The Manikarnika Ghat is a cremeation ghat. It is one of the oldest ghats in Varanasi, revered in Hindu religion. When Mata Sati (Aadi shakti mata)sacrificed her life & set her body ablaze after Raja Daksh Prajapati (one of the sons of Lord Brahma)tried to humiliate Lord shiva in a Yagya practiced by Daksh. Lord Shiva took her burning body to Himalay. While going to Himalaya Mata Sati's parts of body started falling on earth. Lord Shiva established Shakti Peeth wherever Sati's body had fallen.
Hindu mythology teaches that the ghat is especially sacred and that persons cremated there receive moksha. As the myth goes, Vishnu, after several thousand years of tapasya, trying to please Shiva, to convince him to not destroy the holy city of Kashi when he destroys the world, managed to do so. Lord Shiva along with Parvati came to Kashi before Vishnu to grant him his wish. Vishnu dug a kund (well) on the bank of Ganaga for the bath of the couple. When Lord Shiva was bathing a Mani(Jewel) from his earring fell into the kund, hence the name Manikarnika(Mani:Beads Karnam:Ear Angad: Ornament). There is another myth about the ghat : the ear jewel from lord Shiva fell down while he was dancing angrily, which fell on the earth and thus Manikarnika Ghat formed.
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Noel_Byrne (33090) 2013-10-23 1:13
What a beautiful series this is, you are making this beautiful city a place I dearly would love to see in person. Your choice here of the head on view creates a superb sensation of depth as we look through the scene to the various structures throughout and you have also captured such great detail in these important sites. Thanks for your notes across all of the series here, brilliant to help me understand the significance and history of these places. Learning about the world through photography
Thanks again, have a great day.
Best wishes from Ireland
snunney (104799) 2013-10-23 2:31
A well chosen riverside view on these ancient ghats. I like the warm light and rich red tones.
Silvio1953 (150363) 2013-10-24 1:30
Ciao Arunava, great view of fantastic place, nice scene, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
jhm (157948) 2013-10-24 3:39
This type images get we not much out of India.
A splendid architecture picture with real specially colours.
You play excellent with light and shade.
Sharpness and clarity make these picture attractive.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2013-10-24 4:20
nice to see the essence of Benaras ghat through your photo. Excellent composition. Like a lot the chosen POV. Very good shot. Tfs.
Fis2 (104024) 2013-10-26 11:12
A very curious place, curious view.
Good frame and interesting colors.
Photo has climate.
I like it.
COSTANTINO (68228) 2013-11-01 0:02
I visited your gallery today and I
found too many interesting postcards
from your country
it is a different world
thanks for sharing them
- Copyright: Arunava Ghose (Highmountains) (2674)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-10-12
- Categories: Ceremony, Architecture
- Camera: Olympus E-500
- Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Banaras or Varanasi - the Eternal City [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-10-22 10:05