Dashashwasmedh Ghat, Varanasi

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  • Address: Varanasi U.P 221001, India
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About Dashashwasmedh Ghat, Varanasi

The sound of the conch is a call for prayers. Come to the Dasaswamedh Ghat to rejoice in the Agni Puja. Young priests in saffron coloured dhotis starts the aarti by chanting mantras and songs. They light up brass lamps and incense sticks next to the puja thali.  This aarti is a dedication to Lord Shiva, River Ganges, Surya, (sun) Agni (fire) and the whole universe.

Dashashwasmedh Ghat is one of the oldest, most spectacular and important ghat. It is located at the bank of the river Ganges near the old Vishwanath Temple. The literal meaning is Dash which means 10, ashwas meaning horse and medh mean sacrifice. There are two mythologies about the ghat. One says Lord Brahma created the ghat to welcome Lord Shiva back from a period of banishment. The other is that Lord Brahma sacrificed 10 horses in a spiritual ritual here. The Dashashwasmedh Ghat was built by the Bajirao Pesava I in 1740 AD. It was restored in 1774 by the Queen of Indore, Ahilyabai Holkar.

Dashashwasmedh is one of the oldest Ghats of Varanasi yet it remains unspoilt and clean. This ghat is famous for the Agni Puja. But a group of sadhus can be seen performing religious activities throughout the day and night. Historically, it is considered as the most favourite and main ghat among the Hindu devotees. It attracts foreigners and pilgrims from all over the world. Along the ghat, there are various religious temples as well as tourists’ destinations. Some of the devotees come here daily in the morning to pay homage. They bathe in the holy Ganges and then offer prayers. The Ghat evokes spiritual thoughts and people meditate here on a daily basis. The beautiful environment, cool, fresh air at the break of dawn is heavenly. Sun rise and Sun set over the water of the Ganges adds glorious colours.

The Ganges Aarti is performed every evening after sunset. Thousands of earthen lamps are immersed in the Ganges. The floating lamps gives the water an ethereal touch. Sit in a boat in the water and watch the lamps float by. A maha Ganges aarti held at the ghat at Kartik Purnima attracts unbelievable crowd.

Dashashwasmedh Ghat Information

  • It’s a mystic, enchanted and spiritual place.
  • It can be very slippery next to the water’s edge, so be careful.
  • Come early for the evening aarti, it can get crowded very soon.
  • Traffic can be quite intense, so be prepared to get stuck in jams.
  • The pundits perform pujas in perfect sync. 

Restaurants Near Dashashwasmedh Ghat

  • Blue Lassi: Indian
  • Lotus Lounge: Continental
  • The place Ngo Outlet cafe: Cafe, Indian, Contemporary
  • Shree cafe Vegetarian Restaurant: Indian, Continental

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Things to Know Before Visiting Dashashwasmedh Ghat

  • 95% of people who visit Varanasi include Dashashwasmedh Ghat in their plan

  • 22.58% of people start their Dashashwasmedh Ghat visit around 09 AM - 10 AM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Dashashwasmedh Ghat

Wednesday, Friday and Saturday

51.65% of people prefer walking in order to reach Dashashwasmedh Ghat

People normally club together Nepali Temple and Manikarnika Ghat while planning their visit to Dashashwasmedh Ghat.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

Dashashwasmedh Ghat, Varanasi Reviews

  • If you looking for peace, this is it. Historical place, stands for it's popularity. Better street foods available. Awesome view from boat. If you travel their, it would be remarkable exp of life. You would love this place during evening, so I would recommend to visit at that time.

  • It is a holy place for each and every Hindu people. Many temples are there. One thing I don't like is environment. It's too bad, poor, don't clean by any people. Cows, Ox are moving here and there with peoples. It's very much disgusting but people's are good and helpful. Uttar Pradesh Police is serving each and everyone for 24×7 which I like the most. Talking about communication you will get each and everything to travel to any place no worry for that.

  • Visited as a tourist. There is no place like this in the world. It is older than the history. And still as lively as a new born. Amazing. If possible, visit in the evening to watch the 'arti'. You may take a boat ride at very nominal prices. All the urban facilities are also available here.

  • The place has a great historical importance.. Can say the best Ghat where you can hire a boat for seeing the different other ghats from the river while you stroll.. Each year ll visit.. Amazing place..

  • Hey i am doctor Keshav psychologist..Very clean now. Wonderful place for spiritual inner different dimension. It was amazing for calibrate our inner state by seeing things there.. great place to experience..

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