Since it was our last day in Varanasi, we were at ease. After a delightful breakfast at Granny's Inn, we marched towards the Dashaswamedh Ghat. I could see the number of roadways buses lined up. Ladies in large numbers were grouped up together at the ghat; mostly comprising a single male member with them.Now that's we call "Incredible India" and "Spirit of Festivals"!!!The Ghat was so alive. The energy was superb. To my surprise, ghat was full to the brim. "Pink" was the colour! Ladies shining in pink sarees, taking dips in Holy water of river Ganga, performing prayers and rituals for the well being and longevity of their sons. It was surely a joyous moment for us to be a part of such a huge festival. Truly, a mother's heart is a deep ocean of love. This festival with all heart conveys mother's never ending and unconditional love and affection towards their children.Later in late evening we had our train back home. The railway station was jam-packed with ladies passengers; heading back to their respective places after a long day of celebration. It was so difficult to even keep our feet on ground. We were literally hopping from one passenger to another to reach our platform. OMG!!! "The General Compartments of Trains", they were insanely crowded with all the ladiesssss. Somehow, made me so worried that they all reach their homes safely.P.S-Special Thanks to Granny Ashaji From Granny's Inn.
There is so much to write about which this one blog can’t accommodate so let us point down it to the world renowned most sought of Ganga river Aarti which i never missed when i am in Banaras since my childhood.there are many places like Rishikesh,Haridwar,Prayagraj and many more where we worship river everyday but the evening Ganga Aarti is something special and well choreographed,it has different level of energy,same enthusiasm each and every day without a miss,mesmerising mantras chanting by young boy and girl priests/scholars traditionally draped in saffron coloured cloak synchronised with bells and soothing music that takes place at famous Dashashwamedh Ghat.the Aarti timing vary depending upon weather conditions and the time of sunset for two hours in the evening.it is widely attended by tourists around the globe and locals so reach at ghat which is 2-3 kms from city centre at leas 1 hour prior to aarti to not miss this magical worship.this is one thing nobody missed when they are in Banaras and the top thing to do leaving everything aside. in many ways you could enjoy evening Aarti by seating at one of stairs of ghat or from a boat facing ghats after taking mandatory tour of all ghats.i recommend second option to hire a boat or get on to a shared boat if you are solo to enjoy the aarti in best possible way and to get spectacular panoramic view of ghat with reflection of diyas (lamps) and glittering lights on the river water at banks.the boat guy will be your guide as well to keep you entertained and enlightened with history of city,different ghats,temples and aarti.
Aarti at Dasashwamegh and Rajendra Prasad Ghat is a must watch. Both ghats are adjoining and attract a lot of tourists during Ganga Aarti. The best way to experience it is by sitting in the boat and the whole visual becomes flawless.
Most of the modern ghats stretch is from the 18th century, and you’ll find that most had been built by a wealthy benefactor, who gave the ghats their name as well. Beyond the central Dashashwamedh Ghat, on the southern stretch (the river flows north in Benaras) lies Prayag Ghat, Ahilyabai Ghat (built by Queen Ahilybai of Indore), Darbhanga Palace and Ghat (built by the Darbhanga royal family of Bihar), Rana Mahal Ghat (built by a ruler of Udaipur), Chaushat Ghat (with temples dedicated to the 64 Yoginis), Mansarovar Ghat (built by Raja Man Singh of Jaipur) and Rajghat (built by the Marathi ruler Balaji Peshwa Rao, To the north of Dashashwamedh Ghat, lies Man Mandir Ghat (where Man Singh of Jaipur built an astronomical observatory), Mira Ghat (built by Rani Meerabai) and Lalita Ghat (named after a beautiful wooden temple built by a Newar family from the Kathmandu valley).
Calmness, Serenity, Culturally rich