Dashashwasmedh GhatCurrently Open
- Address: Varanasi U.P 221001, India
- Timings: 24-hrs Details
- Phone: +91-9015666524
- Ticket Price: Free
- 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.
- 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.
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95% 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
Could have been a place of delight if the road that leads to ghat would be clean and traffic free. No development in area around since 6 years. Suggest to visit during early morning or late evening. Boat ride is a must. Not far is Man singh ghat, were you could see observatory made during 1700s. Lastly, respect history and try to keep the area clean.
This place is awesome if you want to spend your time in some peace. You can spend hours by sitting on the ghat, it is so satisfying. If you think to came varanasi so i advice you to visit this place at least one time and I'm sure that you will find so much peace and spend much time here.
Unique, historical place, associated with the traditional Bengali sentiment and long bourne emotions.. alongside the river Ganges.. people from all parts of India and a fabulous number of foreigners gather around here round the year.
Holy peaceful place not only for Indians but foreigners also. Awesome place for yoga, meditation and peace for some time if we sit here early in the morning about 4 am to 5 am. In the evening Arti Puja is performed in a marvellous manner.
One would feel connected and at peace if you happened to be there at wee hours. 4 am is best time if you prefer to be around few people. 😀 The aarati (Prayer) and bell of temple, and Magnificent view of the Ganga makes you feel calm and connected.