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Traveller TypesFamilies, Couples, Friends, Solo
Rank3 out of 84 attractions in Varanasi
The most important and busiest of all ghats, the Dasaswamedh Ghat is also the oldest of all. The Kashi Viswanathar Temple is on the banks of this ghat and thus is the most popular with locals as well tourists. The main attraction is the evning aarti here and also the sight of people busy in their daily activities and religious rituals such as worships, cremations and others.
Reviews of Dasaswamedh Ghat • 15
As soon as i reached there i took a short nap and i spent most of my day in the common room chatting with other travellers from different parts of world and there i met one guy jeffrey from alaska who came to varanasi the same day as i was. I soon became a good friend with him. As it was already 4 pm so we decided to go to experience the ganga aarti which occour daily in the evening around 6pm at dashwamedha ghat. It was a great experience and i can sense the feeling of sprituality inside me and after that we both came back to the zostel and enjoyed delicious food on the rooftop cafe .
This holy city has lot to offer.Everywhere around the Godowlia circle, you can see lot of cows as if they own the place.The entire town is engulfed with Chaats right from pani puris, samosas,tikkis,rasagullas,jamuns,hot jalebis etc. If you are chaat lover then you will love the city for no reason.People eat Chaat at any time through out the day.You can gulp down either masala tea or lassis in matka cups.A great alternative to plastic use and throw cups and it adds a tint of earthen taste that one should not miss.If you are a tea lover then you should experience it here.
It was around 5 pm in evening so I decided to go for Ganges Evening aarti and experience the divine feeling.
Stop 9: Evening Aarti at Dasashwamedh ghatIf you're in Varanasi, you will be encouraged to attend at least one Aarti. Dasashwamedh is famous for hosting a large one at sunset and Assi ghat at sunrise. The hotel arranges for a boat , you sit on the roof, the boat parks facing the ghat, and the priests and devotees on the ghats offer prayers to the Ganges. 50-60 similar boats line up facing the Ghat. I've attended the evening Ganga Aarti in Rishikesh sitting on the ghats so this feels like an opposite experience. While in Rishikesh I felt like I was participating in and performing the Aarti, here I felt like an observer- one with the river. Perceiving the young Brahmins in saffron dhotis as if the goddess Ganga herself would. I would recommend sitting on both sides if you have more than one evening here, you can decide what perspective you prefer.
Revel in the joyous aura at The Dashashwamedh Ghat.Varanasi’s liveliest and most colourful ghat, this is a place which represents the entire city. Vibrant and noisy from the outside, serene and pious from the inside. An amazing fact about India relating to this city is that Varanasi is one of the 20 oldest continually-inhabited places on earth.
Dashshwamedha Ghat: - I started my tour from this place which is the main ghat. Evening Ganga aarti happens to be here daily.
Watching people taking bath in the Ganges around 5:30AM, performing rituals is just bliss. I was hoping to see the sunrise and take some photographs but since it was winter season so weather was foggy and so I couldn’t see it. There are many ghats but few among them are quite famous and prominent one.
A visit to this holy city is incomplete if you haven't watched the grand Ganga Arti at Dashashwamedh Ghat which takes place every evening. It is a spectacle to behold with seven purohits (priests) performing the worship in perfect synchrony to the sounds of mantras, conch shells and bells. The utter grandeur and scale of the event draws thousands of tourists, mostly foreigners, who go shutter-crazy around this time of the day.Varanasi is best visited between September to March.
Next morning, we started off with watching the sunrise at the most popular ghat of Varanasi - Dashaswamedh! We got there pretty early. There were still stars in the sky and the horizon was gradually changing its colours. When the rays hit the holy waters of Ganga, it shimmered red. The sadhu's chanted mantras while offering 'Arg' to 'Surya Devta'. Naga baba's stood up and played 'dambroo' in full swing. Bells rang around and a bunch of people took a dip in the pious Ganga. I had never seen the sun being welcomed with such warmth and energy! Once I filled my eyes enough with the scenic sunrise, we moved to visit the 'Kashi Vishwanath' temple. The lane which leads to this temple is interestingly dark. Children carried snakes in their hand asking for money. A widowed old lady held my hand here and wished that I get a good husband. I felt ironically yet genuinely blessed! The temple structure is ancient and is cracked at places with withered off gold! Faith can be smelled in the air here!
For the middle-class.
The evening aarti is magnificent. Period. Make sure to reach the ghat as early as 4.30 pm as it fills quick. The aarti begins after the sunset so if you are visiting during the winter months you might like to reach even earlier. Most auto-rickshaws will take you no nearer than the Dasashwamedh More, around 500 meters from the ghat. After the aarti, as you return to board an auto, indulge in the sinful concotion called the Varanasi Thandai near the more adjacent to the famous bengali eatery Jolojog. The thandai is served with or without cannabis and both the versions cost the same. Now, you know why it's better to take the path of sin and dive into the world of ecstasy with the Benarasi Thandai.
Dashashwamedh Ghat is located close to Vishwanath Temple, and is probably the most spectacular ghat. Hundreds of people gather here to view the famous Ganga aarti everyday twice, in morning and evening.
Varanasi's holiest spot. People believe that Lord Brahma created this to welcome Lord Shiva. It is the most spectacular ghat of Varanasi. Priests perform evening prayers here daily.
Dashashwamedh Ghat is the main ghat in Varanasi on the Ganges River. It is located close to "Vishwanath Temple" and is probably the most spectacular ghat. Two Hindu mythologies are associated with it: According to one, Lord Brahma created it to welcome Lord Shiva. According to another legend, Lord Brahma sacrificed ten horses during Dasa -Ashwamedha yajna performed here. Very Famous Ganga Aarti takes place on the ghat in the evening, after sunset. A group of Brahmans hold huge fire bowls in their hands and offer their holy mantras to river Ganges, Shiva - the Hindu God of destruction, Surya - the Sun God and the entire Universe. The devotees then offer flowers and earthen lamps - diyas - to river Ganges, in order to pay due regards to their ancestors in heaven.
Whatever you do, make sure you do not miss the maha aarti every evening on the Dasawamedh Ghat. With a whole retinue of priests chanting in unison and the flames of several hundred small lamps, it was quite the spectacle. And one I was more than happy to join in. You can also release a small leaf boat into the Ganges after the aarti with flowers in it, purchased from any one of the many small children who will tug at you. It is said to carry your hopes and prayers to the gods, and makes for a lovely sight with the reflection of the lamps in the waters.