• Digpatia Ghat

    The Ghat was named after the king of East Bengal, Raja Digpatia who established the Ghat and a Palace at Varanasi in the 18th century. Earlier, this Ghat was the part of Chausati Ghat. A Shiv Temple of 18th century is also established at this Ghat. Palace is the finest example of Bengali architecture. At present the Palace is known as Kashi Ashram. This Ghat is famous among the communities those come here on regular basis to take bath. After many years of its establishment the Government of Uttar Pradesh re-constructed it in 1965.

  • Chausati Ghat

    In 16th century Raja Pratapaditya had constructed this Ghat which later in 18th century was reconstructed by Raja Digpatiya of Bengal. On the Ghat, Chausati Devi temple is established because of which ghat is named as Chausati Ghat. Before Chausati Devi temple, Chausath Yogini Temple was situated in Rana Mahal which was constructed in shape of Chausath Yogini Temple of Khajuraho and Jabalpur. When this temple got damaged, it was reconstructed. It is believed that whosoever offers prayer here get all his wishes fulfilled. Besides this, a Kali Devi temple and Smarak of Raja Pratapaditya are also established near a Peepal tree on Ghat. This smarak is holy place for the Bengali people. Most of the Bengali families get the Mundan ritual of their kids done here. People/Tourist from different regions and religions have faith for this ghat and regularly come here to take a holy dip.

  • Rana Mahal Ghat

    In the second half of 17th century, King of Udaipur Rana Pratap Jagat Singh established this Ghat and his Mahal is situated on the Ghat. This is why the ghat is named after the king’s name i.e., Rana Mahal Ghat. In the Northern and Southern part of Ghat Shiv temple of 18th century is situated. Mahal has been constructed in Rajasthani Architectural style. It is said that in year 1675 while his visit to Kashi, Rana Jagat Singh stayed in this Mahal. In year 1965 the ghat was repaired by the State Government.

  • Darabhanga Ghat

    In year 1812, Minister to Raja of Nagpur, Shridhar Munshi had established this ghat and Mahal. Earlier this Ghat was the part of current Munshighat. This ghat is now known as Darbhanga Ghat. There is a temple from 19th century on this ghat and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Mahal at Ghat is constructed of stones and is well designed.

  • Munshi Ghat

    In year 1812 Minister to Raja of Nagpur Shridhar Munshi had established this ghat and Mahal. The ghat is named after the name of Mantri. Earlier, the present Rana Mahal Ghat was the part of this ghat. In 1920 the partition of ghat was done. In the upper part of Ghat, Mahal and Ram Janki temple and Narayan temple are also situated. In 19th century a Shiv temple was established on this Ghat. In the evening Ghat is visited by the local people to take bath and to do their regular activities. This is also the centre of boatmen as they tie-up their boat at this ghat. State Government has reconstructed this ghat in 1965.

  • Ahilyabai Ghat

    In year 1785 Queen (Maharani) of Indore Ahilyabai Holker had established the Ghat and a huge Mahal on its bank. The previous name of this ghat was Keval Giri Ghat, but after few years of its construction, it was renamed as Ahilyabai Ghat. Besides Mahal, Ahilyabai Bara and Hanuman temple and two Shiva temple constructed by Maharani are also situated here at present. Currently Ghat is clean and paved. A huge number of crowd come here to take bath. In the evening one can see the chanting of Bhajanas by Bengali women at this ghat.

  • Shitala Ghat

    In 18th century the Queen of Indore, Maharani Ahilyabai Holker had established the ghat. Before 19th century, this ghat was the part of Dashashwamedh Ghat. After few years of establishment of ghat, Shitala Devi temple has been constructed here. After which the ghat was renamed as Shitala Ghat. Besides Shitala Temple, four temples of Lord Shiva and six Rathikayen are also present, out of which two Dattatreya, two Viththal and Ganga and Yamuna idol are established.

  • Dashashwamedha Ghat

    In the year 1735 the Ghat was established by Bajirao Peshwa. Earlier this Ghat was extended from Ahilyabai Ghat to Dr. Rajendra Prasad Ghat. According to Kashikedar Mahatmya, Brahma ji had concluded the Dashshwamedh Yagya at this bank of Ganga, after which the name of Ghat was given. Whereas on other hand according to Dr. Kashi Prasad Jaiswal, it is considered that in 2nd century after defeating Kushan, famous Bharshiva Rajas (Kings) concluded Dus Ashwamedh Yagya at this Ghat and taken bath, after which the name of Ghat was originated. In front of the ghat, Rudra Sarovar Teerth is believed to be situated. It is believed that by taking a holy dip at this pilgrim, all curses of devotees get eliminated and they can attain salvation. From the point of view of religion, culture and history this is one of the most important Ghats of Kashi. As per the Matsya Puran this Ghat is listed among five top pilgrims of Kashi. Temples of Ganga, Kali, Ram Panchaytan and Shiv temple are established here. Several rituals and events like Ganga Pooja, mundan etc. happen at this ghat. On every evening Ganga Aarti is organised at this Ghat, which attracts the devotees and tourists from across the world. Besides above, on the occasion of Dev Deepawali Ghat is decorated with Earthen Diyas, which create amazing scenery of ghat. Various famous artists participate in this event. As the ghat is situated at the centre of the city and is one of the important ghat from religious point of view, people come from far cities on various festivals and special occasions. It is also one of the big tourist attraction points in Varanasi.

  • Prayag Ghat

    In the starting of 19th century Queen (Maharani) H.K. Devi established the Prayag Ghat. As per Kashi Khand this Ghat is also known as Prayag Teerth, which is the main reason that this Ghat is known as Prayag Ghat. The important fact about this ghat is that from Beniya Pond via Misir Pokhra and Godauliya, Godawari River (now Barsati Nala) merges (Sangam) in Ganga. Temples of Prayageshwar Shiv, Shulatankeshwar Shiv, Brahmeshwar (Chatmukh Shivlang), Abhdaya Vinayak, Prayag Madhav (Laxmi Narayan) are situated here. People have belief that after concluding Dus Ashvamedh Yagya, Lord Brahma had established Brahmeshwar Shivling here at the Ghat. Another belief for ghat is that, offering prayer at Shultankeshwar Shiv temple and taking bath at Ghat is equivalent to taking a holy dip at Prayag (Allahabad). At present Ghat is clean and paved as people who visit here cooperate in maintaining the Ghat.  In the month of Magh, a special provision for bathing facility  of devotees is being done. Various ritual and religious events are organised on the ghat. In 1977 Lalit Narayan Khandelwal of Bhagalpur (Bihar) had reconstructed the Ghat.

  • Dr. Rajendra Prasad Ghat

    In year 1984 State Government had paved (pucca) the ghat and named the ghat on First President of Free India i.e., Dr. Rajendra Prasad. Earlier the name of Ghat was Ghoda Ghat as this was the centre of sale-purchase of horses since Maurya Period. James Prinsep had proved this through photographs. Newly established temples of Durga, Ram Janki and Shiv are also established at the ghat. Nearby to the ghat statue of Dr. Rajendra Prasad is also situated. Ghat also has importance from cultural point of view, various cultural program are also organised at this ghat. Dr. Rajendra Prasad Ghat attracts the Local people and tourists in huge number. Boatmen tie their boat at this place which is available for Nauka-Vihar. Department of tourism Uttar Pradesh organizes Ganga Mahotsav at Rajendra Prasad Ghat.

  • Man Mahal Ghat

    In 16th century King of Amer (Rajasthan) Raja Mansingh had established the Ghat, Mahal and a temple at Ghat. Ghat was named after the name of Raja i.e., Man temple Ghat. For the first time James Prinsep has mentioned this Ghat in year 1831. According to Geevaarnpadmanjari previous name of ghat was Someshwar Ghat. Till 18th century ghat was known by its older name. Besides its religious and cultural importance this ghat is more famous for its huge Artistic Palace and Nakshatra Vaidhshala. Palace is fantastic example of Govardhan temple of Mathura and of Rajasthani Rajput Durga Shaili of North Medieval Period. In 17th century descendant of Raja Maan Singh, Raja Sawai Jai Singh had built the Nakshatra Vaidhshala and the map was created by famous Astrologist of Raja Sawai Jai Singh, Samrath Jagannath . In Vaidhshala one can find Samrat Yantra, Laghu Samrat Yantra, Dakshiniottat Bhitti Yantra, Naadi Valay Yantra, Dishaang and Chakra Yantra. At present the Mahal is under the conservation of Archaeological Department of India. At present Adlameshwar Shiv temple established by Raja Maan Singh and Someshwar temple constructed in 19th century, Rameshwar Shiv, Sthuldant Vinayak temple are also situated at Ghat. Currently Ghat is clean and is being used by local people for bathing and other purpose. Even today National and International Tourists get attracted towards its amazing architecture. In 1998 Irrigation Department had reconstructed the Ghat in collaboration with State Government.

