Assi Ghat


Assi Ghat is the southernmost ghat in Varanasi.[1] To most visitors to Varanasi, it is known for being a place where long-term foreign students, researchers, and tourists live.[2]

Assi Ghat
Morning aarti at Assi Ghat
Religion
AffiliationHinduism
Location
StateUttar Pradesh
CountryIndia
Geographic coordinates25°17′19.132″N 83°0′24.342″E

Assi Ghat

Tourism at Assi Ghat


Assi Ghat is the southernmost ghat in Varanasi. To most visitors to Varanasi, it is known for being a place where long-term foreign students, researchers, and tourists live. Assi Ghat is one of the ghats often visited for recreation and during festivals. On typical days about 300 people visit every hour in the mornings, and on festival days 2500 people arrive per hour. Most of the people visiting the ghat on usual days are students from the nearby Banaras Hindu University. The ghat accommodates about 22,500 people at once during festivals like Shivratri.[3]

There are a lot of activities for tourists to engage in at the ghat. Visitors can go for boat rides, go up in a hot-air balloon for an aerial view of Assi ghat, enjoy the daily talent show in the evening or eat at one of the many restaurants and cafes in the area.

Old people in group chat in the evening at Assi Ghat

Hindus believe that it was at Assi Ghat that Tulsidas left for his heavenly abode.

After the 2010 Varanasi bombing the city commissioned extra police to the Assi Ghat neighborhood in order to more quickly resolve problems which tourists might have.[4]

Subah-e-Banaras

Subah-e-Banaras, an early morning session before dawn (sunrise) started on 2014 by Minister of State, U.P. Govt. A committee has been constituted to glorify and propagate the celestial moments of Subah-e-Banaras for spiritual development. People from all walks of life joined hands together to perpetuate the early hour's effort to feel within existence of Almighty and grandeur of Nature.[5] It is daily session which last for 2 hours and is free of cost.[6]

Activities [7]
  1. Morning Vedic enchanting and Nature’s welcome (ethnic way).
  2. Vedic Yagya- To purify our inner self for realization and world peace.
  3. Tribute to five basic elements i.e. Land, Water, Sky, Fire and Air.
  4. Music – Morning Raga, Classical/Semi classical by expert artists.
  5. Yoga - To shape perfectly physically as well metaphysically.

In popular culture


  1. Kashinath Singh's Hindi novel Kashi Ka Assi is set in the mohalla near the ghat. The novel is being adapted as Mohalla Assi, a 2018 Bollywood film starring Sunny Deol and directed by Chandra Prakash Dwivedi, which is set in the mohalla (locality) around Assi Ghat.[2][8]
  2. Raanjhanaa, a 2013 film which is also a Varanasi-based story, also has scenes of the "Assi Ghat".
  3. Masaan, a 2015 drama film directed by Neeraj Ghaywan has scenes of Vatika Cafe of the Assi Ghat.

References


  1. Piers Moore Ede (26 February 2015). Kaleidoscope City: A Year in Varanasi. Bloomsbury Publishing. pp. 6–. ISBN 978-1-4088-3542-5.
  2. "In the new world". Indian Express. 11 February 2011.
  3. John McKim Malville and Rana P. B. Singh. "Time and the Ganga River at Asi Ghat, Pilgrimage and Ritual Landscape" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 January 2011. Retrieved 20 December 2010.
  4. "New measures to perk up vigil in city". The Times of India. The Times Group. 11 December 2010. Retrieved 20 December 2010.
  5. "Subah-e-Banaras". SubaheBanaras. Retrieved 30 August 2020.
  6. "Subah-e-Banaras". Optima Travels. Retrieved 30 August 2020.
  7. "Daily Schedule of Subah-e-Baranas". SuabaheBaranas. Retrieved 30 August 2020.
  8. "Sunny Deol to play a pandit in Mohalla Assi". NDTV Movies. Archived from the original on 12 February 2011. Retrieved 11 February 2011.