#2 of 28 Places to Visit in Varanasi
Distance (From Varanasi Junction): 6 Kms
Trip Duration (Including Travel): 30 Mins
Place Location: Close To Kashi Vishwanath Temple
Transportation Options: Cab / Walk/Trek
Travel Tips: None
At a distance of 6 km from Varanasi Junction, Dasashwamedh Ghat is a ghat on the banks of River Ganga in the holy town of Varanasi. Located close to Vishwanath Temple, Dasashwamedh Ghat is one of the oldest ghats in Varanasi and also one of the popular places to visit in Varanasi.
The Dasaswamedh Ghat is one of the most important religious sites in Varanasi and is considered as the main ghat. It is believed that Lord Brahma performed his victorious Dasa_Ashwamedha (ten - horses) sacrifice in this spot, hence the name Dasashwamedh Ghat. Locals also believe that this ghat was built by Bajirao Peshwa I in 1740 AD. However, Ahilyabahi Holkar, the Queen of Indore rebuilt the ghat in the year 1774.
Dotted with numerous temples and religious sites, the ghat possesses well laid steps and platforms for performing various rituals and religious activities. Dasashwamedh Ghat is famous for Ganga Aarti at each evening which attracts many devotees and is certainly once in a lifetime experience. Ganga Aarti starts with the blow of conch followed by aarti with the large flaming lamps and chant of mantras.
Ganga Aarti: 6.30 PM