  • Tripura Bhairavi Ghat

    Ancient Tripura Bhairavi (Durga) temple is situated on the way towards Ghat. In 18th century temple was re-constructed, after which Ghat was named as Tripura Bhairavi Ghat. According to Geervaanpadmanjari the former name of Ghat was Vriddhaditya Ghat. Temple of Tripureshvar Shiv and Rudreshwar Shiv are also situated on the Ghat and idol of Shakti, Vishnu, Ganesh and Surya are placed beneath the Peepal tree and a Shivling in centre in Panchaytan Shaili. Besides all this, one can find a small temple under this tree in which idol of Lord Surya is also placed. In the starting of 20th century Dayanand Giri reconstructed the Ghat and made it pucca and along with, a Math has also been constructed (H.No. D 51/100). At present Ghat is clean and well established where local people come and take holy bath. Various rituals like Mundan, Marriage, Ganga Worship etc. are also conducted here.

  • Mir Ghat

    In year 1735 former Faujdar of Kashi Mir Rustam Ali had got the Ghat and a huge fort established at Ghat. The ghat was named on its founder. According to Geervaanpadmanjari older name of Ghat was Jarasandh. In river Ganga infront of Ghat, presence of Jarasandh Pilgrimage is believed and on the upper part of Ghat Jarasandheshwar temple is also situated. Due to this reason earlier the ghat was called as Jarasandh Ghat. On the occasion of Krishna Chaturdashi of Kartik Month this place has importance for holy dip and worshipping Jarasandheshwar Shiv. Along this, temple of Vishalakshi Devi is also situated on ghat, which has its own religious importance and is a fine example of South Indian Architecture. Vishalakshi Devi is considered among the Nau Gauris of Kashi and is believed that whosoever makes wish to her, get rid of all the sorrows. Along with Vishalakshi Devi Temple, temples of Shwet Madhav (Vishnu), Asha Vinayak (Ganesh) and Yagya Varah are also situated on this Ghat. Besides above temples, two Maths are also established at the Ghat namely Bhajnashram Math; where mostly Women of Bengali community reside. Complete maintenance and upkeep of this Math is done by Swargiya Ganpat Rai Khemka Trust of Kolkata. Second Math is of Nanak Panthi Sikkh Saints. On daily basis, this Math distributes free food and medicine among the poor and the needy one.

  • Naya Ghat

    In the starting of 20th century Narsimha Jaipal of Chainpur, Bhabhua has constructed the Northern part of Ghat and a huge monument at the bank of Ghat, after which it was named as Naya Ghat. Old name of Ghat was Phuteshwar Ghat. Ghat was named as Phuteshwar Ghat because previously Phuteshwar Shiv temple was established at this Ghat. Along with this, a Hanuman Temple is also established at the Ghat.

  • Lalita Ghat

    On the way to Ghat, a temple named Lalita Devi Temple is situated. Goddess Lalita is one amongst Nau Gauris of Kashi. Ganga at this Ghat is known as Lalita Teerth, due to which it is named as Lalita Ghat. In the mid of 19th century Nepal Naresh reconstructed this ghat and made it pucca. Besides Lalita Devi temple temple of Samrajeshwar Shiv, Rajrajeshwari and Gangaditya (Surya) are also established here. All these temples are of 18th century. Gangaditya is placed among Dwadash Aditya of Kashi. In Kashi, Samrajeshwar Shiv temple is known as Pashupatinath temple of Nepal. This is also known as Nepali temple. This temple is constructed of wood and is a fine example of art and Pagoda Style. Near to this temple, a Nepali Kothi was constructed by Nepal Naresh with wood. By the end of eighteenth century Siddhgiri and Umraogiri Math were constructed and in year 1922 Jawahar Mal Khemka of Ratangarh (Rajasthan) constructed the Moksh Bhawan in Kashi. At present people bath in one part of the Ghat.

  • Jalashayi Ghat

    This is one of the Ganga Ghat where Lord Shiva is not present on the bank but feel of Lord Shiva can be felt in the river Ganga. It is believed that in front of this Ganga Ghat, Lord Shiva is present in the form of Shivlinga. Due to presence of Lord Shiva in sleeping form in Ganga that is why this Ghat is known as Jalashayi Ghat or Jalasen Ghat. According to Geervanpadmanjari old name of this ghat was Mokshdwareshwar Ghat, which later was renamed as Jalashayi Ghat. It is also believed, that offering the remains of dead body to this Shivlinga helps in achieving the Moksha. In the first half of 20th century Raja Baldevdas reconstructed the Ghat and made it pucca and simultaneously established a Dharmshala too. People who come here for cremation of dead bodies stay in Dharmshala. No one takes bath at this Ghat.

  • Khidkiya Ghat

    Ancient Vedeshwar Ghat is now known as Khidki Ghat. Khidki Ghat was mentioned by Dr. Motichandra. Peepal tree situated on ghat consist of a Shiv temple. On the upper part of Ghat Basanta Collage and Gandhi Vidya Sansthan attached to Kashi Hindu University are located.

  • Manikarnika Ghat

    In year 1730 Sadashiv Naik paved the Ghat with the help of Peshwa Bajirao of Maharashtra. It is believed that Ghat was named before the Manikarnika Kund which is present at this Ghat. According to Kashikhand the ancient name of this kund was Chakrapushkarani Kund, which was made by the Chakra of Lord Vishnu while he was doing Tapasya for Lord Shiva. Another belief is that Lord Shiv and Maa Parvati were overviewing Chakrapushkund when the precious stone of earing of Maa Parvati fell in the Kund which resulted in its name i.e., Manikarnika. According to Matsya Puran this is one of the top five important Ghats in Kashi. It is said that whosoever dies here Lord Shiva himself chant the Taarak Mantra in his ears. In front of Ghat place of Manikarnika, Indreshwar, Avimukteshwar, Chakrapushkarani, Uma, Taarak, Pitamah, Skandh and Vishnu Pilgrimage are situated. The well-known Panchkroshi Yatra starts from here after taking bath at this Ghat as well ends here after Snan-Daan. Maximum temples at Ghat are dedicated to Lord Shiva in which Tarkeshwar Shiv, Rani Bhavani Shiv, Manikarnika Shiv, Ratneshwar Shiv, Amethi Shiv (Shiv and Mahishmardini), Manokameshwar Shiv, Rudreshwar Shiv, Siddhivinayak Shiv (Ganesh), Manikarnika Vinayak (Ganesh) temples are included. These temples are constructed at different times by different Emperors of Bengal, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

    This Ghat is Mahashamshan. People from different parts of country come here for cremation. The flame of cremation never blows out. It is said that in first half of 18th century Kashmirilal established the Shamshan Bhoomi and the credit of first Shavdaah (Cremation) goes to him. There is story that there was a small dispute occurred between Chandal and Kashmirilal at Harishchandra Ghat regarding Daah Sanskar (Cremation) of his (Kashmirilal) mother’s dead body. After this dispute he purchased the land of Manikarnika Ghat and executed the ritual of Daah Sanskaar there and later on he got the ghat constructed as well.

    In starting this Ghat was only famous for Teerth where later on ritual of Shav Daah (Cremation) started. At present this Ghat is known for teerth as well as for Daah Sanskar too. This Ghat has its importance from religious as well as cultural point of view. Every time one can see people taking bath here. On the occasion of Kartik Month, Surya-Chandra Grahan (Solar-Lunar Eclipse), Ekadashi, Sankranti, Ganga Dusshera Bhaiya Duj etc. people come here and offer prayers and ritual at this Ghat. Besides Shav Daah, several rituals of Hindu Dharm also take place here. In the month of Kartik, Ramleela is also organised at this Ghat.

