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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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  • If this area of funeral pyres could be viewed objectively then it's a service that the users pay for and the visitors are fleeced at every turn. If you are interested in the details and having the bur...  read more »
  • A place incredibly different, not suitable for children. It's worth picking up a tab to have access to the crematorium.
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  • It is the place of cremation, very strong as Visual and energetyico-level impact, going to Varanasi is a must
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  • Manikarnika Ghat is associated with the two legends. It is believed that the Lord Vishnu dug a pit using his Chakra and at the same time the Lord Shiva was watching Lord Vishnu, the earring (“manikarnika”) had fell into the pit created by the Lord Vishnu. According to the second legend, the Goddess Parvati (consort of Lord Shiva, Goddess Annapurna) hid her earrings, and asked Lord Shiva to find them. According to the another ancient mythology is the owner of the Manikarnika Ghat was bought the King Harishchandra as a slave and said him to work on the Manikarnika at the Harishchandra Ghat. Dead bodies of the people in Hindu religion are cremated usually at this ghat. It is one of the most famous, sacred and oldest ghat in the Varanasi, Manikarnika is the main burning ghat and one of most auspicious places that a Hindu can be cremated. Bodies are bring to the ghat at the bamboo stretcher covered in the red cloth which handled by the doms.
  • A sobering experience any time of day. They say that there are somewhere between 200 & 300 open cremations a day here. A night viewing is particularly striking. Keep a respectful distance to not interfere with private family business and touts.
  • Manikarnika Ghat, also popularly known as the Mahasmasana, is one of only two burning Ghats in Varanasi, the other being the equally significant Harishchandra Ghat. However, the Manikarnika Ghat is the more prominent among the two, and its origin dates back to countless centuries ago. According to Hindu mythology, the Ghat identifies itself closely with the twin lords Vishnu and Shiva. Placed at the center of the five tirthas, the Ghat symbolizes both creation and destruction. The belief runs among devotees that the burning of their dead ones here is a religious way to attain salvation or Moksha, that is, freedom from the cycle of life and death. The Ghat is known for its tranquility. Photography however, is strictly prohibited here.
  • It's the best place to understand why Varanasi is a city of Shiva God. It's the most natural and most destroyed place in Varanasi. It can destroy your imagination of death. I suggest you to have good tour guide for understanding.
  • fascinating cremation ghat. be wary and ignore the many touts who operate near this ghat. they will ask for donations to buy wood
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