Dasaswamedh Ghat Overview

Ranked 1 of 117 sightseeing in Varanasi

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 DayLength of visit: 1-2hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Sunset
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Surya Dube

Surya Dube4.3/5

33 reviews

Wow

The ghats are well maintained and very good. Just hire a boat and watch from River. The Evening aarti is a must watch thing. At night the Ghats looks marvelous during arti

Amit Sinha

Amit Sinha5.0/5

23 reviews

Ganga Arti

People come to the Ghats to see the river, Dasaswamedh Ghat is the heart of the Ghats and every evening 6 - 8 pm there is an elaborate festival musical happening there, where the boats gather, lights in the water. Its famous for ganga aarti also performe by pundit and public just see devotional and really peace for soul. It's Not just for Westerners but mainly for Indians.

Hemant jingar

Hemant jingar5.0/5

5 reviews

Wow, what a ghat

Only one word - WOW. Magnificent ganga aarti in evening, no idea about morning aarti, slightly difficult to reach out there as no vehicle can go that deep, so you have to walk for few hundred metres at least, but once you are there you don't regret the way, you find so many people waiting for aarti to start, find your place to sit, see the preparation going on, and fascinated by the aarti right from beginning, its pretty long more than 30 min but no one can be bored, as it is spectacular, after and before aarti you can go to banks of ganga, nearby temples, eateries around, famous chaat, paan and also shri kashi vishwanath mandir and Kala Bhairav temple, what an evening

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Neeta singh

Neeta singh5.0/5

8 reviews

Varanasi City & its Ghats

At ghats you will experience the cultural heritage and simplicity in atmosphere. You can visit the places nearby Kashi temple, the Varanasi Fort where you can view the museum containing weapons and arifacts relating to British period.
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Abhishek shrivastav

Abhishek shrivastav5.0/5

2 reviews

Only possible in india

Excellent Journey to Varanasi. Never seen this type of cultural devotion while watching Ganga aarti at assumed ghat was feeling like I m different world. It gives me inner peace .. Best time to visit at morning 5 to 7 amIn morning and evening at the time of ganaga aarti.

Shivangi chauhan

Shivangi chauhan5.0/5

1 review

Become theism from atheism

Here, the most attractive is the Ganga aarti ... How the pandits say thank to the ganga and how people are sitting quietly ... A much rushed place but you will feel that yes 'YES, I AM WITH ME. And CAN LISTEN TO MY SOUL'
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Bhatnagar Archit

Bhatnagar Archit3.6/5

48 reviews

Dashashwamedh Ghat

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, LordBrahma created it to welcome Lord Shiva.
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Jitendar giri

Jitendar giri5.0/5

5 reviews

Divine Place

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.

Supriyo Das

Supriyo Das2.5/5

16 reviews

Old Ghat - Poorly maintained

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

Abhinav Kumar4.6/5

276 reviews

Main Ghat of Varanasi

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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Dasaswamedh Ghat, Varanasi

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Dasaswamedh Ghat, Varanasi
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