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Manikarnika Ghat is one of the holiest among the sacred Ghats (riverfronts), alongside the river Ganga. It is believed that a dead human's soul finds release (moksha) when cremated here. Thus, numbers of the elderly across the whole country seek to walk up to its edges and spend their last days learning the charisma of the ghat, which makes even death painless and irrelevant to be pondered upon. In India, death is considered to a gateway to another life received as a result of our past actions (karma). The Hinduism genealogy registers at Varanasi are kept here.
It is one of the oldest ghats in Banaras(Varanasi). The Manikarnika Ghat is discussed in a Gupta inscription of the 5th century. It is respected in the Hindu religion. When Mata Sati (Aadi shakti Mata) sacrificed her life & set her body burning after Raja Daksh Prajapati (one of the sons of Lord Brahma) tried to conquer Lord Shiva in a Yagya practised by Daksh. Lord Shiva(Mahadev) took her burning body to the Himalaya. On seeing the infinite 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 set Shakti Peeth wherever Sati's body had fallen. Mata Sati's Ear's ornament had fallen at Manikarnika Ghat.