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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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  • World's oldest city with lots of flavours of life.. this place has its own uniqueness which attracts Indians as well as international tourism. Holy city have many ghats, temple and historic places. People are very frank here. There are many tasty street food options available.

  • It's a different place, where u can learn to live in the moment and forget the whole world. No place can even be compared to this place, and experience which can not be explained in words. Must go here at least once in life, if u didn't went then u missed something in life. It teaches u how to live happily and die peacefully.

  • Approach very conjusted. Good place. Evening aarti very nice. Must watch. Chat with sadhus over there. Sped time in alone sitting there and concentrate in evening when ghat is empty. Eternal calling eternal Try boat ride

  • Nice place to visit. Filled with tourist and worshipers. Best time to visit in morning at 5am or night at 9 pm (no crowd). For aarti visit at 6:30 pm to reserve to seat for a better view. Arti starts at 7 pm.

  • Divinity could be felt if one has the eye. One of the most beautiful places on the bank of holy Ganges to sit and experience serenity, peace and life. Usually, the evening Ganges Aarti {ritual offerings} is the main attraction of the ghat, as it attracts most of the tourists visiting the holy and ancient city.

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