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About Harishchandra Ghat

Harish Chandra Ghat in Varanasi is different from the ghats where people come to worship because this is one of the two cremation Ghats in the city next to the river Ganges. It is also at times referred to as Adi Manikarnika Ghat. This ghat is named in honor of mythological King Harish Chandra, the symbol of truthfulness and charity. According to stories, he worked at this cremation ground, and the popular belief is that God rewarded him for his determination, charity, and truthfulness, by giving him back his dead son and lost the throne. Hindus bring the dead bodies of relatives and loved ones from distant areas to Harish Chandra Ghat for cremation because it is believed that a person whose last rights are performed here gets salvation or ‘moksha.' In late 1980’s this ghat saw an addition of an electric crematorium too. Tourists should not expect a pretty sight at this ghat.

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  • Facilities Food Stalls, Washrooms
  • Recommended Hours Min. 2 hours
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