Location: Manikarnika Ghat is situated at the bank of Ganga in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. Located at a distance of 4 Km from Varanasi bus stand and 5 km from Varanasi railway station, it is one of the auspicious ghats of Varanasi.
Description: Also known as the burning ghat, Manikarnika Ghat is the main cremation Ghat of Varanasi where dead bodies are brought from distant places by the relatives and friends of the deceased. It is strongly believed that those who are cremated here are sure to attain moksha or salvation. Manikarnika Ghat is religiously associated with Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. History states that while Lord Vishnu was digging a pit with his Chakra, the earring, “Manikarnika”, of Lord Shiva fell into the pit. Manikarnika Ghat is famous for the temple of Goddess Durga and Lord Shiva which was built by the Maharaja of Awadh in 1850. The ghat also incorporates the Chakra-Pushkarini Kund, other name of Manikarnika Kund, which is believed to have come into existence even before the origin of river Ganga. The Charanpaduka of Lord Vishnu in a circular marble slab is believed to exist at Manikarnika Ghat.
Activities: By taking a walk around the ghat, tourists can witness the mesmerizing view of river Ganga. Due to the serene ambience along the river bank, doing meditation and yoga is an efficient way to rejuvenate mind and soul. Traditional food and local streets filled with colorful things and clothes allow you to explore this holy place.