Dasaswamedh Ghat, Varanasi

Dasaswamedh Ghat

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Dasaswamedh Ghat is one of the prominent ghats, situated on the banks of river Ganges. The ghat is visited by Hindu devotees in large number due to the religious significance of ten sacrificed horses. It is believed that ten horses were sacrificed by Lord Brahma to allow Lord Shiva return from the period of banishment.

Apart from being the oldest ghat of Varanasi, it is untouched and retains its beauty. The ghat had also experienced many ruling powers since its establishment. It was first renovated by Bajirao Pesava I in 1740 and later in 1774 by Ahilyabai Holkar, the Queen of Indore.

It is believed that the sacrifice of ten horses was repeated at the ghat during second century by Bhara Shiva Naga rulers. Dotted with numerous temples and religious sites, the ghat possesses well laid steps and platforms for performing various rituals and religious activities. The evening Aarti at the ghat attracts many devotees, who immerse earthen lamps in the water of holy Ganges, providing a beautiful view of the dusk.
 


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  • Best Time:  During Sunset
  • Length of visit:  1-2hrs
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34 Video Reviews for Dasaswamedh Ghat

Animesh Kumar

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  • Animesh Kumar
  • Lives in Lucknow
  •  276 helpful votes
  • Posted Feb 5, 2016
Overall Rating
5/7
  • 602

Aman Gulia

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  • Aman Gulia
  • Lives in Varanasi
  •  451 helpful votes
  • Posted Feb 4, 2016
Overall Rating
5/7
  • 503

Animesh Kumar

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  • Animesh Kumar
  • Lives in Lucknow
  •  276 helpful votes
  • Posted Feb 5, 2016
Overall Rating
5/7
  • 520

Aman Gulia

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  • Aman Gulia
  • Lives in Varanasi
  •  451 helpful votes
  • Posted Feb 4, 2016
Overall Rating
6/7
  • 447

Ayushi Chauhan

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  • Ayushi Chauhan
  • Lives in Bhopal
  •  233 helpful votes
  • Posted Jan 27, 2016
Overall Rating
7/7
  • 467

Ayushi Chauhan

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  • Ayushi Chauhan
  • Lives in Bhopal
  •  233 helpful votes
  • Posted Jan 27, 2016
Overall Rating
7/7
  • 462

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Archit Bhatnagar

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  • Archit Bhatnagar
  • Lives in Agra
  • 491 photos
  • 6 Reviews
  •  59 helpful votes
  •  326 readers

"Dashashwamedh Ghat"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jan 28, 2017
Dashashwamedh Ghat is the main ghat in Varanasi on the Ganga River. It is located close to Kashi Vishwanath Temple and is probably the most spectacular ghat.

According to Hindu Mythology, Lord Brahma created it to welcome Lord Shiva.
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Jitendar giri

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  • Jitendar giri
  • 5 Reviews
  •  342 readers

"Divine Place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 17, 2017
Evening Aarti is just Awesome. One can forget everything in devotion of Lord Shiva and Maa Ganga. Words would never be enough to describe the divinity.
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Joydada

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  • Joydada
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  • Lives in Gurgaon
  • 21 photos
  • 13 Reviews
  •  28 helpful votes
  •  21295 readers

"Old Ghat - Poorly maintained"

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted Oct 17, 2016
Like most places in Varanasi and other cities - maintenance and cleanliness is a ritual followed to please the bosses, press & media. So when the bosses aren't around the places are only clean to the extent that no one complains.
The old view is no longer seen. There are lot more people spitting and throwing garbage than before. There are stray dogs, and cows defecating everywhere ... And there are beggars.
In the evenings there are prayers and people visit from all corners to participate. Those are some of the beautiful moments of light and shadow.
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Abhinav Kumar

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  • Abhinav Kumar
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 290 photos
  • 171 Reviews
  •  166 helpful votes
  •  101172 readers

"Main Ghat of Varanasi"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Sep 23, 2016
Though Kashi Nagri has many ghats to have sacred Bath of Ganges but one of the prime location is this one. You can witness Royal Arti in evening time here. I would recommend you to visit on the occasion of Ganga Dassehra or in the month of November one more festival is celebrated deliberately. The boating in Ganges gives you one of the serene experience of Kashi Nagri. From this ghat the Kashi Vishwanath temple is on walking distance so have a holy dip in Ganges and wordship the lord Vishwanath.
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Souvik Saha

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  • Souvik Saha
  • 3 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  562 readers

"The main ghat of the city."

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Aug 22, 2016
This is believed to be main ghat of the city and hence there are numerous attractions surrounding this ghat. Do take a Ganga ride on the boats in Varanasi and do not forget to watch the evening aarti here.
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Shanta Prabhu

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  • Shanta Prabhu
  • Lives in Kozhikode
  • 6 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  417 readers

"Important Religious Site"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Aug 15, 2016
The Dasaswamedh Ghat is one of the most important religious sites in Varanasi. Mythology states that this was the place where Lord Brahma successfully performed the ritual of Dasa Ashwamedha (10 horses) sacrifice. Many temples are situated in the vicinity of the ghat and quite a few rituals are performed there.

Opening Closing Time - 5 am to 9 pm.

Spectacular Ganga Aarti: 6:30 pm.
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Bipin vaidya Vaidya

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  • Bipin vaidya Vaidya
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 157 photos
  • 29 Reviews
  •  29 helpful votes
  •  5164 readers

"Evening Aarti at Ghat"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jul 30, 2016
It is worth watching aarti. It starts at 6:45 last for one hour. You can go at 6:15 and occupy good place. Pooja is caariedout in phase manner. Five poojari perform pooja. They blow sankh in begini at end. Good Holly atmosphere. You can good view of aarti
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Richa

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  • Richa
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 2 Reviews
  •  307 readers

"Mesmerizing Ganga Aarti"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jun 2, 2016
It's the most beautiful experience in Varanasi. It's a treat to your eyes and your ears, when you witness the Ganga Aarti Live. You can take a boat ride to see the entire ritual more closely, or, you can be one amongst the thousands worshippers on the ghat itself.
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Aniruddha sengupta

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  • 10 Reviews
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  •  1656 readers

"Not to be missed if you have an evening to spare"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted May 10, 2016
The ghat itself is nothing extraordinary during the day with hundreds of pilgrims thronging for a holy dip. It transforms as evening falls with the Aarti. Best seen from the river, boats are available for hire and its truly spectacular. The river, the old and ancient buildings steeped in history and the synchronised movements of the priests performing a complicated aarti should not be missed. Religion, here, is secondary but the visual impact is indeed impressive. Not to be missed if you have an evening to spare.
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Satyanarayana v v vasamsetty

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  • 7 Reviews
  •  567 readers

"Unorganized place and dirty too"

  • 2.0/7
  • Posted May 4, 2016
The place, which is symbolic in terms of our culture and history is so much unorganized and un-clean and dirty. It is embarrassing and shameful to see this even though as a country we did lot of progress and developed so many of our cosmopolitan cities but did nothing to develop still this historic place.

Very old unsafe country boats in the river serving the pilgrims coming from all over the country. Local people who are operating funny and cheating. Especially pujari's, hurting the pilgrims sentiments by bargaining in the middle of Pujas/karma kandas.

Need to put government monitoring and controls on Boat operators, pujari's, transport/taxis, etc. Install information desks on every ghat to help and guide the pilgrimages.

Need lot of work to improve our self-respect as a country, by government and local bodies taking over some responsibility and control to improve the overall service, safety and hugeness.
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