Sankata Ghat

  • Sankata Ghat of Varanasi, named after Sankata Devi Temple, is though a famous ghat but largely resorted for religious bathing and sacred rituals on the occasion of Yama Dvitiya. King of Baroda had prepared Sankata Ghat in late 18th century but was made 'pucca' by the widow of Beniram Pandit in 1825. Also, they constructed the temple structure of Sankata Devi Temple. At the top of Sankata Ghat lie two temples of Yameshwara and Harishchandreshwara. At the top of Sankata Ghat, in the just adjoining by-lane towards Varanasi city, are there shrines of Katyayini and Siddheshvari goddesses; three Vinayakas- Harishcandra, Chintamani and Mitra; and Vasukishvara.

    Sankata Devi Temple holds tremendous reverence and faith of the people of Varanasi and is visited by the devotees to seek favour of the deity to avoid any danger in life or to alleviate any present crisis. Sankata Devi is of later origin and a local deity of Varanasi. The popular belief of people of Varanasi in Sankata Devi, makes Sankata Devi Temple the most powerful temple. The temple is located high above the Sankata Ghat. The Sankata Ghat is named after the deity and the temple and ghat are approached through the labyrinthine lanes of the city. Sankata Devi means 'Goddess of Dangers'. She is the Goddess who vanquishes dangers for her devotees.

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