Assi Ghat

Home Assi Ghat

Assi Ghat

assi ghat ganga aarti

Assi Ghat, located at the southern end of Varanasi, stands as the city’s one of the famous ghat. It’s a popular spot for both locals and tourists alike, known for its peaceful atmosphere and rich cultural significance. Assi Ghat is important place as it is where the river Ganga (Ganga maiya) meets with the Assi River. On daily basis thousands of peoples visit assi ghat to enjoy the morning ganga aarti as well as evening ganga aarti and spent hours with and bothered.

Morning Aarti( Summers)5:00 AM
Morning Aarti (Winters)5:30 AM
Evening Aarti ( Summers)6:30 PM
Evening Aarti (Winters)6:00 PM
Aarti Duration Approx 45 Minutes

The Ganga aarti in Varanasi is a beautiful view of devotion and joy that allows us to feel the presence of the divine around us. Throughout history, the holy Ganga River has been respected every single day. It’s a must-see event for every traveler.

The Aarti begin with the priests dressing in traditional attiredhoti and kurta, well-tied with a long gamcha (towel). They arrange five elevated planks and gather ritual items such as a brass lamp, the idol of Ganga Devi, flowers, and incense sticks. The aarti is conducted by knowledgeable pundits of the Vedas and Upanishads, led by the priest of the Gangotri Seva Samiti.

The ceremony begins with the lighting of the traditional brass lamps, accompanied by rhythmic chanting of holy mantras. Some priests blow conch shells (Shanakh) to purify the atmosphere, while others wave incense sticks to honor Mother Ganga. After the initial mantras, the priests perform the aarti with the brass lamps, using camphor to light them. The mesmerizing aarti fills the air with a sense of purity and peacefulness, leaving a lasting impression on all who witness it.

Shubh-e-Banaras at Assi Ghat

Morning aarti at Assi Ghat is also famous by the name of Shubh e banaras. Morning of Varanasi starts with lively vibes, natural beauty, and spiritual vibes

Subah-e-Banaras began on November 24, 2014, initiated by the Honorable Minister of State of Uttar Pradesh. This initiative has brought together people from all walks of life to experience the divine presence of nature in the early hours. A committee was formed to promote and celebrate the spiritual moments of Subah-e-Banaras, further enriching the spiritual development of those involved.

Start Time05:00 AM (Summer) | 05:30 AM (Winter)
End Time07:00 AM (Summer) | 07:30 AM (Winter)
Entry Fee No Entry Fee
DurationApprox 2 Hrs
Activities & Programs
  • Tribute to ‘Panchbhutas’
  • Classical music
  • Yoga
  • Vedic Yajna
  • Chanting of Vedic hymns

How to Reach Assi Ghat

Assi Ghat is situated 3 km from Vishwanath Temple and 2 km from Banaras Hindu University (BHU). It’s easily accessible by road, connecting to all railway stations, the airport, and the bus stand. You can hop on a shared auto-rickshaw to Assi crossing, then it’s just a 5-minute walk to Assi Ghat. Alternatively, you can enjoy a boat ride from any ghat or simply walk there.


By Air:

  • Fly to Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport.
  • Taxi or ride-share to Assi Ghat approx 45 mins.

By train:

  • Arrive at Varanasi Junction.
  • Take an auto-rickshaw or cycle rickshaw to Assi Ghat approx. 30 mins.

By Road:

  • One can take Taxi, auto-rickshaw, or cycle rickshaw to Assi Ghat from any part of Varanasi.
  • You can also use your private car, you can park your car near assi ghat.

History of assi Ghat

According to old stories Goddess Durga (Durga maa) after slaying the monster Shumbha-Nishumbha threw her sword into the river, known as the Assi River As it’s situated close to where the Ganga and Assi rivers meet, the place is named Assi Ghat.

The Kashi Khand refers to Assi Ghat as Assi “Saimbeda Tirtha,” which specifies that whomever takes a dip here only once in his life will receive Punya(good karma) of all the Tirthas (religious places of the Hindu). Typically, Hindu travelers visit during the months of Chaitya (March/April) and Magh (January/February), as well as during significant events like Surya Grahan(solar eclipses) and Chandra grahan(lunar eclipses), Probodhoni Ekadashi, and Makar Shankranti.

After bathing in the Ganga at this ghat, visitors often offer water(Ganga jaal) and worship the Shiva lingam under the peepal tree. Another Shiva Lingam, known as the Asisangameshwar Lingam, located nearby in a simple marble temple close to Assi Ghat. Ancient Hindu scriptures such as the Matsya Purana, Kurma Purana, Padma Purana, Agni Purana, and Kashi Khanda also mention Assi Ghat.

Ganga Aarti at Assi Ghat