Manikarnika Ghat-Oldest Salvation spot of Varanasi
Manikarnika Ghatis the oldest ghats in Varanasi where people are come to get salvation. The Manikarnika Ghat is mentioned in a Gupta inscription of the 5th century. It is revered in Hindu religion. When Aadi shakti Mata (Mata Sati) sacrificed her life & set her body ablaze after Raja Daksh Prajapati (one of the sons of Lord Brahma) tried to humiliate Lord Shiva in a Yagya practiced by Raja Daksh. Lord Shiva took her burning body to the Himalaya. On seeing the unending sorrow of Lord Shiva, Vishnu sends the Divine chakra to cut the body into 51 parts which fall on earth. They are called “Ekannya Shaktipeeth“. Lord Shiva established Shakti Peeth wherever Sati’s body had fallen. At Manikarnika ghat, Mata Sati’s Ear’s ornament had fallen.
The Manikarnika shrine is an important place of worship for Shaktism sect of Hinduism, It is near to the Kashi Vishwanath Temple. The mythology of Daksha Yaga and Sati’s self-immolation is the mythology behind the origin of Shakti Peethas. The etymology of the place is due to this mythology. It is believed that Sati Devi’s Ear Rings has fallen here. Manikarna in Sanskrit means Ear Rings.
Shakti Peethas are shrines that are believed to be enshrined with the presence of Shakti due to the falling of body parts of the corpse of Sati Devi when Lord Shiva carried it and wandered. There are 51 Shakti Peeth linking to the 51 alphabets in Sanskrit. Each temple has shrines for Shakti. The Shakti of Manikarnika is addressed as Vishalakshi & Manikarni.