Manikarnika Ghat (Burning Ghat)

Manikarnika Ghat (Burning Ghat)

It is one of the oldest Ghats in Varanasi. The Manikarnika Ghat (Burnig Ghat) is mentioned in a Gupta inscription of 5th century. It is revered in Hindu religion. When Mata Sati (Aadishaktimata) sacrificed her life & set her body ablaze after Raja Daksh Prajapati (one of the sons of Lord Brahma) tried to humiliate Lord shiva in a Yagya practiced by Daksh. Lord Shiva took her burning body to the Himalaya. On seeing the unending sorrow of Lord shiva, Vishnu sends the Divine chakra to cut the body into 51 parts which fall on earth. They are called "Ekannya Shaktipeeth". Lord Shiva established Shakti Peeth wherever Sati's body had fallen. At Manikarnika Ghat (Burnig Ghat), Mata Sati's Ear's ornament had fallen. Hindu mythology teaches that the ghat is especially sacred and that people cremated there receive “MOKSHA”.

As the myth goes, Vishnu, after several thousand years of tapasya, trying to please Shiva, to convince him notto destroy the holy city of Kashi when he destroys the world, managed to do so. Lord Shiva along with Parvati came to Kashi before Vishnu to grant him his wish. Vishnu dug a kund (well) on the bank of Ganga for the bath of the couple. When Lord Shiva was bathing a Mani (Jewel) from his earring fell into the kund, hence the name Manikarnika (Mani: BeadsKarnam: EarAngad: Ornament).

There is another myth about the Ghats: the ear jewel from lord Shiva fell down while he was dancing angrily, which fell on the earth and thus Manikarnika Ghat (Burnig Ghat), formed.

 


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