Manikarnika Ghat 1/13 by Tripoto
worship, cremation
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Manikarnika Ghat

According to legendary tales, the Manikarnika Kund is even older than the River Ganges and it was created by Lord Vishnu as a symbol of the creation of the Universe. The Manikarnika Ghat was however made by Lord Shiva and is said to be a samsham or cremation ground for the Hindus completely. As it is people say that death in Kashi leads to Moksha and thus people come here to cremate their loved ones and pray for their souuls to attain moksha. This is second in importance to the Dashashwamedha Ghat and is also one of the Pancha Sthans for holy Hindu worship.
At around 8pm i went to manikarnika ghat. Manikarnika Ghat is one of the ghats in Varanasi and is most known for being a place of Hindu cremation where dead bodies are burnt 24 hours a day. Around me there were about four bodies being burnt, one about 3 meters away from me. One of the bodies I could see its face very clearly. It was the most surreal experience of my life, I didn't expect to see anything quite like that and i sat therer for around 2 hours thinking about harsh reality of life 'death". Your death or even worse, the life of a close one being taken away is something I dread of. It gives me nightmares and the thought of it makes me wonder, all our life, we live and the reward which we get at the end of it is death. Funny.
"Having become Time itself, I destroy the world here, O Goddess!" ~ Shiva, Padma Purana.I’ve come across tourism of all kinds - adventure, eco-friendly, cultural and even virtual. But nothing as unusual and macabre as death tourism! The unearthly Manikarnika Ghat in Varanasi thrives solely on that. Not a single day passes when dead bodies are not cremated here with the number going up to two to three hundred every day.
Manikarna Ghat: - Another ghat where dead bodies are cremated and funeral takes place. It is believed that here you will find a burning pyre round the clock.Among other famous ghats includes Tulsi Ghat, Raja Ghat and the others.
Charu Chowdhary
Ram-naam satya hai? Yes, the ultimate truth of life passes by her, when she least expects it. The lassi shop falls on the way to Manikarnika Ghat, one of the ghats where the dead are burned. Following the lot to the ghat, she realises that this is where her grandmother always wanted to breathe her last.
Nancy Nance
It's one of varanasi's burning ghat which is always lined with funeral pyres.
Manikarnika Ghat is one of the ghats in Varanasi and is most known for being a place of Hindu cremation. It is said cremation fire has been burning here for thousands of years non stop . There is always someone being cremated. It is also the place where you can spot Aghori Baba performing some Tantrik puja. The Aghori are known to engage in post-mortem rituals. They often dwell in charnel grounds, have been witnessed smearing cremation ashes on their bodies, and have been known to use bones from human corpses for crafting skull bowls (which Shiva and other Hindu deities are often iconically depicted holding or using) and jewelry. Due to their practices that are contradictory to orthodox Hinduism, they are generally opposed. Many Aghori gurus command great reverence from rural populations as they are supposed to possess healing powers gained through their intensely eremitic rites and practices of renunciation and tápasya. They are also known to meditate and perform worship in haunted houses.