Hanuman Ghat, Varanasi

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Hanuman Ghat is situated near Juna Akhara, a famous religious sect in Varanasi. It was earlier known as Rameshwaram Ghat as it is believed that it was built by Lord Rama himself to honour his faithful devotee Lord Hanuman.

Lord Hanuman is a God of physical strength; so the ghat is a favourite destination of body builders and wrestlers. Incidentally, the word ‘akhara’ also means a court or a special ground where the wrestlers and body builders perform their exercises and hold competitions.

Hanuman Ghat was also the abode of renowned saint of Vaishnava sect, Vallabhacharya, a great devotee of Lord Krishna.

The ghat houses a temple founded by saint-poet Tulsi Das who wrote the world-famous epic of Ramayana. The ghat also boasts of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam of Sri Sankaracharya Matha at Varanasi. Also, the Sri Kamakoteeswar Mandir is a grand temple where devotional services are regularly held.

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