Anciently, this ghat was referred as Vedesvara Ghat. This is assumed to be the oldest and the original (Adi) site of Lord Visnu ( Kesava). The temple complex of Adi Kesava has a pleasant pastoral setting on the bank above the confluence of the Varana and the Ganga rivers. At the time of sunrise and sun set both, one can see the natural beauty of reflecting colourful light in the Ganga, in the morning the reflection of sunlight on the palatial buildings and in the evening the shadows of those building in Ganga make the scene unique which is more an aspect of experience than reading about it.
The name of the ghat literally means "the windows" (Khirki) from where attendants can watch the cremation.
Raj Ghat (Bhaisasur)
The important Raj Ghat is the northern most ghat. Located here is the Adi Keshava Vishnu Temple, which is located where the Varuna River flows into the Ganges. Lord Vishnu is said to have first put his feet here when he came to Varanasi. On January 1887, Lord Duffrin bridge (now known as Malviya Bridge) was made.
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This is named after Prahalada, a great mythological devottee of Lord Visnu. On 14th light- half of Vaisakha (April-May), a grand festive celebration to honour the appearance of Narsimha ("Lion-Man" incarnation of Lord Visnu) is performed on massive scale here.
During the 18th century this ghat area became deserted (Phuta), but later on it was renovated. This way the ghat was formerly known as phuta, and later as Naya.
Legends say that the area was dominated by the oilpressing caste (Teli) settled along a small drain (nala) meeting here, that is how the name derived.
It has a reference of an old water-front sacred spot, Pranava Tirtha. Most parts of the ghat are occupied by washermen.
This ghat is named in early 20th century by the local residents. There is an Akhara (wrestling site) of the same name.
Since late 12th century this site was used as ferry point and was also known for a number of granaries(gold), from where the name Gola Ghat derived. At this ghat at the top exits the shrine of Burgu Kesava (Visnu).
The name derives after famous image of Shiva, Trilochana ("Three-Eyeed"), whose lingam is known as Trilocanesavara.
Badri Nayarana Ghat
The shrine Nara-narayana Kesava, is originally at Badrinatha - that is how the name of ghat derives. On the occasion of full-moon day of Pausa (December - January), a special festivity in honour of Visnu in the form of Nara-Narayana is celebrated.
In the vicinity, still exists the symbolic relic of that period, Patana Darvaja. At the ghat there is a huge image of a cow (gaya/gai), symbolizing the earth, that is how the ghat is known as Gaya Ghat.
It is situated on the northern end of Nirvani Ghat. It is named after the Mahanirvani sect of Naga Saints. A famous Akhara is situated here. It has four small Shiva Temple made by Nepal’s Maharaja. It is said that Acharya Kapil Muni of Sankhya philosophy fame lived here during 7th cent.A.D. Mother Teresa’s Home is situated near the Akhara.
It has been an important ghat in early times. In mid nineteenth century it was separated into some smaller Ghats. At present one can witnesses a colossal building constructed by Nepal King Sanjay Vikram Shah,A Shiva Temple and one Brahmendra Math established by Kashiraj. There are no significant cultural activities here. Only some of pilgrims and local inhabitants take a holy bath.
(Adi) Sitala Ghat
This Ghat was named after a huge Gular tree which is presently not here anymore. It was constructed solid by Laloo Ji Agrawal. This Ghat has a very little significance. Debris of old houses are scattered on top of the stairs.
Bundi Parakota Ghat
It is referred by Sherring (1968). It was made solid by Lalooji Agrawal. This Ghat is predominated by the Dandi ascetics carrying a stick in their hand. This ghat is quite clean and worth taking a bath.
It is believed that grat saint Tulsidas had established a Hanuman Temple here. The ancient name of this Ghat was Ramesvaram Ghat which was established by lord Ram himself. At present it is inside the boundary of Juna Akhara. Many Vairagi ascetics live in the temples. The neighborhood is dominated by South Indian residents.
Both of the above (nos.19,20) Ghats have been made pucca(solid) by Mahant Hariharanath. This Ghat has an affinity with the great Bhakti saint Valabha (C.E.1479-1531), who laid the philosophical Foundations for the great resurgence of Krishna Bhakti. His birth day is celebrated here. The temple of Rama consists of five Siva Lingams.
Mangala Gauri Ghat
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Ganga Mahal Ghat (II)
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