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Manikarnika Ghat


Manikarnika Ghat one of most sacred and oldest Ghat is the main burning Ghat in Varanasi. It is believed to be situated at the place where the creator and the destroyer are together. A sacred well Manikarnika Kund believed to be dug by the creator Lord Vishnu is also located here.
Manikarnika Ghat is the main cremation Ghat of Varanasi. Manikarnika Ghat is one of the oldest and most sacred Ghats in Benaras. According to the Hindu mythology, being burned here Manikarnika Ghatprovides an instant gateway to liberation from the cycle of births and rebirths. Lying at the center of the five tirthas, Manikarnika Ghat symbolizes both creation and destruction. At Manikarnika Ghat, the mortal remains are consigned to flames with the prayers that the souls rest in eternal peace. There is a sacred well at the Manikarnika Ghat, called the Manikarnika Kund. Manikarnika Kund is said to be dug by Lord Vishnu at the time of creation while the hot ashes of the burnt bodies makes one remember the inevitable destruction of everything in the world. The philosophical aspect of Manikarnika lies in the fact that this Ghat is an optimal malgamation of both life as well as death. Manikarnika that lies at the center of the Panch-Tirtha symbolizes both creation and destruction, epitomized by the juxtaposition of the sacred well of Manikarnika Kund and Manikarnika Ghat. While Vishnu has dug the former at the time of creation of earth Shiva, the destructor, inhabits the hot and sandy ash-infused soil of the later. Manikarnika Kund is considered to be even older than Ganges and as legend has it, Vishnu cared the kund with his discus, and filled it with perspiration from his exertions in creating the world, at the behest of Shiva. When Shiva quivered with delighted, his earning fell into this pool, which as Manikarnika - "Jeweled Earring" - became the very First Tirtha in the world. Manikarnika Devi who is worshipped by millions every year inhabits the place. There is also a small Vishnu Shrine that is marked by the paduka (footprint) of his. This too along with the Tarakeshvara Lingam remains flooded with people yearlong. Strictly speaking, Manikarnika is the name given to the kund and to the Ghat, while the constantly busy cremation ground is actually called Jalasi Ghat. The place can be easily identified because of a dark, smoke-stained temple that stands there. These are the Ghats where the dead are cremated. It is believed that cremation in Varanasi leads to Nirvana. The Harish Chandra Ghat and the Manikarnika Ghat are two burning Ghats at Varanasi.









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