The furthest south of the main ghats and one of the biggest Assi Ghat is particularly important as the River Assi meets the Ganges near here and pilgrims come to worship a Shiva Lingam (phallic image of Shiva) beneath a Peepul tree.
The Assi Ghat is now the venue of a unique cultural and spiritual event "Subah-e-Banaras" that draws large number of visitors every morning.
It was on November 24 that "Subah-e-Banaras" was started. Within three months this amalgamation of culture music and yoga has now become an integral part of the itinerary of most of tourist who visiting Varanasi for two nights. Pramod Mishra convener of the Nagrik Samiti that organizes the event every day.
The day at the Assi Ghat begins at 4.30 AM with an Arti to the Sun followed by ‘Yagna’ recitation of the Vedas and morning ‘Ragas’ and ends with a Yoga session at 7.30 AM.
This event has given a platform to upcoming artists from across India who perform every morning. This event is combination of :
- 1. Morning Vedic enchanting and Nature’s welcome (ethnic way).
- 2. Vedic Yaga - To purify our inner self for realization and world peace.
- 3. Tribute to the Five Basic Elements i.e. Land, Water, Sky, Fire & Air.
- 4. Music - Morning Raga Classical/Semi classical by expert artists.
- 5. Yoga - To shape perfectly physically as well metaphysically.