Ck.7/130, Scindia Ghat, opposite Atma Veereshwar Temple, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
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About Manikarnika Devi Temple

The Manikarnika Ghat, like all the other ghats in Varanasi, is surrounded by a fascinating mythical story that also explains how it got its name.


When Goddess Adi Shakti, or Goddess Sati, leaped into the flames and immolated herself, Lord Shiva is said to have transported her burning remains to the Himalayas. He was engulfed in interminable grief there. Lord Vishnu, moved by his misery, unleashed his Divine Chakra (one of his weapons), severing Goddess Adi Shakti’s body into 51 parts. Each of the locations where her fragments fell on Earth was designated as a Shakti Peeth. Because her earrings dropped at this ghat, it was designated as a Shakti Peeth and named Manikarnika, as Manikarna means earrings in Sanskrit. It is where the idol of Manikarnika Devi is situated.

Manikarnika Ghat is one of the oldest ghats in Varanasi and has been given the highest ranking among other ghats by Hindu sacred books. If a person is cremated here, it is said that he immediately attains moksha (salvation). The Scindia Ghat and the Dashashwamedh Ghat surround it.

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How to reach Manikarnika Devi Temple?

By Train: Trains are always a better option. these days Varanasi junction is keeping the way all good. Manikarnika temple is just 5km away from Varanasi junction.
By Air: Book your tickets to the Gorakhpur airport, which is few km away from the temple. as Varanasi airport is well connected to other city Airports.
By Bus: One can travel directly to the temple. various local and private bus services are available for visiting Varanasi.

Manikarnika Devi Temple Timings

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06.00AM to 11.30AM and 04.30PM to 9.30PM

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