• Manikarnika Ghat

Manikarnika Ghat


Manikarnika is one of the five major and oldest pilgrimages and ghats of Kashi. This ghat was named Manikarnika because of the Manikarnika Kund situated on the ghat and the story associated with it. It is known that in the beginning this ghat was one of the major Vishnu pilgrimages and Manikarnika Kund situated at the ghat was known as Chakrapushkarni. According to the belief, when Shiva Parvati was observing the pond, the gem of Parvati's ear fell in Chakrapushkarni. It was named Manikarnika because of the fall of Parvati's ear gem. Presently, this ghat of Kashi is famous for both pilgrimage and cremation ground. This ghat has special importance from the point of view of religious-cultural activities and bathers. There is a special importance of bathing here on the festivals of Sun-lunar eclipse, Prabodhini and Nirjala Ekadashi, Makar and Aries Sankranti, Ganga Dussehra, Teej, Kajri, Chhath, Bhaiya Dooj etc.