Sunday, July 13, 2014

Manmandir Ghat, Varanasi

Continuing the Ghat series: this is the Manmandir Ghat, right next to the popular Dasashwamedh Ghat.
Earlier this ghat was called Someshwar Ghat. In 1586, Raja Man Singh of Amber developed this ghat and built a grand palace here. So the ghat was named after him.

In the 1700's Sawai Jai Singh of Jaipur built an astronomical Observatory on the roof of the palace; the observatory is now in ruins; although it was repaired by 1911-12 by Sawai Madho Singh of Jaipur, and then further by Department of Tourism in 2000.

The palace building is still visible and is a good example of Rajput and Durg architecture, with ornate carved windows.

The upper part of the ghat has shrines to Someshwara, Dalabeshwara, Rameshwara and Stuladanta Vinayaka.

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