    It is also said that in 1988 with the help of State Government, this Ghat was rejuvenated. Northern part of Ghat is clean and paved, where generally people bathe and on the southern part of Ghat Shav Daah is being organised. On Ghat Vishnu Charan Paduka Chabutra is established on which footprints of Lord Vishnu are marked.

  • Scindhia Ghat

    In year 1835 Maharani of Gwalior Maharani Baijabaai Scindhia made the Ghat pucca, after which the ghat was named as Scindhia Ghat. According to Geervanpadmanjari ancient name of Ghat was Veereshwar. In year 1302 a man named Veereshwar got the temple Atmaveereshwar (Shiv) constructed due to which the Ghat was known as Veereshwar Ghat. It is believed that Agnidev was born here. Harishchandra and Parvat Teerth are considered to be located in front of Ghat. Along with Veereshwar (Shiv) temple, Parvateshwar Shiv and Vaikunth Madhav, Dattatreshwar (Shiv and Dattatreya) temple are also considered to be major temples here.
    In year 1949 Ghat was renovated by Gwalior Rajparivar. This is one of the Ghats on Ganga bank which is being visited most by the tourists and devotees.

  • Sankatha Ghat

    In year 1825 Ghat was reconstructed and was made pucca by the wife of Vishvambhar Dayal. In the area of Ghat, temple of Sankatha Devi (Katyayani Durga) is also located, after whose name the ghat is known by this name. Earlier extension of this Ghat was limited upto present Ganga Mahal (Second). In year 1864 after the construction of Ganga Mahal (Second) this got divided into two parts. According to Kashikhand in ancient time Sankatha Ghat used to be Shamshan Ghat. Presence of Yameshwar Shiv temple and Harishchandraeshwar temple and the bathing of Yam Dwitiya on Ghat prove this fact. Teerth of Chandra and Veer are considered to be in front of the Ghat. It is believed that taking bath on this Ghat and offering prayers to Sankatha Devi on every Friday and Yama Dwitiya on the sixth day of Navratri is of utmost importance than other days. According to Padma Puran, Devi is also known by various names like Vijaya, Kamda, Dukh Harini, Katyayani, Sarvrogharna. Along with this, temple of Vashishteshwar Shiv, Vaikunth Madhav, Chintamani Vinayak Temple is also located here. Area near to the Ghat is considered to be Devlok. It is counted in delightful ghats of Kashi. At present Ghat is clean and well maintained and due to its religious importance crowd of tourists and pilgrims can always be seen here. Palace of King of Badauda is also situated at the Ghat which was constructed by Maharani Guhnabai. In the adjoining area Gujrati Brahmans reside. In year 1965 State Government renovated the Ghat.

  • Ganga Mahal Ghat (I)

    In year 1864 Gwalior Maharaj Jayajirao Scindia purchased the Ghat and paved it and constructed a Grand Palace. Due the presence of Mahal at at bank of River Ganga, this is named as Ganga Mahal Ghat. This Mahal is famous for its architecture and art. For the entrance in Mahal two entrance gates are available at at bank of River Ganga. Inside the Mahal one can find the temple of Radha-Krishna of Nagar Shaili where festivals and events on the occasion of Krishna Janmashtmi, Ramnavmi, Ganesh Chaturthi, Shivratri and other major festivals are organised. Here Krishna Leela is also being organised during which alms and meals are offered to Brahmins. Besides this, Lakhsminarayan Temple of 18th century is also situated here. At present Ghat is clean and well maintained. Despite being the less importance from religious point of view people take a holy bath at this Ghat. With the help of State Government, Irrigation Department renovated the Ghat. Mostly local people come at this Ghat to take bath. People from Gujarat and Maharashtra reside here near to this Ghat.

  • Bhonsale Ghat

    In year 1795 Bhonsla Maharaj constructed the Ghat and the Mahal located at this place after which this Ghat was named as Bhonsale Ghat. According to Geervanpadmanjari its ancient name was Nageshwar Ghat. Nearby to the Ghat there is a temple named Nageshwar Shiv temple which has been placed in Dwadash Jyotirlingas. Mahal at Ghat is important from Art, Craft and Architectural point of view. Entrance gate of Mahal is situated on the Bank of Ganga. At the centre of Mahal Laxminarayan and Raghurajeshwar (Shiv) temple is also situated.

  • Ganesh Ghat

    In year 1807 Amrit Rao Peshva of Puna made the Ghat pucca and also got the construction of Amrit Vinayak temple (Nagar Shaili) done. As the Amrit Vinayak (Ganesh) temple is established the Ghat is named as Ganesh Ghat. In ancient time this was the part of Agnishwar Ghat. There is a special importance of taking bath on Shukla Chaturthi of Bhadrapad Month here. On this occasion after taking bath at the Ghat people offer prayer at Amrit Vinayak temple. On various occasions Religious Events, Pravachan-Keertan is being organised and food and clothes are being offered to the poor and needy one. At present Ghat is clean and well maintained. People come here to take bath on daily basis as well occasionally too.

  • Mehta Ghat

    In year 1960 Kolkata resident Ballabh Ram Shaligram Mehta had purchased the land of Ghat and constructed the Ghat there. Earlier this was the part of Ramghat and kuchcha. At the upper part of Ghat there is Hospital and famous Saangved Sanskrit Vidyalaya situated. The Ghat is constructed of bricks and cement but as it has less religious importance so people here come to take bath is less in number. The people of the Marathi community reside on this Ghat.

  • Ram Ghat

    In the 18th century Raja Sawai Jai Singh of Jaipur has constructed Ghat and Ram Panchayatan temple at Ghat. As this Ram temple was situated here so the Ghat was named as Ram Ghat. Earlier the Ghat was extended to current Mehta Ghat. In 17th century the temple was vandalized by Aurangzeb and in 18th century the temple was reconstructed. This reconstruction was done by Sawai Maan Singh, which at present is safe. According to Geervanpadmanjari in front of Teerth of Ram, Tamravaraha, Indradyuman and Ikshvaku exist in Ganga. On the occasion of Ramnavmi of Chaitra Month importance of taking bath in river and offering payer at Ram temple is more in comparison to other days. Besides this Temple of Atiriktkal Vinayak and Lok Devta Khandoba of Maharashtra are established. On Panchami and Ashtami of Maghsheersh Month Maharashtrian people offer prayer to Khandoba with full enthusiasm. Along with this, cultural dance program and other cultural programmes are also organised here. At present Ghat is made pucca and clean and local people come here to take bath. On certain occasions people come here to take bath and offer prayer. People from Maharashtra are found in majority in the adjoining areas.

  • Gwalior Ghat

    In the mid of 19th century King of Gwalior Maharaja Jayajirao Scindia constructed Ghat and a Mahal at Ghat. As the Ghat was constructed by King of Gwalior so the Ghat was named as Gwalior Ghat. Earlier this was the part of present Jatar Ghat. Three small temples of Lord Shiva are also situated on this Ghat.

  • Panchaganga Ghat

    In 1580 ghat was renovated and made pucca by Raghunath Tondon. It is believed that invisibly Sangam of Yamuna, Saraswati, Kirna and Dhutapapa Rivers take place here. Hence due to Sangam of these five rivers this Ghat is named as Panchaganga Ghat. In ancient time name of Ghat was Bindu Madhav Ghat and temple of Bindu Madhav (Vishnu) was also established here. According to beliefs, Bindu Madhav’s temple was constructed by Raja Maan Singh of Amer (Rajasthan) in the starting of 17th century, which later on in seventeenth century was vandalized by Aurangzeb and was transformed in Alamgira Masjid. Soon after this the Ghat was named as Panchganga Ghat. In the mid of 18th century, Bhawan Rao Panth representative of Maharaja Audh (Satara) Maharashtra, constructed current Bindu Madhav temple. This Ghat is known as Kanchipur Area under Saptpuriyo situated in Kashi and Bindu Madhav temple is being compared with Jagannath temple of Puri (Odisha). According to Kashikhand while taking bath in the month of Kartik and Autumn season, it increases the credibility of the presence at this Ghat. It is said that while taking bath for a complete month at Prayag in the month of Magh the punya that person earns is equal to the Punya that can be earned within a day by taking bathing at this ghat. At present there are several Maths and temples established at Ghat. Ramanand (Shri Math Sansthan), Shri Sansthan Gokarn Partkali Jivottam, Styabhama and Tailangswami Maths are counted among the important and major Maths and besides this Bindu Madhav temple, Bindu Vinayak, Ram temple (Kangan Vali Haveli) Ram temple (Gokarnmath), Ramanand temple, Dhutpapeshwar (Shiv), Revateshwar (Shiv) temple are along with Alamgir Masjid among major religious spots at this ghat. Between Asi to Adi Keshava Ghats Alamgir is the only Masjid situated on mid of Ganga Ghats. This Masjid is also important from architectural and artistic point of view. In 14th and 15th century Vaishnav Sant Ramanand used to reside in Ramanand Math and throughout his life spread the teachings of Lord Rama and guided Kabir-Raidas and his pupils. In 19th century Mahan Sant Tailangswami used to reside at Tailang Swami Math at Ghat. Here he had established a huge Shivlinga. It is said about the Shivlinga that Tailangswami had established it by taking it out from the river Ganga. Near to Ramanand Math, Deep Hajara Stambh is also established which was constructed by Ahilyabai Holkar, which is lighten through diyas on Kartik Purnima. At present people at Kashi lighten the diyas as per their reverence.

