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Assi Ghat

Location

Assi Ghat is located in Nagwa, Varanasi at the bank of River Ganga.

How to Reach

You can easily reach Assi Ghat by car, auto rickshaw etc.

Highlights

Assi Ghat is the southernmost Ghat in Varanasi and marks the confluence of River Ganga and River Assi. Assi Ghat is known for being a place where long-term foreign students, researchers and tourists live. Assi Ghat is often visited for recreation and during festivals, this Ghat can accommodate about 22,500 people during festivals like Shivratri. It is said that Tulsidas left for heavenly abode from Asi Ghat. There is a lingam under a peepal tree and a marble Temple made of Assisangameshwara (lord of the confluence of Assi). An ancient pond dedicated to sun worship, the Lolarka Kund (pool) lies 15 metres below the ground and is approached by a steep flight of steps. It is said that after striking down demon Shumbha and Nishumbha, Durga's sword fell and created a curved ditch, which later became the Assi Channel. This Ghat is one of the five special Ghats which pilgrims are supposed to bathe at in sequence during the ritual route called 'Panchatirthi Yatra' ending in the Adikeshava Ghat in the north. Assi Ghat is a popular place to stay with many hotels, restaurants and internet cafes. Large number of young Israeli tourists who visit Varanasi connect with the Jewish community in Assi Ghat. After Varanasi bombing in 2010, extra police force is posted at Assi Ghat neighborhood in order to quickly resolve problems which tourists might have.