Manikarnika Ghat : Varanasi
This is one of the oldest Ghats of Varanasi. It is revered in Hinduism. When Mother Sati (Anadi Mata) sacrificed her life after sacrificing her body after one of King Daksha Prajapati (one of the sons of Lord Brahma), Daksh had tried to humiliate Lord Shiva in Yagya. Lord Shiva took his burning body to the Himalayas. On the way to Himalaya Mata, the body parts of Sati started falling on the earth. Wherever Sati's body fell, Lord Shiva established Shakti Peeth. At Manikarnika Ghat, the mother of Sati's ear had fallen. It is reported in Hindu mythology that the Ghat is particularly sacred and people who cremate there receive liberation. As the myth goes, Vishnu, after thousands of years of penance, tries to please Shiva, assures him that when he destroys the world, he does not destroy Kashi's holy city. can. With Lord Shiva Parvati, Kashi appeared before Vishnu so that he could be given according to his wish. Vishnu dug a kund on the shores of Ganag for the couple's bath. When Lord Shiva was bathing a gem with his earring, then Manikarnika (Mani: Moti Karnam: Kan Angad: Jewelery) was named after him. There is another myth about the ghat: The jewel of the ear of Lord Shiva fell down when he was dancing with anger, which fell to the earth and thus Manikarnika Ghat was constructed. Manikarnika Ghat is the main cremation grounds of Varanasi. Manikarnika Ghat is one of the oldest and holy ghats of Benaras. According to Hindu mythology, the burning here provides a quick entrance of salvation from the cycle of births and rebirths. Located in the center of five shrines, Manikarnika Ghat is a symbol of both creation and destruction. On Manikarnika Ghat, mortal remains are lit with prayers, which provide eternal peace to the soul. There is a holy well on Manikarnika Ghat, which is called Manikarnika Kund. Manikarnika Kund was asked by Lord Vishnu to dig at the time of creation while the hot ashes of burnt bodies reminded of the inevitable destruction of everything in the world.