Assi Ghat, Varanasi

Assi Ghat

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Assi Ghat is the southernmost Ghat in Varanasi, situated at the assemblage of Ganges and Assi rivers. The ghat is a sacred place as pilgrims offer prayers to a huge shivalingam placed under a peepal tree after bathing in the river.

Constituting the southern end of conventional city, Assi Ghat has numerous references in the early literature of the Hindus. Assi Ghat is mentioned in Agni purana, Matsya Purana, Padma Purana, Kurma Purana and Kashi Khanda. Legend also states that the famous Indian poet saint, Tulsi Das had written the popular epic the Ramcharitmanas on the banks of Assi Ghat.

Another famous linga worshipped at this ghat is Asisangameshwar linga, which represents the ‘lord of confluence of the Asi’. The idol of the lord is enshrined in a small marble temple situated near the Assi Ghat.

It is believed that Goddess Durga, after killing the asuras, Shumbha-Nishumbha, had thrown her sword at a place, which resulted in the origin of a huge stream, known as Assi River.

Assi Ghat is called as Assi Saimbeda Tirtha in Kashi Khand and is one of the five special ghats visited by pilgrims during the ritual route called Panchtirthi Yatra. Thousands of Hindu pilgrims visit this place during the months of Chaitya (March and April) and Magh (January and February). During solar or lunar eclipse, Probodhoni Ekadashi, Ganga Dussehra and Makar Shankranti, the place is visited by a large number of devotees and travellers.
 


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  • Good 7
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  • Best Time:  During Sunset
  • Length of visit:  1-2hrs
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53 Video Reviews for Assi Ghat

Singh Hira

  • Tourist
  • Singh Hira
  • Lives in Gurgaon
  • 355 photos
  • 4 Reviews
  •  6 helpful votes
  •  226 readers
  • Posted Apr 28, 2017
Overall Rating
7/7
  • 446

Srimukha Paturi

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  • Srimukha Paturi
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  •  220 helpful votes
  • Posted Jan 26, 2016
Overall Rating
6/7
  • 705

Nikhil Raj

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  • Nikhil Raj
  • Lives in Guntur
  •  187 helpful votes
  • Posted Jan 26, 2016
Overall Rating
4/7
  • 537

Aman Gulia

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  • Aman Gulia
  • Lives in Varanasi
  •  451 helpful votes
  • Posted Jan 28, 2016
Overall Rating
4/7
  • 447

Srimukha Paturi

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  • Srimukha Paturi
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  •  220 helpful votes
  • Posted Jan 26, 2016
Overall Rating
6/7
  • 587

Phani Deep

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  • Phani Deep
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  •  171 helpful votes
  • Posted Jan 26, 2016
Overall Rating
5/7
  • 391

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Sonal kapoor

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  • Sonal kapoor
  • 6 photos
  • 1 Review
  •  6 readers

"Life, Karma and the Lemon Tea"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Benaras. The name of the place is so full of ras. This place was on my bucket list even though my trekking to hills has transformed me from being a tourist to a traveller. Benaras has an earthy warm feeling about it, the bylanes, the boat ride, the ever so popular Ganga Aarti, yoga on the ghats and wind in my hair. Everything about my short trip was surreal. The place holds special importance for Hindus for the Kashi Vishwanath temple which is one of the twelve jyotirlingas.
I stayed at Assi Ghat which is a cleaner and calmer ghats in Benaras. I reached there early morning and headed straight to the Ghat from. The railway station. Unfortunately I missed the early morning Aarti which is conducted at Assi Ghat and is quaint and soothing than the evening Aarti at Dashashwamesh Ghat which grabbed eyeballs and headlines during PM Modi's visit.
The breeze was rhythmic and cool and people had gathered to do group yoga at the Ghat. The chants of Om echoed and turned my morning meditations. I couldn't help but sit down on the stairs and close my eyes. It is moments like these when we put our other four senses to a more effective use.
The fragrance of agarbatti enchanted my olfactory senses, while my ears fell in love with rhythm of river flowing down. My skin welcomed the kiss of cool breeze. Oh wait! Did I forget to mention the vendors who were selling tea at the ghats? I had kulhar ( mud tea cup) filled with lemon masala tea. The best I have had in my life.
What followed was a boat ride which came with negotiations for a good price. Luckily we got a Spanish couple who pooled in for the boat for a win situation.
The ride takes you across various Ghats. It's enchanting to see people start their day by offering prayers with colorful walls of the Ghats giving a bright background to some eager shutterbugs. The Ghats personify what life is. Dull yet Colorful, busy sometimes mindlessly, chaotic but stealing quiet moments, divided but tied together by a thread like the river. All these thoughts came to a stop as we reached a smokey black Ghat, Manikarna Ghat.
The background sound changed to some eager sights of foreigners and laments and sighs of Indians follow as the boat reaches the masaan (cremation ground).
The boat makes a U-turn from here and embarks a return journey to life! May be reminding us of our unfinished deeds, our unaccomplished desires and prompting us to find a meaning in a wandering life. May be find the 'ras' in an otherwise Bina-ras life. We returned to Assi Ghat and took another masala lemon tea to say cheers to the tangy, sweet ans spicy life.
The entire boat ride from Assi Ghat and return is a joy.
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Abhishek Singh

