts which fall on earth. They are called "Ashtadash Shaktipeeth". Lord Shiva established Shakti Peeth wherever Sati's body had fallen. At Manikarnika ghat, Mata Sati's Ear's ornament had fallen. In Hindu believe if dead bodies are cremated here the soul directly goes to the heaven. Cremation done here is only by wood and fire manually . No electric furnace is available on this ghat.
  • Ram nam chants while men walk by with dead on their shoulders. Massive pyre-wood mountains. Go to the main ghat or Lalita Ghat. Carry some water and roam through alleys, stop by at music shops, selling ektara, damroo, djembes. AVOID Kashi Vishwanath. Numerous small, big, fenced, pillared temples of Shambhu Nath, Rudrnath Mahadev Bholenath Shivlings scattered through the entire area adjoining te Ghat. Try tea for sure!
  • Ancient Cremation place, where bodies still burn. It is said that the Lord himself set fire to this place as he cursed this place because Maa Uma Parvat's Mani fell here & was never found. Jai Mahadev
  • In Varanasi Ghats are our favourite palace to sit &feel the spiritual part of Hinduism. At the end of the day one can lost him/herself by sitting on the Ghats. Only down side is that some of them are very dirty so people should take care of them.
  • We need to strongly believe that we are not going to take anything after the death. So enjoy whatever you like to do. Don't think others. Live the life in short time of period. If you have more money give others to enjoy the life. In this way you will enjoy more then others do. I did some snap posts. See and realize where we are going to be in the final day of each one.