Dashashwamedh Ghat

Dashashwamedh Ghat Road
Varanasi, UP - 221001

Type: Landmarks
  • Sudhanshu Pandey
    Sudhanshu Pandey
  • István Gálfi
    István Gálfi

Dashashwamedh Ghat is one of the most significant and vibrant ghats (riverfront steps) along the banks of the holy river Ganges in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India. This ancient ghat holds immense religious, cultural, and historical importance and is frequented by pilgrims, tourists, and locals alike.

The name "Dashashwamedh" translates to "ten horse sacrifices," reflecting the ancient Vedic rituals that were purportedly performed here. According to legend, Lord Brahma performed the Dashashwamedh sacrifice at this ghat to welcome Lord Shiva back to Varanasi.

Dashashwamedh Ghat is renowned for its lively and bustling atmosphere, especially during the evening Ganga Aarti ceremony, which is a mesmerizing spectacle that draws crowds from far and wide. During the Aarti, priests perform elaborate rituals with fire, incense, and lamps while chanting hymns and devotional songs, creating a captivating ambiance filled with spirituality and reverence.

Apart from its religious significance, Dashashwamedh Ghat is also a popular spot for taking boat rides on the Ganges, offering visitors a unique perspective of the river and the city. Many tourists choose to embark on sunrise or sunset boat rides to witness the magical moments when the sun casts its golden hues upon the waters of the Ganges.

Throughout the day, Dashashwamedh Ghat bustles with activity, with devotees performing rituals, pilgrims taking holy dips in the sacred river, and locals going about their daily routines. The ghat is lined with numerous small shrines, temples, and shops selling religious items, souvenirs, and snacks, adding to its vibrant and eclectic ambiance.

Dashashwamedh Ghat is not just a place of religious significance but also a symbol of Varanasi's rich cultural heritage and timeless charm. Its picturesque setting, ancient rituals, and bustling atmosphere make it a must-visit destination for anyone seeking to experience the spiritual and cultural essence of Varanasi, the "City of Light."

Besides this landmark, there are six more landmarks listed in Varanasi. There's also nineteen attractions listed in this city in other categories. You will find the exact location of Dashashwamedh Ghat on the map above.

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