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Varanasi is known for its holy Ghats. There are as around 80 Ghats in Varanasi for different functions and uses. Some of them are related to particular divinity while rest are basically for bathe. Some of the main Varanasi Ghats comprises Tulsi, Dashaswamedh, Assi, Manikarnika, and Panch Ganga with others. Tulsi Ghat is named following the well-known 16th century poet Tulsi Das, who spent several years on this Ghat writing the Ram Charit Manas. A temple devoted to Lord Ram places on the Ghat. One more historically significant Ghat is Panch-Ganga Ghat. As its name signifies,it is where five rivers are believed to meet. Near to the Ghat, there is a Aurangzeb's smaller mosque commonly called Alamgir Mosque. Especially for Hindus, all ceremonies of every day life are performed on these Ghats. From origin (birth) to demise (death), all the basic religious rituals are conducted on these ghats. The particular 'Pandits' are permanently there to assist in these ceremonies. Some other important Varanasi Ghats are: -
Dashashwamedh ghat is the most visited ghat of Varanasi by spiritual pilgrims, this is the most attractive ghat in city. The ghat is near to the well-known 'Vishwanath Temple' and is hence of high religious significance.
Assi Ghat is the most preferred ghat of tourists, this is at the end of the constant line of ghats. The stunning ghat is a mainly used for the local festivals, games and other deeds. The ghat is extremely pleasant.
The Harishchandra ghat is known as the same ghat where the possessor of Manikarnika bought King Harishchandra as a slave and appoints him work on the Manikarnika Ghat as a pyre-man. The ghat is a memorial service place for Hindus.
This is a Historic ghat, Manikarnika ghat is the situated where deceased of Hindus are burnt. It is supposed that if someone dies in Varanasi, he/she will be free from the rotation of re-birth. This ghat is said to be active from the 'Ramayana' time. It is also said that fire on the ghat has not closed from thousands of years.