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Manikarnika Ghat

Varanasi, India
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Ranked #11 of 54 Attractions in Varanasi
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
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Bhopal, India
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

Manikarnika Ghat is known for being the Cremation ghats in Varanasi. You will see cremation going on ghats all the day round this is one of the busiest ghats in Varanasi.it is belived that if someone is cremated on this ghat he will get Moksh in heaven.

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New Delhi, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

frankly speaking, there is nothing exciting about visiting Manikarnika Gaht. Saw is from the boat - the cremation ghat of Varanasi. But it does make you think about life and death, things we preserve during our lifetime and forgo when we die. Cycle of birth and rebirth does comes to a standstill here.

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Richmond, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Though there are 2 burning ghats in Banaras, Manikarnika is the one people most want to bring their departed loved ones to. We were privileged to see bodies lovingly and beautifully shrouded in preparation for their cremation. All was well here.

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

hauntingly beautiful. you aren't allowed to take photos, out of respect for the dead. and please, respect that request. manikarnika is one of two burning ghats along the ganga, where dead bodies burn every hour of every day of the year. while walking through the old city of gowdalia, you'll likely see recently dead bodies being portered on stretchers of... More 

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Amritsar, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

Another very famous ghat where dead bodies are burnt as part of their last rites.Better to see from the boat. Westerners find it fascinating to see the decorated remains of the very old people being taken in procession ..

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Carmichael
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Spend at least an hour or two in the viewing area at the burning ghats. The respect and compassion for passed loved ones could well be adopted by us westerners. Families parade the decorated bodies through the streets before bringing it to the ghats, dipping it in the holy Ganga River, then carefully placing it on the wood pyre. Where... More 

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ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

There are "volunteers" who will take you right up to the fires. They will exact a price and lead you into an uncomfortable situation in the streets and to overpriced shop. A well paid guide is worth the rupees. We saw 4 ceremonies in 20 minutes time and were consumed by smoke and ashes of the wood and dead. It... More 

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Mumbai
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

This Ghat along the Ganga is where every motley soul wants to be cremated. The belief that one would attain moksha if cremated here brings an unending array of pallbearers day in and out. The burning pyres cast eerie glow throughout the night even.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Two legends are associated with Manikarnika Ghat.According to one, it is believed to be the place where Lord Vishnu dug a pit with his Chakra and filled it with his perspiration while performing various penances. While Lord Shiva was watching Lord Vishnu at that time, the latter's earring ("manikarnika") fell into the pit. According to the second legend, in order... More 

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Mumbai
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Intriguing, mystifying and fascinating ghat. They say that the fire at this ghat has never gone off since hundreds of years! Each day many bodies are cremated with Hindu rituals at this ghat which is burning since ages. We saw this ghat from the boat ride

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