Shrutika Shrivastava
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Have your share of sacred moments in life by visiting one of the holiest cremation grounds alongside Ganga, in Varanasi.


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10/06/2020

Manikarnika Ghat, Varanasi

At the Manikarnika Ghat, death is celebrated. Remorseful chants are sung every hour of the day and smoke engulfs the area day and night as dead bodies are cremated for eternal peace. The ghat is also known as the gateway to heaven by many worshipers.

Legend is that Lord Shiva gave the boon of eternal peace to the Manikarnika Ghat. It is believed that for thousands of years Lord Vishnu prayed to Lord Shiva asking that the holy city of Kashi, as Varanasi was known earlier, not be destroyed during the then planned annihilation of the world. Pleased by Vishnu’s earnest prayers, Shiva came to Kashi along with his wife Parvati and granted him the wish. And by consequence, any departed soul that gets its last rites performed in Varanasi attains moksha (complete liberation from the cycle of birth and death). No wonder, this land is considered to be the most sacred for cremation by the Hindus.

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