Linked with the legend of the popular Hindu deity Lord Brahma, Dasaswamedh Ghat is one of the most ancient and important ghats of the holy city of Varanasi. It is said that Lord Brahma had sacrificed ten horses for another Hind god Lord Shiva, so that he could return from a long term of banishment. A much acclaimed spot with high religious significance, this ghat is visited by thousands of devotees and is referred to as one of the main places of interest in Varanasi.
According to yet another legend doing the rounds, it said that that a special “yajna” or a ten horse sacrifice was performed by the rulers of Bhara Shiva Naga here, to invoke the blessings of the gods. This oldest ghat was renovated in the year 1740 AD by Baji Rao Peshava I and then again by Princess Ahilyabai Holkar, the Queen of Indore, in the year 1774. Boasting of scenic views of the River Ganges, the venue is thronged by sadhus and devotees offering various kinds of religious rites. You may also choose to indulge in some of the other popular activities of Dasaswamedh Ghat—bathing and swimming.
Around 7 pm, visitors in Varanasi love to savor the delights of the full-fledged evening Aarti taking place on the Ghat—which can be best enjoyed by cruising in a boat in front of Dasaswamedh Ghat. After the Aarti, you would love to feast your eyes on thousands of “diyas” or earthen lamps floating on the waters of the Ganges. Certainly a sight to behold, these lamps create a divine ambience at dusk—truly magnificent!
|Entry Fee||No entry fee|
|Visit Duration||30 minutes to 1 hour|