Dashashwasmedh Ghat

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  • 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

Dashashwasmedh Ghat - Review

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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  • Dashashwasmedh Ghat Address: Varanasi U.P 221001, India
  • Dashashwasmedh Ghat Contact Number: +91-9015666524
  • Dashashwasmedh Ghat Timing: 24-hrs
  • Dashashwasmedh Ghat Price: Free
  • Time required to visit Dashashwasmedh Ghat: 02:00 Hrs
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Things to Know Before Visiting Dashashwasmedh Ghat

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

  • 33.72% of people start their Dashashwasmedh Ghat visit around 09 AM - 10 AM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Dashashwasmedh Ghat

Friday, Saturday and Sunday

59.22% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Dashashwasmedh Ghat

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

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Dashashwasmedh Ghat, Varanasi Reviews

  • Not much good in summers you have to walk a lot in hot summer and that's are not provided with any shades so you can't sit their in hot sunlight. Even Ganga's water is not clear and safe to bath. Better to just visit it during evening time and don't think of swimming or taking bathe here.

  • 1.One of the ancient civilization originated on these ghats. 2.Many cultural activities takes place over here. 3. Many famous people have visited the city and the ghats, like Japanese P.M. Abe, celebrity Morgan Freeman, e.t.c.

  • 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.

  • The best thing about the ghat is its evening ganga arti. Apart from that the evening view and early morning view is just beyond words. One can sit here alone or couple or family or in groups and never be bored. Apart from the religious importance, it significantly attracts many tourists. However local vendors are not friendly and often charge you more.

  • 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.

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