Manikarnika Ghat, popularly known as Mahasmasana, is one of the ancient and prominent burning ghats in Varanasi
of Uttar Pradesh
. It is mythologically related to primary deities such as Lord Vishnu
and Lord Shiva
and the cremation here is considered sacred.
The prime attraction is Cakra- Puskarini Kunda, a scared pond, which is believed to have been dug by Lord Vishnu. According to legends, this pond is present here even before the origin of the Ganges.
A Shiva ?Durga temple, built by the Maharaja of Amethi (Awadh) in 1850, can be seen here. On the right side of the entrance is a fine bronze lion of Durga and on the left Shiva?s bull. Also found are the shrines of Manikarnikesvara, Mahesvara and Siddha and Manikarna Vinayakas.