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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Manikarnika Ghat – one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world

Manikarnika Ghat – one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world

Manikarnika Ghat is the main cremation Ghat of Varanasi. Manikarnika Ghat is one of the oldest and most sacred Ghats in Benaras. According to the Hindu mythology, being burned here provides an instant gateway to liberation from the cycle of births and rebirths. Lying at the center of the five tirthas, Manikarnika Ghat symbolizes both creation and destruction. At Manikarnika Ghat, the mortal remains are consigned to flames with the prayers that the souls rest in eternal peace. There is a sacred well at the Manikarnika Ghat, called the Manikarnika Kund. Manikarnika Kund is said to be dug by Lord Vishnu at the time of creation while the hot ashes of the burnt bodies makes one remember the inevitable destruction of everything in the world. Read more here .
Marnikarnika Burning Ghat - Varanasi, India
Boatman in front of Manikarnika Ghat, Varanasi
Sunrise on the Ghats, Kashi
The Manikarnika Ghat is also associated with Manikarnika Devi, a goddess worshipped by millions of pilgrims round the year. There is a small shrine of Lord Vishnu here too, containing the Lord’s sacred footprints. There is a holy Shiva Lingam in the place too.
Burning \"Cremation\" Ghats
Varanasi – the holiest city of the Hindus
The sun pushes through the morning fog at the ghats in Varanasi, India.

Varanasi in the early morning
View from the boat on the Ganges in Varanasi

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