Manikarnika Kund is a sacred pond located next to the Manikarnika Ghat
of Uttar Pradesh
. Surrounded by an iron railing, it is mythologically related to Lord Vishnu
and Lord Shiva
According to the Hindu mythology, the kund predates the arrival of the Ganges and has its source deep in the Himalayas. It is said to have been dug by Lord Vishnu at the time of creation with his disc. A beautiful image of Lord Vishnu can be seen in the northern wall of the kund.
The word 'Manikarnika' refers 'Jeweled Earring'. It is believed that the above name was given because Lord Shivaís earring fell into the well.