Lalita Ghat, is named after the famous Goddess Lalita (one of the incarnation of Goddess Durga). This ghat is studded with prominent temples, one of them being the replica of famous Pashupathi Nath Temple in Nepal. However, a closer look at reveals the many chinks, including broken steps and uprooted stone walls.Lalita ghat was built by the late King of the Nepal in the northern region of the Varanasi at the bank of the River Gange. A wooden temple of the Keshav with the image of the Pashupateshwar (sign of the Lord Shiva) has also built here at the Lalita ghat in the typical Kathmandu style.
The temple has designed with some wooden figures and statues of the historical scenes and its doors are completely decked with the architectural outline. It is considered that, it is a favorite ghat for all the painters and photographers to catch natural scenes in their paintings and cameras.
People celebrate their local festivals including the musical parties and other favorite moments at this ghat. There is a red building right above to the Nepali Temple. From this ghat, a great scene of the rising smoke can be seen at the Manikarnika Ghat which is the central cremation ghat of the Varanasi city. Puja guesthouse is also located at this ghat by going up to the stairs. A high water tank of the water is also located at this ghat.
How it is Named as Lalita Ghat
Lalita ghat is named after the most renowned goddess Lalita in the holy city of Varanasi. There is a variety of rituals and beliefs of the people about the Goddess Lalita Devi (embodiment of the Goddess Durga) who blesses the entire world. This ghat is one of the most venerated ghats of the Kashi for the devotees from the various corners of the country.
This is one of the most revered ghat in the vicinity and devotees from different parts of the country and Nepal throng it for a dip in the Ganga. The entire stretch from Vishnu Ghat to Raj Rajeshwari Ghat is known as Lalita Ghat and it has temples of Goddess Lalita along with replica of the Pashupati Nath Temple. The step-motherly treatment being meted out to the ghat is hurting the sentiments of locals and visitors," said Om Shankar Pandey, one of the local priests at Lalita Gauri Temple.
Apart from broken embankments, the steps were also found to be uprooted, causing craters and crevices on the banks of the ghat. If that was not enough, heaps of leftover of daily rituals, including rotten flowers and garlands along with broken pieces of earthen bowls, were found to be accumulated along the platforms and stairs. The shiny stone plates that were pasted along the platforms to lend them strength were also found to be uprooted at many places. The iron railings put to beautify and protect the embankments were also broken and placed along the pillars on which sewage pumping station was built.
"Instead of pumping out sewage from local areas to sewage treatment plants, the excess sewage is being flushed out near the ghat, which further mars the beauty of the ghat besides giving it a filthy look. Heavy deposition of mud and silt brought by the retreating Ganga in the post-monsoon season still gives nightmares to devotees when they take a dip in the Ganga. The only saving grace is the prominent temples," said Loknath, one of the locals and a tea vendor.....