    Panchganga Ghat is among the most important Ghats in Kashi. This is the only Ghat whose stairs of above part are safe from ancient time till now. Panchganga Snan Mela is also being organised at Ghat from Kartik Shukla Ekadashi to Purnima. On this occasion after taking bath people offer prayer to Bheeshm whose idol is made up of clay. In the month of Kartik on the bank of Ganga long bamboos are installed and diyas are hanged on it in large number, which enhances the beauty of Varanasi. Besides this, religious and cultural events are also being organised at this Ghat.

  • Durga Ghat

    This Ghat was first mentioned in Geevarnpadmanjari (17th Century) with the support of Peshvas Narayan Dixit reconstructed this Ghat. Due to presence of Brahmacharini Durga Temple on this Ghat, the ghat was named as Durga Ghat. On the second day of Navratra of Chaitra and Ashvin month offering prayer to Brahmacharini Durga after taking bath has more importance as compared to other days. Besides this, Kharv Narsimha Temple is also situated on Ghat. In front of Ghat Kharv Narsimha pilgrimage is considered as teerth. Stairs on the bank of Ganga are being constructed according to Shastriya Vidhi. On the bank of Ganga, Chowkis are established after every 9 stairs. These nine stairs symbolize 9 Devis. On regular basis religious and cultural programs and events are being organised on the Ghat. As the Ghat has great religious importance so beside local and regular visitors, pilgrims from across the country visit here. In adjacent area of Ghat large number of Maharastrian Brahmins resides, out of which some of these Brahmins provide Vedic Education. In year 1958 Ghat was reconstructed by State Government.

  • Brahma Ghat

    In 1740 Narayan Dixit along with the construction of Durga Ghat constructed this Ghat also. Firstly it was mentioned in Geevarnpadmanjari. It is said that on the order of Lord Shiva when Lord Brahma had visited Kashi, then Lord Brahma had made this place as his residence, that’s why it is named as Brahma Ghat. One can find the description of Brahma and Kashi in Matsya Puran. Brahma temple (idol of Lord Brahma of 13th century is established) and Brahmeshwar Shiv temple are situated on this Ghat. Inside the Kashi Math Sansthan of Ghat Bindu Madhav (Dattatreya) and Laxmi Narsimha Temples are situated. To visit to Brahmeshwar Shiv temple and Brahma temple from Ganga Bank various stairs according to Shastriya Vidhan have been constructed. While visiting to Brahmeshwar Shiv, Chowkis have been constructed after every five stairs which symbolizes Panchaytan Shiv, whereas while visiting Brahma temple chowkis constructed after every four stairs symbolizes Chaturmukhi Brahma. According to beliefs, Aadi Shankracharya used to reside at Shri Kashi Math Sansthan during his arrival to Kashi. Chaturmas Anushthan is being organised on this Ghat every year by Kanchikoti Shankracharya. State Government had reconstructed this Ghat in year 1958 and now is used by local residents for bathing.

  • Bundi Parakota Ghat

    In the end of 16th century King of Bundi (Rajasthan) Maharaj Rao Surjan had established Ghat and the Mahal on Ghat. According to Geervaanpadmanjari the older name of this Ghat was Aadivisheshwar. At the centre of Mahal situated at Ghat Visheshwar Shiv temple is also established, after whose name Ghat was called as Aadivishveshwar. Earlier this Ghat was extended to Sheetla Ghat (Second). In second half of 19th century King of Bundi, Raja Rao Pritam Singh reconstructed Sheetla Ghat (Second) after which the Ghat was divided into Pritam Singh and Sheetla Ghats. In year 1958 State Government had renovated both the Ghats and Pritam Ghat was renamed which could be related to Bundi Raja and finally the ghat was named as Bundi Parkota Ghat. Besides Aadi Vishveshwar temples of Annapurna, Sheshmadhav (Vishnu) and Karnaditya Surya, Aadtiya are also established. In front of Ghat existence of Karnaditya Teerth is considered to be in Ganga River. Although Ghat is pucca at present, but to reach bank of River Ganga one has to go through the stairs of Sheetla ghat. Hence local people take bath at Sheetla Ghat instead of preferring this Ghat. Even today the architecture of pillars and art of Mahal is appreciated by the regular visitors and tourists.

  • Lal Ghat

    In first half of 19th century King of Tijara (Rajasthan) had constructed the Southern Part of the Ghat. Ghat was described by James Prinsep. In year 1935 Raja Baldeo Das Birla had purchased the Ghat and adjacent Mahal for his residence, and made the Ghat and Mahal pucca in terms of construction. Northern part of Ghat was Kachcha before 1988 and washer man used to wash clothes over this Ghat, hence the Ghat was also famous as Dhobia Ghat at that time. Temple of Gropeksheshwar Shiv and Gopigovind temple are also established on Ghat. On the Purnima of Magh month having Ganga Snan her has its own importance. On the bank of Ganga Baldeo Das Birla Sanskrit Vidyalaya is also established which was constructed by Baldeo Das Birla and nearby at another Bhawan provision for staying of students has also been made. Saints and pilgrims reside at Birla Dharmashala on Ghat. Sanskrit Vidyalaya and Dharmshala are being operated by Birla Trust. Here facility of free education, food and cloth is also available. At present Ghat is clean and pucca. Here local people visit to take bath at Ghat but if compared to month of Magh, numbers of pilgrims that come is more in number as compared to other days. In year 1988 with the help of State Government, Irrigation Department has reconstructed the Ghat.

  • Hanuman Garhi Ghat

    In year 1972 Ghat was reconstructed by Tekchandra Sahi pupil of Shyamaldas. Earlier this was the part of Gaayaghat. Mainly Baba Shyamaldas used to reside on Ghat who was from Bihar. In year 1950 he had established Hanuman temple on Ghat, due to which the Ghat was named as Hanuman Garhi Ghat. At ghat ‘Mahatyagi Ashram’ is also situated whose construction was done by pupil of Shyamaldas, Raman Mahatyagi. In this Ashram students are taught about Sanskrit, Yoga and Astrology for free. Just like other Ghats, this Ghat is also very clean and made pucca. A Vyayamshala is also located on the upper part of Ghat, where competition of Kushti and Dangal are being organised.

  • Gaay/Gai Ghat

    In 19th century Southern Part of Ghat was constructed by Nepal Naresh Rana Shamsher Bahadur and Northern Part of Ghat was constructed by Balabai Shitole wife of Maalavji Narshingh Rao Shitole, Deewan of Gwalior Rajvansh. It is believed that one can get rid of curse of killing of cows (Gau Hathya) by taking bath at this Ghat. This is why the ghat is named as Gaay/Gai Ghat. On other hand local people believe that in ancient time people of adjacent areas use to come at this Ghat with their cows for religious bathing to get the thirst of cows quenched, because of which the Ghat may would’ve named as Gaay/Gai Ghat. Photos received from Sawai Mansingh Second Museum, which were related to Ghat also verifies its presence. According to Linga Puran and Kashikhand Goprakesh teerth is considered to be in front of Ghat. After taking bath in teerth, offering prayer to Mukhnirmalika Gauri has much more importance. Mukh Mirmalika Gauri is counted among Nau Gauris of Kashi.

