There are nearly 100 ghats in Varanasi (though the municipality lists out 84). The most famous and the oldest ghats of all are the Dashashwamedha, the Manikarnika and the Harishchandra Ghat. Some of the ghats were made by Hindu rulers such as Ahilya Bai Holkar of Malwa region, Peshwa’s of Gwalior, Man Singh of Amber, Jai Singh of Jaipur etc.... Some of the Ghats are also named after the famous personalities of Banaras. Munshi Ghat is named after the Hindi poet Munshi Premchand, Tulsi ghat is after Hindu poet Tulsidas who has written Ram Charit Manas. Many ghats are associated with the legends in Varanasi like the former Kashi Naresh who owns Shivala or Kali ghat.
Most of the ghats were made at the time of the Marathas, Holkars, Bhonsles, Shindes (Scindias), and Peshwes (Peshwas) has been as patrons of present-day Varanasi.
Narada Ghat, formerly known as Kuvai Ghat, was built by Dattatreya Swami, a monastery chief, in 1788.
This ghat is related to Sage Narada, a divine musician and sage. The temple here enshrines the images of Naradesvara, Atrisvara, Vasukisvara and Dattatreyesvara.
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macjake (45588) 2013-10-23 0:26
Varanasi is a city in India thats very high up on my list to see in person!
I really enjoy your mini series of Varanasi, and this architecture looks fantastic in your photos.
keep them coming
Noel_Byrne (13356) 2013-10-23 1:10
I must thank you today, as everyday I learn something new from this website, and today it is the word Ghat. I have to admit to my ignorance in never having discovered this word or its significance before, but now I know, and what a beauty of a capture with which to illustrate it. I love the idea of the river taking such importance in society, after all these mighty waterways are the givers of life to so many so it seems right to integrate them into part of religious life like this. It’s a fine contrast to the rivers of Ireland which are walled in, controlled and used purely as a waterway. I much prefer the idea of the steps leading down like this. I love the staggered levels of architecture here too.
- Copyright: Arunava Ghose (Highmountains) (2249)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-10-12
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Olympus E-500
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Banaras or Varanasi - the Eternal City [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-10-21 12:28