Manikarnika Ghat, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

Manikarnika Ghat is located in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh (a state in India). Manikarnika Ghat is located beside the river Ganga (Holy River), therefore it is considered as the holiest place for cremating the remains of a body in the Hindu religion. It is said that when a body gets cremated at the river bank or when the ashes of the body are spread across the river, the human soul gains moksha which means that the soul would be able to reborn as a new person and would lead a happy life in the next birth.

Varanasi is known for being the capital for the pilgrimage tours along with Tirupathi and few other cities. This city consists of various temples which represent the architecture of various dynasties from the 5th century to the 18th century AD. The original scriptures and the Hindu genealogy are also present in the city and are being preserved by the state government.

According to the legend, there are 51 places in India which are considered as the Shakthi Peeth, the body parts of Mata Sati. One of the Shakthi Peeth is located in the city which was an ornament (an Earring) of Mata Sati. Earring is also known as 'Manikarna' in Sanskrit, therefore, the ghat is known as Manikarnika Ghat. The name Manikarnika Ghat was also named after Maharani Lakshmi Bai (who was the queen of Jhansi) since she was born in this city and had a huge role in Indian history for her bravery and loyalty.

Aarti Timings

Aarti Ceremony of Manikarnika Ghat starts at 07:00 PM in Summer season and 06:00 PM in Winter season - (Time duration about 30 - 45 minutes)

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