    Besides Mukh Nirmalika Gauri, temples of Lord Hanuman, Sheetla, Laxminarayan, Shiv are also situated at this Ghat. In Upper Southern Part of Ghat, huge Mahal which was constructed by Nepal Naresh was purchased by Industrialist Dalmia in year 1940. Mother of Dalmia used to live in this Mahal. At present this Ghat is known as Dalmia Bhavan. Huge number of Shivlinga can be seen here at the stairs of Ghat and idols of Nandi in sitting position (whose size is almost three ft. high). Several religious-cultural programs are also being organised at this Ghat, in which rituals like Mundan Sanskar, Marriage, Ganga Worship, Pind Dan and Bhajan/Keertan, Sangeet, Pravachan and Ramlila in the month of Kartik Annual decoration of temple are considered to be major events. At present the Ghat is reconstructed and made pucca. People who visit at this Ghat also cooperate in keeping the Ghat clean. People here come on regular basis for bathing and on special occasions also. According to local people to get rid of curse of cow slaughtering (Gau Hatya) people come at this Ghat. In year 1965 Ghat was reconstructed by State Government.

  • Badri Nayarana Ghat

    In the starting of 20th century Northern part of Ghat was made pucca by Nagar Prishad (at present Nagar Nigam). Earlier this Ghat was known as Mehta Ghat. On ghat Badrinarayan (Nar-Narayan) temple is also established, due to which in ancient time the Ghat was known as Badrinarayan Ghat. Nar-Narayan teerth is considered in Ganga in front of Ghat. Besides Badri Narayan temple, Nageshwar Shiv temple is also situated. In the month of Paush taking holy dip in river Ganga is considered to be more important as compared to other days. Due to religious importance of Ghat, tourists and local people take bath at this Ghat. To maintain the cleanliness at Ghat, public toilet is also constructed at Ghat.

  • Trilochan Ghat

    In year 1740 with the help of Peshvas, Narayan Dixit made the Ghat pucca. Due to presence of Trilochan Mahadev temple in Ghat region, this Ghat is known as Trilochan Ghat. According to Kashi Khand this Ghat is dedicated to third eye of Lord Shiva and Narmada and Pippila rivers merges (Sangam) into Ganga river at this Ghat. All these three rivers are equal to third eye of Lord Shiv, due to which the Ghat is named as Trilochan Ghat. This Ghat is considered among top most pilgrimages of Kashi. Trilochan temple was destructed at the time of Aurangzeb, which was constructed in 18th century by Nathubala Peshva of Puna. In year 1965 this temple was reconstructed by State Government. Trilochan Mahadev is main deity of OmkareshwarKhand of Kashi. Those Pilgrims who wish to do Omkareshwar Yatra start the Yatra after taking holy dip in river and after offering prayer at Trilochan Mahadev. In front of Ghat teerth of Pippila is considered to be in Ganga River. Annual Shringar of Trilochan Mahadev is done on Vaishakh Shukla Tritya (Akshya Trityaa). On this occasion, after taking bath at Ghat devotees offer prayer to Trilochan Shiv and do Bhajan-Keertan, Satsang etc. Besides this other religious cultural programs are also being organised here. Besides Trilochan temple, temple of Pranav, Hiranyagrabheshwar, Bheemeshwar, Kashi Devi temple, Yamuneshwar Shiv are also established at Ghat. Arunaditya (Surya) is prayed under Dwadashaditya of Kashi. Stairs at this Ghat are also constructed as per Shastriya Vidhan. From Ganga Bank at every 12 stairs, chowkis are constructed. These twelve stairs symbolizes Dwadash Shiv. At present Ghat is clean and is reconstructed. It is said that in the month of Vaishakh (21 April-21 May) taking holy dip at Ghat has much more importance as compared to other days/months. Due to its religious importance along with local people, devotees from other parts of country also visit here very frequently. In year 1965 State Government has reconstructed the Ghat. Earlier the Southern part of Ghat was not paved Kachcha which later in 1988 constructed by Irrigation Department with the support of State Government.

  • Gola Ghat

    In the starting of 20th century Nagar Parishad (Nagar Nigam at present) had paved the Ghat. According to local people, earlier Galla Mandi (centre of sale-purchase of grain) used to be placed at the upper part of Ghat. Local people call this market as Gola due to which this Ghat is named as Gola Ghat. Bhrikeshav (Vishnu) temple is situated in Ghat region. At present Ghat is well constructed and is used mostly by the washer men. In year 1988 Irrigation Department has re-constructed the Ghat with the support of State Government.

  • Nandishwar Ghat

    In year 1940, Dwarikanath Chakrawarti of Bhavanipur (Bengal) has made some part of Ghat pucca and constructed a huge Bhawan at Ghat. Nandishwar Shiv temple is also located on the Ghat bank. For the first time Ghat has been described in ‘Banaras and Its Ghat.’ Currently the Ghat is clean and inspires visitors of this Ghat also cooperate to keep the ghat clean, which is why ghat is being used by local people for bathing. In the year 1988, Irrigation Department had made the remaining part of Ghat pucca with the support of State Government.

  • Sakka Ghat

    Local people of Banaras often call this Ghat as Sakka Ghat. Whereas in 1868 Wax had defined the ghat as Babu Suka Ghat. In the above portion of Ghat Hardasram Sewa Ashram is situated and a Bal Chandrashekhar Shiv temple is also situated in its premises. At present Ghat is pucca (paved).

  • Telianala Ghat

    Previously ancient drain of Varanasi used to flow into the Ganges river, due to which it was named Telianala. Sawai Maan Singh (Second) museum in Jaipur this Ghat is displayed in the photographs (of 17th-18th century) related to Ghat. A Shiv temple is also situated in the premises of Ghat, which has its religious importance. Devotees in great number come here and offer prayer.

  • Prahalad Ghat

    In the starting of 20th century Ghat was made pucca by Nagar Parishad (at present Nagar Nigam). It is believed that nearby to the Ghat Lord Vishnu had saved his devotee Prahalad from his father Hiranyakashya. Due to this incident Ghat was named as Prahalad Ghat. At Sawai Maan Singh (Second) Museum, Jaipur this ghat is displayed in photographs (of 17th – 18th century). Among temples established at Ghat, Prahaladeshwar Shiv, Prahalad Keshav (Vishnu), Sheetla, Eshaneshwar Shiv, Jagannath and Narsimha temples are considered among main temples. According to the facts, Tulsidas used to reside at this Ghat in the beginning and later on he visited Assi Ghat. A Tulsidas Temple is also situated at the place where Tulsidas used to reside (H.No. B 10/58). Infront of Ghat, Baan teerth is considered to be in Ganga River. This is one among the main Ghats of Varanasi. From Shukla Paksh of Vaishakh month, five day Narsingh Mela is being organised with all enthusiasm and joy, in which Purnima ki Jhanki is considered to be the most beautiful part of Mela. Here at this Ghat several cultural and religious events are also being organised from time to time. People here take holy dip on every day and on few special occasions huge numbers of people gather to take bath. In year 1980 this ghat was divided into two parts and the new ghat was named as Nishadraj.

  • Raj Ghat

    In year 1988 with the help of State Government, Irrigation Department paved the southern part of Ghat. In ancient time Kings of Kashi used to reside nearby to this ghat. As kings used to reside in this area so the Ghat was named as Raj Ghat. Government had renamed this Ghat as Malviya Ghat on the name of Mahamana Madan Mohan Malviya but still today the ghat is known as Raj Ghat. In front of Ghat due to existence of Mahishasur Teerth in river Ganga few people also call it as Mahishasur ghat. Raj Ghat is among the ancient ghats due to which it presence can also be seen in Maurya Period also. According to references Mahal of Kings of Garhwal is also present here. In the premises of Ghat, temple of Badrinarayan, Ram-Janki, Sant Ravidas temple and two Mathas are situated. It is believed that Saint Ravidas constructed his Niwas (house) on this Ghat.
    Infront of Ghat existence of Teerth of Mahishasur, Vaaman, Uchchlak, Dattatreya, Nar-Narayan and Yagya Varah is considered in river Ganga. On the occasion of Nag Panchami in the upper portion of Ghat at Shri Satsang Parivar Vyayamshala, Kushti contest is being organised on bigger platform. On road near to the Ghat tomb of Lal Khan of 18th century is situated. At present it is under conservation of Archaeological Department. According to proofs in the ancient time city area of Kashi was situated near to this Ghat. Adjacent areas were used to be the religious, cultural centres. Dufferin Bridge was constructed on the Ghat. One can see all the Ghats of Varanasi from this bridge. Later on Government has changed its name to Malviya Bridge (Bridge). But instead of Malviya Pul people remember it by Rajghat Bridge. Near to the bridge Kashi Railway Station is situated. Bridge has its importance from Rail and Road transportation point of view. This bridge connects the Eastern part of country. At present Basant Mahila Mahavidyalaya is situated in Qila (Fort) Area of ancient time. Every year in Kashi after Durga Puja, Saraswati Puja, Vishwakarma Puja and Worship of other Gods, their idols are immersed (Visarjan) on this Ghat. At present Southern part of Ghat is pucca and Northern part of Ghat is kachcha. On large scale localites visit here on daily basis. To maintain the cleanliness on ghat Public Toilet has also been constructed.

