Manikarnika Ghat

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  • Address: Varanasi, U.P., India
  • Timings: 24-hrs Details
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Religious Site, Water Body, Family And Kids
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Manikarnika Ghat is the main cremation Ghat of Varanasi. Manikarnika Ghat is one of the oldest and most sacred Ghats in Benaras. According to the Hindu mythology, being burned here provides an instant doorway to freedom from the cycle of births and rebirths. It is believed Lord Vishnu meditated here for many years and left his footprints in a circular marble slab.

According to mythology Lord Vishnu went through several thousand years of prayers and meditation to appease Lord Shiva. He wanted to convince him not to destroy the holy city of Kashi. Lord Shiva came with Parvathi to grant him the wish. Lord Vishnu dug a well (kund) on the bank of the Ganges for the couple to bathe in. When Lord Shiva was bathing, a Mani from his earring fell into the well hence the name Manikarnika. Mani means beads, Karnam means ear and Angad means ornaments. The other myth is that the ear jewel from Lord Shiva fell down to earth while he was dancing angrily. The temple of Lord Shiva and Mata Durga was built around 1850 by the Maharaja of Awadh. The pond dug by Lord Vishnu is a holy pond called Cakra-Pushkarini. History has it, this kund existed earlier than the origin of the Ganges.

Lying at the centre of the five tirthas, Manikarnika Ghat symbolizes both conception and devastation. Mortal remains are consumed by fire with prayers so that the soul rests in eternal peace. The hot ashes of the burnt bodies makes you ponder over the inevitable destruction of everything in the world. Bodies are brought to the ghat on a bamboo stretcher covered in the red cloth which handled by the Doms. The Ghat is always crowded with funeral parties. Shops nearby sell everything from Ghee, wood, offerings to clothes. Doms who are considered the guardian of death perform the burning ceremonies. Manikarnika Devi who is worshipped by millions every year inhabits the place. The Tarakeshvara Lingam also draws people throughout the year. The busy cremation ground is called Jalasi Ghat. You cannot miss this because of a dark, smoke-stained temple that stands there.

Manikarnika Ghat is one of the sacred ghats in Varanasi which will help you to soak in divinity. The ghat has a lot of religious and historic significance attached to it and hence it is mandatory to explore the same, during your Varanasi trip. Even though the entrance to the ghat is free and there are no Manikarnika Ghat tickets in general, still there are Manikarnika Ghat tours which will give you some enlightenment about the holy place. Buy the Manikarnika Ghat tour tickets and know the historical significance of the same

  • It is worthy to note that photography is strictly considered a taboo.
  • This is seen as a provocation and act of hostility and might lead to unwanted troubles.
  • Cycle of birth and rebirth does comes to a standstill here.
  • You may see an Aghori sadhu who uses ashes of human remains to show he is not afraid of death.
  • Nearby there are old folks home, which you can visit and donate some money.
  • Take a guide if you want clear explanations of the rituals.
  • There will be cows and goats in the crowd so be careful.

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  • Manikarnika Ghat Address: Varanasi, U.P., India
  • Manikarnika Ghat Timing: 24-hrs
  • Manikarnika Ghat Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Manikarnika Ghat(preferred time): 05:30 am - 10:00 am
  • Time required to visit Manikarnika Ghat: 02:00 Hrs
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  • 95% of people who visit Varanasi include Manikarnika Ghat in their plan

  • 65.08% of people start their Manikarnika Ghat visit around 10 AM - 11 AM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Manikarnika Ghat

Monday, Wednesday and Friday

53.6% of people prefer walking in order to reach Manikarnika Ghat

People normally club together Panchganga Ghat and A Palace On The River Rashmi Guest House while planning their visit to Manikarnika Ghat.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures
  • This ghat seems to be very busy morning and throughout the day and the evening gives it a totally different appearance. It has steps into the river for religious bathing and ceremonies. One of the few ghats easier accessible by vehicle with parking close by. At times it is better being on a boat and watching the ceremonies being conducted there. Lots of stalls where one can buy souvenirs. Was told this this is the main ghat of the approximate 84 on the Ganges. Good place to get spiritual boost. The Manikarnika ghat is one of the most famous Hindu burning ghat's and one of the oldest cremation areas in Varanasi. People come from all over India to have their loved ones cremated here. As one approaches the Ghat walking on the Ghat road, one stats seeing all those huge piles of timber which is being sold there by various dealers and one knows one has arrived at the burning ghat. Some devotee's also take a ritual bath here. There is a belief that those cremated here will receive liberation. According to Hindu mythology, Manikarnika Ghat is believed to be the place where the either the earring or eye of Sati fell down when Lord Shiva was carrying her to the Himalaya.

  • Very interesting but tough experience. Real ceremonies. You can meet a guide at the river and he could show you these ceremonies and provide all necessary information to understand it. You will see things unimaginable.

  • Please don't get depressed... We have been formed from 5 elements of nature and we will return back to nature... Lord Shiv will redeem each one of us from rebirth and will give MOKSHA when one's body gets cremated on Manikarnika Ghat. Following video is just to show ghats of Varanasi.

  • An ancient cremation grounds for centuries. It has an historical significance. The Mani(Earrings) of Ma Parvati fell down at this ghat marking its religious significance. The pyre is never lit off irrespective of the weather. The pyre is considered a sacred place of the dead.

  • Manikarnika Ghat is also one of the oldest and most sacred Ghats for Hindu religion and mythology. It is said that cremation at this site ensures that one’s soul rests in perpetual peace upon their earthly demise. For centuries, a funerary rite at Manikarnika Ghat has been thought to provide one with immediate liberation from the endless cycle of rebirth

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