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Manikarnika Ghat

Varanasi, India
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Ranked #12 of 51 attractions in Varanasi
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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Batticaloa, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Words can't begin to describe the experience of this ghat, particularly from a boat on the river at sunset; this is the best way to do it. Just sit and absorb. I left knowing that I had seen a gateway, something primal and haunting.

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Civitavecchia, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Quite intrsting it was my first time there are no word to the scribe the emotions thst i felt when i was in front the burning corpse!!!respect🙌🙌🙌

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Hyderabad, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Manikarnika Ghat is one of the five important ghats of the Holy river Ganga at Varanasi. It is said that taking bath at 12.00 noon will clear of all your evil deals. Many pilgrims gather at this ghat and take bath at the scheduled time. We also followed this tradition and had a bath at 12.00 noon during our stay... More

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Kawasaki, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This is something you may not see in your country and definitely worth your experience. You can watch bodies being cremated in the open air. Since most of the bodies are covered, you'll hardly get a glimpse of any gore. As this is a sacred place, taking any photographs or videos are strictly prohibited. Watch out for pickpockets and bogus... More

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Yeppoon Queensland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

Despite having traveled extensively India and other developing countries, nothing could have prepared us for Varanasi and especially for the Manikarnika Ghat.Even in a city which is desperately poor and crumbling, despite millions of visitors and pilgrims visiting the city every year, the ghat is incredibly confronting. While I have every respect for Hindu people, their religion and their reverence... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

At the top end of town, Manikarnika Ghat is one of two cremation sites along the river. This was the unexpected stopping of point a sunrise cruise of the Ganges. What was a pleasant boat ride, suddenly you had to deal with raw reality of death. This Ghat is pretty dark, dirty and a maze of awkwardly narrow passageways. You... More

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Warren, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

My group visited this ghat by boat twice – once at night and once at sunrise. It appears that cremations take place day and night. The sounds of drums and cymbals, the smells of burning sandalwood, the cries of the mourners, and the rituals of the priests all combine to create a somber and sacred atmosphere. Visitors can see bodies... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

The abode of lord Shiva, which houses the Jyotrilinga of Kashi Vishwanath, Varanasi has a mystical feeling of spiritual radiation, in every galis of the city. its eternally tranquil, the manikarnika ghat, houses the manikarnika kund, which is a shakti peeth, like 12 jyotrilingas of lord shiva, there are 52 shakti peeths in india, and one of it is manikarniki... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

The old city is dirty, people doing their bathroom visits right in the middle of the street. Cows, dogs, motorcycles beggars everywhere and whats that? People singing bearing dead people down to the Burning Ghat. On one occasion on our walk to The Blue lassi we encountered 11 dead people in the street.

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Bangalore, India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Mani karnika ghat in Kashi is one of the sacred point to be visited by a Hindu whoever visits Kashi. The story of this ghat is interesting. Once Lord Vishnu visited Kashi. He observed some peculiarity in the water as it looked like a mirror. Curiously He bent His head to see His face in it. Unfortunately for Him and... More

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