  • Adi Keshava Ghat

    In 18th century Queen of Bengal, Maharani Bhavani constructed the ghat and made it pucca, but after few years Ghat got damaged and later in year 1906 Deewan of Gwalior, King Narsimha Rao Shitole reconstructed the Ghat. It is believed that when Lord Vishnu first time visited Kashi he visited this Ghat and placed his own statue (idol) on this Ghat. At present this idol is situated in Adi Keshava Temple due to which the Ghat was named as Adi Keshava Ghat. Due to the presence of Ghat on Ganga and Varuna Sangam Sthal this Ghat is also known as Ganga Varuna Sangam Ghat. Besides Adi Keshava, Gyan Keshav, Sangameshwar Shiv, Chintaharan Ganesh, Panchdevta and one other Shiv temples are also situated here. It is believed that Sangameshwar Shivlinga was established by Lord Brahma himself. In the sequence of Ghat of Varanasi, this is the last Ghat.

    According to Matsya Puran this Ghat is considered to be among five main teerths of Kashi and is also believed to be first Vishnu Teerth of Kashi. Besides these beliefs it is also said that when Lord Vishnu had visited Kashi, he had then cleaned his feets here. Infront of Ghat teerth of Padadok, Ambarish, Mahalaxmi, Chakra, Gada, Padma, Adityakeshav and Shwetadeep which are related to Lord Vishnu are considered to be in river Ganga. It is said that by taking bath in Ganga or by its Sparsh (by touching) or by Jal Grahan (drinking water) infront of Ghat, one can attain Moksh. The location of Ghat is there since Garhwal era. Near to the Ghat, Rulers of Garhwal had their quila (fort). In their donation boxes (Daan Patra), proofs of Mundan Sanskar, Naamkaran, Upnayan and other Rituals can be seen. In the month of Bhadra, on occasion of Varuni, a fair is being organised on the ghat. Pilgrims of Panch teerth move forward after taking bath on this ghat and offering prayer here. This Yatra finishes on Manikarnika Ghat. On the upper part of Ghat a Vyayamshala is also situated. In year 1985 State Government has made modifications on this ghat, and at present to maintain the cleanliness at ghat, every possible step is being taken.

  • Assi Ghat

    Assi Ghat is among the ancient ghats of Kashi. In the direction of Ganga river flow this ghat is considered to be the first ghat of Varanasi. The ghat is situated on the Southern border of Kashi on the Sangam of Ganga and Asi river (at present extinct).
    The temples here on this Ghat are situated from first half of 19th century. Laxminarayan temple is of Panchayatan Shaili. This temple is not only related with three different deities but also resemble Naagar Sthapatya Shaili. Here Asisangameshwar temple is also situated which is dedicated to Lord Shiv. Offering prayer at this temple has its importance. At ghat Jagannath temple symbolizes Jagannath temple of Puri. In the second half of 18th century this temple was constructed by Mahant of Jagannath puri Odisha. According to beliefs this temple is considered to be Haridwar of Kashi. Besides this Narsingh, Mayureshwar and Baaneshwar temple are also established at this Ghat. It is believed that by taking a holy dip at this ghat one can get all the happiness and prosperity in the world.

    Previously the complete area of this Ghat was extended till current Bhadaini Ghat. Tulsidas had resided in one of the cave at this Ghat and created Ramcharit Manas and in 1680 he died at this ghat. After 19th century this ghat was divided into five parts Assi, Gangamahal (Pratham), Reevan, Tulsi and Bhadaini Ghat. In 1902 Maharani Dulhain Radha Dulari Kunwar of Sursand State of Bihar Rajya had purchased the land from former Kashi Naresh Prabhu Narayan Singh for ghat and temple construction. In June 1927 due to sudden death of Maharani ghat could not be built, but Laxminarayan Panchratna temple which was constructed by her is still the symbol of religious faith and her love for art and architecture. In year 1988 the Ghat was made pucca with the help of State Government.

    This ghat is the centre of attraction from social, cultural and religious point of view. From early morning people start gathering here and enjoy the environment of Ghat. In the evening (after sunset) Ganga Aarti is also organised at this ghat. Various rituals like mundan, marriage, ganga prayer etc. are also being organised here.

  • Ganga Mahal Ghat (II)

    In the starting of 20th century the then Naresh of Kashi Prabhu Narayan Singh has built a huge monument on this Ghat, which was named as Ganga Mahal, later on Ghat was named after this Mahal. Ganga Mahal is a fine example of Rajput and Local Architectural Style. At present this Mahal is maintained by Kashi Naresh Maharani Trust. This Mahal has a provision of accommodation for foreign tourists who came here for Art and Singing Study. Ganga Mahal Ghat is attached to Northern Boundary of Assi Ghat, earlier this was the part of Assi ghat.

  • Rewan Ghat

    Lalamisir Purohit of King of Punjab, Raja Ranjeet Singh Purohit constructed this ghat and the Mahal at Ghat, that’s why previously this ghat was known as Lalamisir Ghat. In year 1879 Maharaja Rewan had purchased this ghat and mahal, after which the ghat was renamed as Rewan Ghat. The coastal part of Mahal is constructed with the collection of Ardhstambhs. From the security point of view several arrangements have been made around the Ghat. Earlier this ghat was the part of Assi ghat. In the second half of 20th century Rewan Naresh had donated this Mahal to Kashi Hindu Vishwavidyalaya. University had started hostel in this Mahal for students of Drishya and Sangeet Kala.

  • Tulsi Ghat

    In the second half of 18th century Balaji Peshva had made this Ghat pucca. Before this the ghat was the part of Assi Ghat. Tulsidas had originated several khands of Ramcharit Manas at this ghat (when it was part of Assi Ghat) and later on died at this ghat. Because of this reason the Ghat is named as Tulsi Ghat. In year 1941 the Ghat was reconstructed by Baldeo Das Birla. On this Ghat Lolark Kund is also situated which is considered among Dwadash Aditya, because of this reason the Ghat is also known as Lolark Ghat. From religious point of view this ghat is important. In the adjacent area of Ghat Lolarkeshwar, Amareshwar, Bholeshwar, Mahishmardini (Swapneshwari), Arkvinayak, Hanuman (of 18th and 20th century), Ram Panchyatan (two temples) are also established. It is said that Tulsidas himself established the Hanuman Temple (B2/14) and a Vyayamshala, in which every year Kushti etc. contest are being organised.

    Taking bath in Lolark Kund on Bhadra Shukla Shashti has more importance as compared to other days. It is believed that ladies who don’t have any child if they take bath at this kund with a wish for a child, their wish might get fulfilled. It is believed that one can get rid of all illness after taking a holy dip in this kund.

    Ark Vinayak temple (one among 56 Vinayak) is also situated on this Ghat. Pilgrims use to worship Ark vinayak before starting their Panchkroshi Yatra. At regular time period Samuhik Paath of Ramcharit Manas, Naag Nathaiya Leela, Dhupad Sangeet Mela is also being organised at this ghat. All religious and cultural program are being organised at this ghat under the supervision of Mahant of Sankat Mochan temple.

  • Bhadaini Ghat

    The reason behind the name of Bhadaini Ghat is the region nearby it, whose name is also Bhadaini. In Ancient time this ghat was the part of another ghat, Lolarka Ghat, whose content is found in Puranic Literature. In previous time the region was known as Bhadra Vana (Forest of Bhadra Tree). The exceptional thing at this ghat is that no religious activity is performed here.

