It is one of the most famous ghats of Varanasi owing to its serene atmosphere and the footfall of tourists. The Ghat is Varanasi‘s most frequented bathing Ghat. Located on a bank of River Ganga, it is lined with a trail of temples, which are thronged by devotees throughout the year. Dashashwamedha, meaning ‘Sacrifice of ten horses’; it is the series of sacrifices performed by Lord Brahma to test the King Divodasa. Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati thought the king would fail the test and would be eventually compelled to leave Varanasi, the then Kashi. However, the king’s sacrifices impressed Lord Brahma that he established the Brahmeshvara Lingam here. Since then, Dashashwamedha Ghat is among the most celebrated tirths in India. The daily evening aarti here, known as Ganga Aarti, is a grand spectacle of religious choreography. Five priests perform the ceremony with series of artistic motions, using large fire-lit lamps, bells and conches. Loaded with pilgrims, boats double up as viewing pavilions from the riverfront, bobbing gently for the whole hour. Priests sit here on wooden chaukis under huge reed umbrellas.