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  • Abhishek Singh
  • Lives in Allahabad
  • 12 photos
  • 4 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  349 readers

"Very heart touching place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 24, 2017
Assi Ghat is the southernmost ghat in Varanasi. To most visitors to Varanasi, it is known for being a place where long-term foreign students, researchers, and tourists live. Assi Ghat is one of the ghats often visited for recreation and during festivals. On typical days about 300 people visit every hour in the mornings, and on festival days 2500 people arrive per hour. The ghat accommodates about 22, 500 people at once during festivals like Shivratri.
This place is very heart touching.
Peaceful environment here give a lot of relaxation.
Must Visit.
This place looks beautiful during sunrise and sunset.
Thank you.
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Abhishek Singh

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  • Abhishek Singh
  • Lives in Allahabad
  • 12 photos
  • 4 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  349 readers

"Assi Ghat Varanasi"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 24, 2017
Assi Ghat is the southernmost ghat in Varanasi. To most visitors to Varanasi, it is known for being a place where long-term foreign students, researchers, and tourists live. Assi Ghat is one of the ghats often visited for recreation and during festivals. On typical days about 300 people visit every hour in the mornings, and on festival days 2500 people arrive per hour. The ghat accommodates about 22, 500 people at once during festivals like Shivratri.
This place is very heart touching.
Peaceful environment here give a lot of relaxation.
Must Visit.
This place looks beautiful during sunrise and sunset.
Thank you.
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Bipin vaidya Vaidya

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  • Bipin vaidya Vaidya
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 157 photos
  • 30 Reviews
  •  29 helpful votes
  •  5465 readers

"Assi Ghat, Varanasi"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jul 29, 2016
It is located centrally. PM Me. Modi performed Ganga aarti when he was elected as PM. It is neat and clean. There are 100 ghats in Varanasi. This is one of them. Daily Ganga aarti is performed. At 4:30 in morning. It is tourist attRaction. Evening aarti is performed at Dashashwamedh ghat. Both are tourist attractions. Boatservice is available. Per boat for single person they are charging 100 rupees.
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Abhishek Singh

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  • Abhishek Singh
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 11 photos
  • 12 Reviews
  •  5 helpful votes
  •  2484 readers

"Must visit if you are in Assi Ghat"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted May 20, 2016
Very nice place for peace, spiritual activity is good, overall it's a best place if you are in Varanasi as sightseeing, you will get to see the pure ganga maa river. You don't have to carry any food, as it is available in cheap price over there. Must visit if you are in Assi Ghat.
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Anuradha Agrawal

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  • Anuradha Agrawal
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 28 photos
  • 12 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  5779 readers

"Last Ghat with motor approach"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Apr 27, 2016
Assi Ghat is the last Ghat and is relatively clean, with a parking bang on the Ghat. They perform Ganga Aarti as well in case you prefer a quieter evening and interesting eating places like Pizzeria and other cafes. It is also highly populated by University students. Mornings open to Subah-e-Banaras, 6-7 am which is worth attending.
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Parth Sabharwal

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  • Parth Sabharwal
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 296 Reviews
  •  312 helpful votes
  •  124335 readers

"A popular ghat"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Apr 10, 2016
This ghat is popular because ganges meet here with assi river, people after taking bath offer water to shivling near peepal tree, it is also believed that mata durga kills asuras, name shumbh and nishumbh, after killing them maa durga through the talwar on earth, then at the same place water came. So it is called assi river.
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Zed Holz

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  • Zed Holz
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 4 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  1268 readers

"Most mesmerising place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 10, 2016
As one arrives at Assi Ghat, one tends to leave behind the chaos of Varanasi. The majestic Ganges river is best seen and admired from here. One can spend several hours sitting here. It's now unbelievably clean.

An evening boat trip is highly recommended and will take you on this river and also enable you to see the evening prayer/Aarti at Dashashwamedh Ghat from the boat itself. Do not miss this experience!

An early morning Aarti is held everyday at Assi Ghat at 5. 30 am and is wonderful - to attend this. The Aarti is often followed by a musical program.
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Srijan Vyas

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  • Srijan Vyas
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 24 photos
  • 9 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  6216 readers

"A true beauty to look out for"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 8, 2016
There is saying "Subah se banaras, sham - e lucknow. " But I say you must visit it both at Sunrise and at Sunset. The view is mesmerising. At 7 pm there is Ganga aarti at each of the ghats do watch that too. Take a walk to Assi Ghat to Manikarnika with your special ones, you will get to see all the colours of Banaras.
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Rahul Singh

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  • Rahul Singh
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 18 photos
  • 12 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  3499 readers

"Varanasi trip is incomplete without Assi Ghat"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 7, 2016
If you go to Varanasi please visit once the Assi Ghat. Glorious place to relax. WiFi facilities are also available free for 1Hr. Malio Dish is famous in ghat.
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