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Man Mandir Ghat

Location

Man Mandir Ghat is located close to Kashi Vishwanath Temple and very close to Dashashwamedha Ghat at the bank of River Ganga.

How to Reach

You can reach Man Mandir Ghat by alighting at Godaulia. Godaulia can be reached by car, auto rickshaw etc. Since no vehicles are allowed beyond Godaulia so you have to walk for 5 minutes to reach Man Mandir Ghat.

Highlights

Man Mandir Ghat was built in 1600 by Maharaja Man Singh of Amer along with a palace known for the magnificent building with exquisite ornate window carvings and also for a very interesting observatory on the roof. Observatory at Man Mandir Ghat was built by Savai Jai Singh II in 1710. Observatory has huge instruments made from stone and was once used to study the movement of sun, moon, star and other heavenly bodies. Jantar Mantar is the highlight of the observatory which is similar to Jantar Mantar located in Delhi, Jaipur, Ujjain and Mathura. There is a fine stone balcony in the northern part of the Ghat. Devotees pay homage here to the lingam of Someswar, the Lord of the Moon. Dom Raja’s house is next door, with painted tigers flanking the terrace. Doms, who handle the corpses at cremation grounds, are untouchables. Though the Doms belong to a lower caste, their services are invaluable for the dead to be released from their physical bounds and so the leader of the doms is bestowed with the honorific title of Raja or king.