Assi Ghat is the southernmost Ghat in Varanasi, situated at the assemblage of Ganges and Assi rivers. The ghat is a sacred place as pilgrims offer prayers to a huge shivalingam placed under a peepal tree after bathing in the river. At this ghat, a huge Shiva lingam is situated under the peepal tree where pilgrims are used of offering Jal and worship after taking holy bath in the Ganga water. One more Shiva Lingam is here named Asisangameshwar lingam in a small temple of the marble near to the Assi Ghat.
According to the ancient history, it is said that the Goddess Durga had thrown her sword in the river (called Assi River) after killing the demon Shumbha-Nishumbha. That’s why the place has been named as Assi Ghat as it is located at the union of the River Ganga and Assi River.
The oldest Lolarka Kund, which is integrally associated with the origin of Hinduism, one among the only two sun sites in India, is located here. It is also among the oldest sites in Varanasi and becomes alive during the Lolarka Fair. Couples for want of a son come here because it is said to be auspicious for them. The presiding deity blesses them with a son and they return happily.
It is the place where one can spend hours very easily without any disturbance. It is the amazing and most natural place where students from foreign country, researchers and travelers are used to live here.
Assi Ghat is called as Assi Saimbeda Tirtha in Kashi Khand and is one of the five special ghats visited by pilgrims during the ritual route called Panchtirthi Yatra. Thousands of Hindu pilgrims visit this place during the months of Chaitya (March and April) and Magh (January and February). During solar or lunar eclipse, Probodhoni Ekadashi, Ganga Dussehra and Makar Shankranti, the place is visited by a large number of devotees and travellers.