The famous Ganga Mahal Ghat which used to be a part of the Yameshwar Ghat.
The Ganga Mahal Ghat was built by the King of Gwalior in the early 19th century.
A view of the Reewa Ghat and beyond, from the banks of the Assi Ghat in Benaras.
Painted steps on the Bhadaini Ghat livening up the space.
The Chet Singh Ghat.
An image of the Chet Singh Ghat captured from a boat on the Ganges.
The Mahanirvani Ghat is named after the Naga saints.
Sandstone and bricks give a characteristic identity to the architecture of the Ghats in Kashi.
Guest houses, homes of locals and ruins of old buildings, form layers on the Chausatthi Ghat.
Most of the Ghats have steps leading towards the streets above.
Kashi’s streets have congested arrangements of small shops, vendors, and food stalls.
Manmandir Ghat is where Raja Savai Mana Singh established his palace.
Varanasi is also popularly known as Kashi means ‘illumination’. It is considered to be the holiest amongst the Sapta Puri's. As a melting pot of cultures the architecture here reflects diversity in construction, pattern and detailing. Ancient buildings falling to ruins, strong - proud pillars, traditional balconies, red brickwork, connected congested lanes, intrusive modern buildings, soot covered temples and carpets of ash is what welcomes you to the Land of Spirituality; Kashi. The course of the River Ganges has lent itself to the step like constructions of the Ghats.
Special stories linking lineages, mythologies, epics and the timelines of history are associated with each of the Ghats. Over 80 Ghats that line the River Ganga; each unfurls a different style of architecture.
The Manasara, a text about Hindu Architecture from the 10th century states that – Varanasi is a divine city – or a cosmogram. It is not only a place of creation but is also believed to be a crossing place (teerth) between this world and the otherworldly brahman.
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