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About Manikarnika Ghat

Manikarnika Ghat in Varanasi is one of the cremation grounds of the Hindus. This ghat is also one among the oldest in the city. According to Hindu mythology, this ghat has close links to Sati and it is said that when Sati sacrificed her life and set her body ablaze and died, Lord Shiva took her body to the Himalaya. At that time Sati Mata’s ear ornament had fallen at this spot. Wherever Mata Sati’s body parts fell was established as a Shakti Peeth and is considered Holy places to visit for the Hindus. Near the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, there is Manikarnika shrine which is also a worship ground for a sect of Hindus who worship Shaki. As Hindu mythology says, the dead who are cremated there receive moksha or release from the cycle of rebirth driven by the law of karma. Another mythological story related to Manikarnika is that Lord Vishnu after thousands of years Tapasya was able to please Lord Shiva and convinced him not to destroy Kashi when he destroys the world. Lord Shiva and Parvati had visited Kashi before he granted a wish to Vishnu. Once while Shiva was bathing, his ear ornament fell in a well dug by Vishnu, hence the name Manikarnika.

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