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About Assi Ghat

Assi Ghat, one of the most famous ghats in Varanasi is at the confluence of Varuna which flows in northern of Varanasi and Assi, a small stream flowing through the southern part of Banaras. At this ghat, pilgrims take a dip before offering their prayers to Lord Shiva in the form of lingam under a peepal tree. The Assi Ghat also marks the southern end of Varanasi. There is one more Lingam, which is worshiped at Assi Ghat, called Asisangameshwar Lingam that represents the Lord of the confluence of the rivers and is placed in a small marble temple. This riverfront is also the spot where Tulsi Das, the great Indian poet, and saint wrote the Ramcharitmanas. Another story associated to this ghat is that Goddess Durga threw her sword in Assi River after she killed demon Shumbha-Nishumbha. A large number of pilgrims takes a dip in the river at this ghat because the Hindus believe that doing so will help them earn ‘punya’ or holiness of all the Tirthas. This Ghat is an ideal place for spending hours in a quiet ambiance but gets pretty crowded during Hindu festivals.

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  • Recommended Hours Min. 2 hours
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