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Tulsi Ghat


Tulsi Ghat is associated with the great poet of the Hindu religious epic Ramayana. It signifies the win of truthful and righteous over evil. It is believed that the first enactment of the story of Lord Rama was conducted on this Ghat. Tulsi Ghat is another important Ghat of Varanasi. Tulsi Ghat is named after the great Hindu poet of the 16th century, Tulsidas. Tulsi Ghat is an important Tulsi Ghat Varanasiwindow into the Hindu mythology. Tulsi Das composed the great Indian epic, Ramcharitmanas at Varanasi. According to mythology, when Tulsi's manuscript fell into the River Ganga it did not sink and kept floating instead. It is also believed that the Ramlila (story of Lord Rama's life) was staged here for the first time. Perhaps, to commemorate this a temple of Lord Ram was built on the Tulsi Ghat. Many of the relics of Tulsi Das are preserved at the Tulsi Ghat. The house in which Tulsidas died has been preserved and his samadhi, wooden clogs, pillow and the idol of Hanuman, which Tulsi worshipped, are all still intact here. Earlier, Tulsi Ghat was known as Lolark Ghat (mentioned in Gaharwa Danpatra and Girvanapadamanjari). It was in the year 1941 when Tulsi Ghat was made pucca (cemented) by the famous industrialist, Baldeo Das Birla. Tulsi Ghat is associated with a number of important activities such as bath of Lolarkkunda (to be blessed with sons and their long life) and the sacred bath to get rid of leprosy. Tulsi Ghat is also a center of cultural activities. During Hindu lunar month of Kartika (Oct/Nov), Krishna Lila is staged here with great fanfare and devotion.The famous Hindu Epic of Ramayana was composed at this very place. Goswami Tulsi Das was the man who composed Ramayana in Hindi in the form of "Ram Charit Manas". Prior to that, Ramayana was only available in Sanskrit and that is why it was out of the reach of general masses. Ram Charit Manas bestowed Lord Rama as a deity. Before that, he was only considered a King who was unparallel when it came to dignity. Tulsi Das created a god out of him and in coming centuries he started ruling the hearts of Indians irrespective of their religion. The present temple stands on the same spot. The temple might not look impressive but it is the simplicity in which its importance lies. The serene surrounding gives a welcome break from the jostling and madding crowds at Vishwanath Temple. The walls of this temple are splattered with verses from Ram Charit Manas. The sheer simplicity of words in which these complex philosophies have been mould will leave you mesmerized. As the name suggests, these are for having a holy bath in the river Ganga. The city is dotted with many but the prominent ones are Assi Ghat, Tulsi Ghat, Dasaswamedh Ghat and Mahanirvani Ghat. A word of caution; the Ghats may cleanse your soul but most of the places the river water has dangerous levels of fecal matter and other contamination. The Ghats with less religious importance are relatively clean; Janaki Ghat and Dandi Ghat are considered comparatively safe for bathing.









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