After that we again came back to the ghats. Assi Ghat an important ghat of Varanasi traditionally constitutes the southern end of conventional city. Numerous References about this ghat are found in early literature Particularly in matsypurana, again purana, kurma purana, padma purana and kashi khanda. According to a belief goddess Durga after slaying demon Shumbha- Nishumbha had thrown her sword. The place, where sword (Khadga) had fallen resulted in flowing of big stream known as Asi river. The confluence place of river Ganga and Asi known as Asi or Assi ghat. In Kashi Khand it is referred as Asi “Saimbeda Tirtha” one gets punaya of all the Tirthas (religious places) by taking a dip here. Infact this ghat was extended from Assi to Bhaidaini ghat earlier . In Gaharwal Danpatra (11th 12th cent.) reference of Lolark ghat is given As famous Aditya Pitha (place of sun worksing). During 16th, 17th Cent. AD Sant Tulasi Das has written Ramcharitmanas here, After 19th Cent. AD Asi Ghat was divided in five Ghats i.e. Asi, Gangamahal (First) Rewan, Tulasi and Bhadaini. Followers of Hindu religion, take sacred dip here, particularly in Chaitya (March/ April) and Magh (Jan/Feb.). Other important occasions are solar/ lunar eclipse, Ganga Dashahra. Probodhoni Ekadashi, Makar Shankranti, etc.
Next was Vijayanagar Ghat. The Vijayanagar Ghat is located south of Dashaswamedh Ghat in between Kshameshwar Ghat and Lali Ghat along the Ganges in Varanasi. As one of the major ghats in Varanasi, Vijayanagar Ghat is immediately recognizable for the red-and-white stripes of the temple above it. This is one of the major ghats for devotees to take their ritual baths on the Ganges, and it is filled with throngs, especially in the morning.
As it was Dev Deepawali that day, the ghats were being decorated. Here are the photos:
- Lamps (diya):
- Dasaswamedh Ghat:
- Dasaswamedh Ghat:
- People decorating the ghats with diya: