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Back to my series on the "Ghats" of Banaras:
The old name of this ghat was Somesvara, but in c.e. 1585, Raja Savai Man Singh (of Amber - Rajasthan) made a palace on the banks of the Ganges. Thereafter, the ghat was named after him. This ghat is "known primarily for the magnificent building with exquisite, ornately carved window carvings". On the top of the floor is a Hindu Observatory built by Savai Jai Singh-11 (1686-1743: the other places where he established such observatories are Jaipur, Delhi, Mathura and Ujjain. Under the direction of his astrologer-minister, Jagannatha, the king built this observation during the period of 1710-1737. There are four main astronomical instruments and renovation were made in 1850s and again in 1912 under the patronage of the King of Jaipur.
The shrines that are close-by at the top of the ghat are Somesvara, Dhabalesvara, Remesvara and Sthuladanta Vinayaka. In the river lies the Prabhasa Tirtha. On the occasion of Holi the festival of colour, falling on the last day of Phalguna (February-March), people perform celebration at the Dhabalesvara shrine.

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