Dasaswamedh Ghat, Varanasi

4.5
At Dasaswamedh Ghat, see how locals gather at their most sacred river to perform religious rituals and appease their gods. This main ghat rests close to Vishwanath temple, where many Hindu legends came to existence. Learn from the locals as they preach that Lord Brahma created this site to welcome Lord Shiva; some devotees believe that Brahma sacrificed 10 horses here to prove his sovereignty. As you roam this area, notice the observatory overlooking the river, which was built in 1737. Feel free to take part in religious festivals, but watch out for the fire during the daily Agni Pooja (worship of fire) ritual. Plan trip to Varanasi with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.
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  • I am just giving a 4 rating just because of evening Arati. It's a mandate and must see. Ghats are not clear. But the Arati truly speaks about indian culture.Also visually awesome. This is most well kn...  more »
  • It is the first ghat to be visited (usually) when accessing the Ganges and also here the Ganga Aarti ceremony is organized and witnessed. It could be said that Dashashwamedh Ghat is the main ghat in Varanasi on the Ganges River, the largest and most visited!!. It is located near TheVishwanath Temple and is probably the most spectacular ghat. Two Hindu legends are associated: according to one, Lord Brahma created him to receive Lord Shiva. According to another legend, Lord Brahma sacrificed ten horses during Dasa-Ashwamedha yajna made here. The current ghat was built by Peshwa Balaji Baji Rao in 1748. A few decades later, Ahilyabahi Holkar, the queen of Indore, rebuilt the ghat in 1774. Near the ghat, overlooking the Ganges, is the Jantar Mantar, an observatory built by Maharaja Jai Singh of Jaipur in 1737.
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  • This ghat seems to be very busy morning and throughout the day and the evening gives it a totally different appearance. It has steps into the river for religious bathing and ceremonies. One of the few ghats easier accessible by vehicle with parking close by. At times it is better being on a boat and watching the ceremonies being conducted there. Lots of stalls where one can buy souvenirs. Was told this this is the main ghat of the approximate 84 on the Ganges. Good place to get spiritual boost.
  • Such a magnificent place.. especially during Evening its the best time.. to visit the ghat.. beautiful religious ceremony are carried out. Advice: try to view the ceremony from the boats..it heightens the altogether experience.
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