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Harishchandra Ghat

Location

Harishchandra Ghat is located in Shivala, Varanasi at the bank of River Ganga.

How to Reach

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

Highlights

Harishchandra Ghat is one of the oldest Ghats and one of the two important cremation grounds in Varanasi (the other one being Manikarnika Ghat). Named after the mythological King Harishchandra of Ayodhya, the forefather of Lord Rama, it is considered the most sacred cremation ground. Harishchandra Ghat is the cremation place where Raja Harishchandra had once served as a funeral worker for the perseverance of truth and charity and had done the last rituals of his son. It is said that Lord rewarded King Harishchandra for his charity and truthfulness and returned back his lost throne, wealth, fame and his dead son. Hindus from faraway places bring the dead bodies of their near and dear ones to Harishchandra Ghat for cremation. As per Hindu mythology it is believed that a person cremated at Harishchandra Ghat gets salvation or "moksha". Harshchandra was renovated in mid of 18th century by Peshva and somewhat modernized in late 1980's, when an electric crematorium was opened here.