Dashashwasmedh Ghat1675 Votes Currently Open
- Address: Dashashwamedh Ghat Rd, Ghats of varanasi, Godowlia, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001, India
- Timings: 24-hrs Details
- Phone: +91-8707222624
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Religious Site, Outdoors, Water Body, Landmark, View Point
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 Travel Tips
- 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.
- Blue Lassi: Indian
- Lotus Lounge: Continental
- The place Ngo Outlet cafe: Cafe, Indian, Contemporary
- Shree cafe Vegetarian Restaurant: Indian, Continental
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85.99% of people who visit Varanasi include Dashashwasmedh Ghat in their plan
1 PM - 2 PM
37.31% of people start their Dashashwasmedh Ghat visit around 1 PM - 2 PM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Dashashwasmedh Ghat
51.52% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Dashashwasmedh Ghat