Built upon an intriguing mythological story where Brahma (the creator of the universe) sacrificed his ten horses, the Dashashwamedh Ghat is one of the most vibrant places to visit in Varanasi. The atmosphere around the ghat is absolutely enthralling, especially if you choose to interact with passers-by.
One can be full of spiritual thoughts if one spends some time at this ghat. Some people are used to the daily meditation in the early morning at the ghat because of the beautiful environment, safe atmosphere, cool and fresh air. Spending some time here makes one feel like sitting in heaven. The sun rising and sunset scene in the morning and evening are the awesome scenes which provide a special colour to the Gange water.
Visiting the place in the early morning will let you witness the beautiful spectacle of the rising sun. Such a scenario will let you capture some really great memories on your visit to the ghat.
Two Hindu legends are associated with the Dashashwamedh Ghat. According to one such legend, Lord Brahma had created it to welcome the Mahadeva, Lord Shiva. According to another legend, Lord Brahma had sacrificed ten horses during Dasa-Ashwamedha yajna performed here.
The present ghat was built by Peshwa Balaji Baji Rao in the year 1748. A few decades later, Ahilyabahi Holkar, the Queen of Indore rebuilt the ghat in the year 1774. Close to the ghat, overlooking the Ganga lies the Jantar Mantar, an observatory built by Maharaja Jai Singh of Jaipur in the year 1737.
2. Maa Kali Temple. The ancient Maa Kali temple is located near the Dashashwamedh Ghat. If you are exploring the ghat, never miss visiting the temple.
3. Dashashwamedh Ghat Aarti. Ganga Aarti (ritual of offering prayer to the Ganges river) is held daily at dusk. Several priests perform this ritual by carrying deepam and moving it up and down in a rhythmic tune of bhajans. Special aartis are held on Tuesdays and on religious festivals. The Ganga Aarti starts soon after sunset and lasts for about 45 minutes. In summer the Aarti begins at about 7 pm due to the late sunsets and in winter it starts at around 6 pm. Hundreds of people gather at the ghat every evening to watch the event.
4. Boating. You can also enjoy boat riding to have a thorough view of endless Ganga. Visitors hardly give it a miss.
Locals- The Varanasi city is well-connected internally to ensure better commuting to other areas. To reach Dashashwamedh Ghat, the first one needs to reach Godaulia. After getting there, a 5-10 minutes walk reacquired to reach the Dashashwamedh Ghat.
Outsiders- If you are going by air, the nearest airport is Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport. Also, you can opt railway service by deboarding at Varanasi Railway Station.
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