Ghats of Kashi

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A couple watching Ganga Aarti. Ghats in Varanasi are riverfront steps leading to the banks of the River Ganges. The city has 88 ghats. Most of the ghats are bathing and puja ceremony ghats, while a few are used exclusively as cremation sites.

This album has random pics of the ghats. This is an early morning boat ride on the river Ganga. This is a fascinating experience esp if you do it before sunrise and start from Assi Ghat.

Devotees going for a early morning dip in the holy Ganga. Most Varanasi ghats were built after 1700 AD, when the city was part of Maratha Empire. The patrons of current ghats are Marathas, Shindes (Scindias), Holkars, Bhonsles, and Peshwas.

A number of devotees view the Ganga Aarti from the boats that are parked on the banks of the river. Some ghats are privately owned.

Steps from the ghats. Reading a newspaper that is something that most of us have to. If I do not read paper in the morning feel something is missing.

A young student from a Gurukul. It was winters so cold and misty. To see different daytime pics of Ghats Click here

A devotee doing mantra jap. Everytime I visit Kashi, leave with a feeling that would be back soon. To see pics of Ramgarh Fort ie close to the ghats Click here

Bodies being burnt. Do visit temples of Kashi and spiritually powerful places. To see pics Click here

Early morning view from boat.To see pics of the spectacular Dev Deepavali Festival ie held on Kartik Purnima Click here

Early morning view.