Manikarnika Ghat is the main cremation ghat located on the banks of river Ganges in Varanasi. It is one of the oldest ghats in the city having mythological significance related to Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva.According to the religious beliefs, burning the dead bodies in the cremation ground located at this ghat is a way to attain Moksha, the salvation. Also popular with the name of Mahasmasana, the ghat is a perfect place for symbolising both creation and destruction.Apart from the cremation grounds, the pilgrims also visit the destination for sacred well, which is popularly known as Manikarnika Kund. It is believed that the well was dug by Lord Vishnu at the time of creation of the world.The ghat also houses a Shiva Durga Temple, which was constructed by Maharaja of Awadh in 1850. Apart from this, a sacred pond named Cakra-Pushkarini Kund is also present within the borders of ghat. This pond was also dug by Lord Vishnu and existed long before the origin of river Ganges.Moreover, the site is popular for Charanapaduka, the footprints of Vishnu that are set in a circular marble slab. It is believed that Lord Vishnu mediated for years at this spot.
Near Manikarnika Ghat, Garawasi Tola, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001, India