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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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  • A concrete platform where the untouchables are 24/24 of the funeral pyres. Cremations strung together surrounded by the men of the family of the deceased. We don't get out unscathed emotionally instead. The peculiar smell that hangs around, the omnipresent animals like everywhere in India (goats that climb atop bonfires before lighting, cows that eat the flowers that cover the dead dogs searching the ashes...), continuous homes, the corpses in the open barely covered take you guts... See once in his life.
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  • It is the belief of the Hindus that Kashi is the gateway to the heavenly abode called Moksha .So it is the desire of every devout Hindu to visit Kashi- when alive to wash away one’s sins in the sacred...  more »
  • Very interesting place to see and understand old traditions! As a foreigner you are not allowed to come close to the ceremony but you can observe from the top building next to the cremation place (sma...  more »
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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.