Man Mandir Ghat


Location of Man Mandir Ghat

Another very old Varanasi ghat, Man Mandir Ghat is notable for its exquisite Rajput architecture. Rajput Maharajah Man Singh of Jaipur built his palace there in 1600. An additional attraction, the observatory, was added in the 1730s by Sawai Jai Singh II. The astronomical instruments are still in good condition and it's possible to take a look at them. Head up to the spacious terrace for fabulous views of both banks of the Ganges River.

Observatory at Man Mandir Ghat was built by Savai Jai Singh II in 1710. Observatory has huge instruments made from stone and was once used to study the movement of sun, moon, star and other heavenly bodies. Jantar Mantar is the highlight of the observatory which is similar to Jantar Mantar located in Delhi, Jaipur, Ujjain and Mathura. There is a fine stone balcony in the northern part of the Ghat. Devotees pay homage here to the lingam of Someswar, the Lord of the Moon. Dom Raja's house is next door, with painted tigers flanking the terrace. Doms, who handle the corpses at cremation grounds, are untouchables.

Sights in Varanasi