Varanasi Ghats, Varanasi

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The ghats are actually long stepping stones leading to the waters of the River Ganga. These ghats are dotted with several temples and are the focal point of all pilgrimage activities.

Varanasi is one of the most sacred places of the Hindus. Deeply rooted in Hindu mythology and belief, it is believed that a dip in the purifying waters of the River Ganga at these ghats can absolve all sins. Visit Varanasi anytime of the year and you will be able to see people taking a dip in the waters, and more so during special religious festivals.

Manikarnika ghat is the most famous ghats of Varanasi. It is believed that dying in Varanasi or being cremated at Manikarnika ghat can lead to moksha, or freedom from the cycle of births and deaths.

A morning and evening aarti (Fire worship) is performed on the ghats daily. The evening aarti is especially mesmerizing when devotees light diyas (earthern pots) and set them afloat on the water of the Ganges.

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