Assi Ghat

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Assi Ghat
Morning aarti at Assi Ghat
Morning aarti at Assi Ghat
Geography
Coordinates 25°17′19.132″N 83°0′24.342″E / 25.28864778°N 83.00676167°E / 25.28864778; 83.00676167Coordinates: 25°17′19.132″N 83°0′24.342″E / 25.28864778°N 83.00676167°E / 25.28864778; 83.00676167
Country India
State Uttar Pradesh

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]

Tourism at Assi Ghat[edit]

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]

In popular culture[edit]

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 2015 Bollywood film starring Sunny Deol and directed by Chandra Prakash Dwivedi, which is set in the mohalla (locality) around Assi Ghat.[2][5]

Raanjhanaa, a 2013 film which is also a Varanasi-based story, also has scenes of the "Assi Ghat".

References[edit]

  1. ^ Piers Moore Ede (26 February 2015). Kaleidoscope City: A Year in Varanasi. Bloomsbury Publishing. pp. 6–. ISBN 978-1-4088-3542-5.
  2. ^ a b "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 Dec 2010. Retrieved 20 December 2010.
  5. ^ "Sunny Deol to play a pandit in Mohalla Assi". NDTV Movies. Archived from the original on 12 February 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-11.