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Manikarnika Ghat

Varanasi, India
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Ranked #13 of 52 Attractions in Varanasi
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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25 reviews 25 reviews
21 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

People says that it is one of the oldest ghats in Varanasi. It is revered in Hindu religion. When Mata Sati (Aadi shakti mata)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 Himalay.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Very interesting ghat where you can see the process of cremation. A must for varanasi. Just be aware there are tons of scoundrels that will try to take your money for pictures, descriptions, claiming the wood price is MUCH higher than it really is and that they are helping poor people. Don't believe or pay them a rupee.

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Prostejov, Olomoucky Kraj, Czech Republic
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

An interesting place, where the old tradition, religion and dirt take place. To get some information is good to have a guide but be careful!! They are all hustlers. They will tell you the story about the wood and nurse taking care of poor dying people.. Their main purpose is to get as much money as possible from your pockets.... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

This is the place where every hindu comes at the last day of his/or her life it is a different place we have never seen this in Australia Tourists should be very careful here because some touts will try to play with your emotions and will ask donation please do not pay here any thing

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Mexicali, Mexico
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

As this place is sacred, many tourists like us are a bit skeptical to approach since we have no idea of the rules and norms of this place. Yesterday my girlfriend and I walked to the ghat and immediately was harassed by wannabe guides, and hustlers. Since the place is holy we did not want to offend anybody, nor did... More

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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

If you are an Indian then I would suggest there is no point on going to this place. Since childhood one has seen a lot of cremation. But still if you want to experience the ambiance, you can go. But make sure yo don't photograph anything against people's will

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Tokyo, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

I sat here for long hours to see what is life nothing will come in mind after death peoples are bought here

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Ahmedabad, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Hindus want to get rid of the birth and rebirth cycle hence every hindus' to be cremated on bank of Ma Ganga - Manikarnika Ghat Amazing Ghat Cremation on first floor just unbelievable but to believe.

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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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