  • Janki Ghat

    Before 1870 the Ghat was Kachcha and the ghat was known as Naghambar Ghat. In 1870 Maharani of Sursand State of Bihar province Rani Kunwar made this ghat pucca, after which this ghat was named as Janki Ghat. People believe that the Rani belongs to that place (Sursand State of Sitamadi district) where most of the people are devotees of Sita (Janki) due to which the ghat was named as Janki Ghat. In the area of ghat Shiv temple, Ram-Janki temple and Laxminarayan temple are situated. In year 1985 with the help of State Government, Irrigation Department reconstructed this ghat.

  • Mata Anandmayi Ghat

    Earlier the Ghat was kachcha and its name was Imiliya Ghat. In year 1944 Mata Anandmayi purchased the land from Britishers and made the ghat pucca and constructed a huge ashram at ghat. Since then the ghat is known as Anandmayi Ghat. On the bank of Ghat, Mata Anandmayi Ashram (B2/291) is also established. In the premises of Ashram Annapurna and Vishwanath (Shiv) temple and one huge Yagyashala are established. At these spots several religious activities take place. Mata Anandmayi Kanyapeeth is also the Bhawan (B2/294) situated at ghat. Here girl intake education with Gurukul method. Ashram provides free shelter, food and cloth to these girls. In year 1988 Irrigation Department repaired the Ghat.

  • Vaccharaj Ghat

    During latter half of 18th century Merchant named Vaccharaja made this ghat Pucca. A belief is also considered here that seventh Jain Tirthankar of Suparshvanatha was born near to this place. At present most of the families live here from Jain community. Occasionally cultural events, bhajans and kirtans are also organised here. People who live nearby to the ghat do regular exercise and take bath in it. Ganga temple, Arkureshwar (Shiv) temple, Suparshavnath Jain (Shwetambar) temple and Gopal temple (1968) constructed by Mata Anadamai are established.

  • Jain Ghat

    In 1931 Jain community made this ghat pucca and named it as Jain Ghat which earlier was known as Vaccharaja Ghat. On daily basis people from Jain Community perform their religious activity and take bath at the southern end of the ghat. Whereas on the Northern end of the Ghat boatman families are living, which completely changes the view of ghat from southern end. Famous Suparshwanath (Digambar) Jain temple is situated on ghat which was constructed in year 1885. Mostly people from Jain community take bathe at this ghat.

  • Nishadraj Ghat

    Nishadraj Ghat was the part Prabhu Ghat till the first half of 20th century. In the second half of 20th century this Ghat came into existence. A large number of boatmen families live on this ghat, which can be seen here. Nishad Ghat houses only one temple namely Nishad Raj Temple, which was constructed by Nishad Community few year back.

  • Prabhu Ghat

    In the first half of twentieth century Nirmal Kumar of Bengal paved this Ghat. Nirmal Kumar himself constructed a huge Bhawan at this Ghat. Just like Nishadraj Ghat on this ghat also majority of Mallaha live. In year 1989 Irrigation Department reconstructed this ghat with the help of State Government.

  • Panchkot Ghat

    In the end of 19th century Panchkot (Bengal) Naresh had constructed this ghat. Because of this reason this ghat is known Panchkot Ghat. Near to Ganga bank Bhawan and Garden of Raja is established. In this garden a Shiv temple and Kaali temple are also situated.

  • Chet Singh Ghat

    This ghat has its historical importance. This place has witnessed a ferocious battle between troops of Warren Hastings and Chet Singh in 1781. Ghat and fort on ghat were constructed by Kashi Naresh Balwant Singh. Ghat was named after ancestors (Chetsingh) of Maharaja Prabhu Narayan Singh. Earlier this Ghat was the part of Shivala Ghat. From historical point of view this ghat has its significance. In year 1781 war between Warren Hasting and Chetsingh was fought in this fort, in which Chetsingh got defeated and britisheres captured the fort. In the 19th century Maharaj Prabhu Narayan Singh won the fort from British rulers and donated Northern part of fort to Naga Sadhus. Two shiv temples of 18th century are also established on this ghat.
    Before twentieth century this ghat was significance from cultural point of view. From first Tuesday of Chaitra month, famous weekly Budhva Mangal Mela used to be organised on this Ghat. Due to certain circumstances from last few years the mela is being organised on Dashashwamedh Ghat by Cultural Organisations. In year 1958 State Government had reconstructed this ghat.

  • Niranjani Ghat

    Originally the ghat was the part of Chet Singh Ghat. On this ghat famous Akhada (B3/155) of Niranjani Sadhus is situated. In year 1897 Kashi Naresh has donated this Akhada to Naga Sadhus, after which the ghat is named as Niranjani Ghat. In year 1958 State Government had reconstructed this ghat. Niranjani Paduka temple, Ganga temple, Durga temple and Gauri-Shankar temple are established in the premises of Akhada.

  • Mahanirvani Ghat

    On the north end of Niranjani Ghat one can visit Mahanirvani Ghat. On this ghat famous Akhada of Mahanirvani Community is established. The ghat is named after this akhada. This Akhada was established in the beginning of 20th century. Previously the akhada was the part of Chet Singh Fort. Four Shiv temples are also established in the akhada which were constructed by former Nepal Naresh. According to the proofs around 7th century Acharya Kapil Muni of Sankhya Darshan used to reside here. Near to the akhada Deen-Heen Sangati Niwas is also established which had been operated by Mother Teresa. Here treatment of handicapped, helpless and people suffering from leprosy. In one part of ghat, channel (Nala) of city gets immersed into river Ganga, due to which people rarely visit at this ghat. In year 1988 with the help of state government, Irrigation Department reconstructed the ghat.

  • Shivala Ghat

    In 18th century former Kashi Naresh Balwant Singh had constructed this ghat. Later the ghat was divided into several parts. At present northern part of Ghat is known by its previous name. In the second half of 19th century King of Nepal Raja Vikram Shah constructed a huge monument on the ghat and along with it established a Shiv temple also. On ghat Kashi Naresh has also established Brahendra Math, in which South Indian Pilgrimages reside. In the mid of twentieth century this ghat has cultural significance as famous ‘Budhva Mangal’ Mela used to be organised on this ghat. On the 10th day of Muharram few Tajia are being immersed on this ghat in river Ganga. The ghat is clean and pucca and is frequently used by tourists, devotees and localites for bath and other activities. In 1998, with the help of State Government, Irrigation Department reconstructed the ghat.

  • Gularia Ghat

    In the starting of 20th century businessman of Varanasi Lallu ji Agarwal has constructed this ghat. Few years before a Gullar tree used to be situated on this ghat, due to which the ghat is named as Gullaria Ghat. At present that Gular tree is not present here. Previously the ghat was the part of Dandi Ghat. Later on the Ghat was made pucca. On the top of stairs one can witness the ruins of old houses and other buildings.

  • Dandi Ghat

    This ghat in Varanasi is mainly dedicated to the followers of Dandi Panths and was established by the businessman of Varanasi Lallu Ji Agarwal in the starting of 20th century. A Math of Dandi Swamis is also established on Ghat due to which the ghat was named as Dandi Ghat. Sherring I Explored this ghat in 1868 AD. Group of Fakirs or Babas can be seen here daily. A Vyayamshala, Shiv temple and a Hanuman temple are also situated on this ghat.

  • Hanuman Ghat

    It is believed that the Hanuman temple which is situated on this ghat was established by Tulsidas, because of which the ghat was named as Hanuman Ghat. Famous Juna Akahada is established on this Ghat. According to Geervanpadmanjari (17th century) the previous name of Ghat was Rameshwar Ghat. It is said that Lord Ram himself established this Shivling on the ghat his Yatra to Kashi., which at present is situated in Juna Akhada. Rameshwar Shiv is worshipped among Dwadash Jyotirlinga of Kashi. Later on this ghat was renamed as Hanuman Ghat, whose story was explained by James Prinsep in 1831 for the first time.
    Rameshwar, Siteshwar, Laxmaneshwar, Bharateshwar, Shatrughaneshwar (All Shivlings) temple, Hanuman temple, Vishnu temple and Ruru Bhairav temple are established on this ghat. Rameshwar Shiv resembles Rameshwar temple of Tamil Nadu, whereas Ruru Bhairav is considered among Ashta Bhairav of Kashi. In Garbhgraha of Vishnu temple idol of Lord Vishnu made of Black Stone is established.
    This ghat has its significance from religious and cultural point of view. In 16th century Vallabhacharya resided on this ghat. By sitting here Vallabhacharya had preached the glory of Lord Krishna to his followers. As the ghat has religious importance so the devotees and tourists from various parts of country come here for worshipping and conclude other religious activities on several festivals. Most of the South Indians can be found on this ghat. In year 1984 with the support of State Government, Irrigation Department had reconstructed this ghat.

