The Manmandir Ghat is known for its magnificent building and exquisitely carved windows.
The topmost floor of this building on Manmandir Ghat houses an Observatory.
Temples, houses and schools are all linked with steps & staircases on the Vaccharaja Ghat.
The prominent Jain Ghat was the birthplace of the 7th Tirthankara of Jainism 'Suparshvanatha'.
These Greek styled pillars are constructed from Chunar sandstone on the Darbhanga Ghat.
The Munshi Ghat was renamed as the Darbhanga Ghat by the King of Bihar.
Apart from the ancient buildings, modern architecture like hotels can also be seen on the Ghats.
The Harishchandra Ghat is one of the Ghats used for cremating the dead bodies.
This is known as the Karvat Kashi - or the tilted temple on the Scindia Ghat.
It is believed that the foundation of this temple was damaged during the floods.
Parasitic buildings which are home stays run by locals can be seen on the Harishchandra Ghat.
This Ghat is named after Lalita - the goddess. And very close to this Ghat, is the Nepali Ghat.
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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