The holy and ancient city of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh has over 100s of ghats and the Dashashwamedh Ghat is perhaps the most important of them all. This spectacular ghat is among the oldest and located the bank of the river Gange. ‘The river front of the ten sacrificed horses’, is the literal meaning of this ghat located close to the iconic and old Vishwanath Temple.
When in Varanasi, a visit to the Dashashwamedh Ghat becomes a must, given its vast religious significance for Hindus and devotees alike. Two legends or mythologies are attached with this ghat – the first says that, Lord Brahma created it to welcome Lord Shiva, and the second says that, Lord Brahma sacrificed ten horses in a yajna here. This ancient ghat saw two reconstructions in the 17th century and since then, it has maintained its form.
The evening aarti or the Ganga aarti at Dashashwamedh Ghat is very popular among devotees and tourists alike. The site of colorful riverfront and groups of sadhus performing religious activities around the ghat enchants the senses. The ghat is a hub of religious activities drawing devotees and pilgrims and tourists from all parts of the world. Once in Varanasi, visit this wonderful ghat and experience the religious ethos ensconced in Hinduism.