  • Prachin (Old) Hanuman Ghat

    The ghat was made pucca in 1825 by Mahant Hariharanath. This ghat has its significance, as great saint Vallabha (C.E. 1479-1531) who had laid the philosophical foundation for a resurgence of Krishna Bhakti was born here (at this region) & his birthday is also celebrated here on every 11th dark-half of the month of Vaisakhi (April-May). The temple of Lord Rama established on ghat consists of five Shiva Lingams. Name of Shiv Lingas are named after Rama (Rameshwar), his two brothers Laxmaneshwar and Bharateshwar, his wife Siteshwar and his monkey-servant Hanumadeeshwar.

  • Karnataka Ghat

    In the early 20th century this ghat was the part of Hanuman Ghat. Ghat was constructed with the support of Mysore state, after which the ghat was named as Mysore Ghat and later on renamed as Karnataka Ghat. Moreover a Dharamshala and a Shiv temple is also situated on ghat. There are several Smarak of Satis on ghat. People who take bath at ghat are more of South Indians who mostly stay at Dharmshala established here.

  • Harish Chandra Ghat

    The ghat got its name as Harish Chandra Ghat because the King Harish Chandra had once done cremation work here for the sake of perseverance of truth and charity. Due to this reason ghat was named as Harish Chandra Ghat. People have belief that getting praised from Raja’s work God has rewarded him with his restored lost throne and his dead son to him. Harish Chandra is one among the two cremation ghats (other is Manikarnika Ghat) of Kashi. It is believed that whosoever is cremated here gets Moksha because of which people from distant places bring the dead bodies of their family and friends to cremate them here. There is no specific date or time mentioned for the beginning of cremation on this ghat.Century are the witnesses of presence of Shamshan at that time. According to Granths, the person who dies here get free from Bhairvi Yatna and attain salvation.

    According to Kedarmahatmya, Kedareshwar Antargrahi Yatra starts after taking bath here at this ghat. At present only cremation process take place at this ghat. Before 1988, the ghat was the centre for sale-purchase of sand, but after the ghat was made pucca this practice of sale and purchase stopped at ghat and at the same time an electronic crematorium has been established here, which works along with traditional cremation. There are three Shiv temples on this ghat, among which Kamkotishwar temple (Shiv Mandir) is counted among major temples. This temple is constructed as per South Indian Sthapatya Shaili.

  • Lali Ghat

    This ghat is known as Lali Ghat. In 19th century Maharaja Vijayanagram paved the ghat. Saint of Champaran (Bihar) Sant Lali Baba used to reside at this ghat, because of which the ghat was named as Lali Ghat. A Akhada named Gudarhdas ka Akhara was established at this ghat by Lali Baba, which is preserved till date. Keerateshwar Shiv temple of 19th century is also established on this ghat. At the upper side of Ghat temple of Lambodara, Chitamani and Jyestha Vinaykas, Kiratesvara, Jayanta Siva Lingam and Maha Laxmi are also situated. As the ghat is near to Harishchandra Ghat so mostly Shavyatri take bath at this ghat.

  • Vijayanagaram Ghat

    In the second half of 19th century Vijayanagram Maharaj built the ghat and monument at ghat, due to which the ghat is named as Vijayanagram Ghat. In the later half of 20th century Maharaja donated the ghat monument to Sant Swami Karpatri Ji, after which Karpatri Ji started residing at this Bhawan (Monument). At present the bhawan is known as Swami Karpatri Ashram. Mokshlaxmi temple and Shiv temple are established here in 19th century.

  • Kedar Ghat

    As Kedareshwar Shiv temple is established on this ghat so the ghat is named as Kedareshwar Ghat. Kedareshwar Shiv is considered among Dwadash Jyotirlinga of Kashi, which has been described in many epics. According to Brahmavaivarta Purana Kedar Ghat is considered among Aadi Manikarnika region.

    Kedareshwar Shiv temple resembles Kedarnath temple of Himalaya. It is said that person who worships this temple is equal to worshiping of Kedarnath of Himalaya. Besides this it is also believed that Lord Brahma himself worshipped here in this temple. Local people consider Kedareshwar Shiv superior to Kashi Vishwanath. Vitankan Narsimha temple and Bhairav temple are also established on this ghat. In 16th century Kumarswami had established Kumarswami Math on this ghat. In the month of Shravan taking bath and worshipping at this ghat has more significance than other days. After Durga Puja and Kali Puja most of the people immerse (visarjan) the idol of Devi at this ghat. Near to the ghat there is also a kund, named Parvati Kund. It is the belief that this kund consists of medicinal properties which can cure several diseases.

  • Chowki Ghat

    It is said that the street of ghat is connected to Chaumuhani, from where one can move towards Kedareshwar, Mansarovar, Sonapur and Chautha ghat.Due to these four routes, this ghat is known as Chowki Ghat. In 19th century Kumarswami Math has constructed the ghat. The Chowki Ghat is also famous for huge Peepal Tree (Ficus religiosa) which is located at the top of stairs. This ghat houses the great array of Stone Figures of Snakes, Nagas. Besides this at some places one can find the Naga Kupa i.e., ‘Snake Well.’ Festivals like Nag Panchami etc. have special significance to worship snake in these pilgrimage places. Temples dedicated to Lord Shiv and Lord Hanuman are also established on this ghat. It is said that Tulsidas himself placed the idol of Lord Hanuman in Hanuman temple. From cleanliness point of view a public toilet is also situated on this ghat.

  • Kshemeshwar Ghat

    It is believed that Shiv Bhakt Kshemak (Rakshas) had established Kshemeshwar temple on the bank of ghat. Because of this temple the ghat is named as Kshemeshwar Ghat. The old name of this ghat was Nala Ghat. In 19th century the ghat was paved by Kumarswamy Math.

  • Mansarovar Ghat

    Amer (Rajasthan) Naresh Maansingh had established the ghat and Mansarovar Kund in adjacent area. This Sarovar has major significance as taking bath in the Sarovar is equivalent to taking bath in Kailash Mansarovar. Adjacent area is known as Mansarovar Mohalla. As residential development Sarovar has been transformed into Well. Hence whosoever wants to take bath at this Sarovar goes to Mansarovar Ghat. The ghat has been reconstructed in the year 1950.

  • Narad Ghat

    Earlier name of this ghat was Kuwai Ghat. In the mid of 19th century Naradeshwar (Shiv) temple was established on this ghat after which the ghat was renamed as Narad Ghat. It is believed that Naradeshwar Shiv was established by Devarshi Narad. By the end of 19th century South Indian Swami Sativedand Dattatreya had made the ghat pucca. On the upper part of ghat Dattatreyeshwar (Shiv) temple and Dattatreya Math have been established. Atrishwar temple (10th century) and Shiv temple (20th century) are also situated on ghat. A huge Peepal tree is also situated on ghat. Beneath this tree remains of Lord Vishnu’s Idol (of 12th-13th century) can be found.

  • Raj Ghat

    In year 1807 Peshwa Amrutrao of Puna established the ghat. Hence in starting the ghat was known as Amrutrao Ghat. Later on the ghat was renamed as Raj Ghat. Amrutrao had established a Mahal and Shri Sansthan Annapurna Math on the bank of ghat. Math serves food and clothes to the Saints, needy and poor people for free. Annapurna temple, Laxminarayan temple and Shiv temple are also situated on this ghat. Various cultural programs are being organised inside the Mahal and on the boat infront of Mahal in Ganga River. Math organises Ganga Aarti on ghat.

  • Pandey Ghat

    In 19th century Babua Pandey of Chhapra (Bihar) had established this ghat, due to which this ghat was named as Pandey ghat. According to Geervanpadmanjari, before 19th century the ghat was known as Sarweshwar Ghat. Sarweshwar Shiv temple certifies the old name of this ghat. At present ghat is clean, hence local people also visit here to take bath. In year 1965 State Government has reconstructed the ghat.