Prahlad Ghat is named upon a mythological devotee of the Lord Vishnu. It is also believed that god Narsingha killed the Hirenkashyap near this ghat. Prahlad Ghat is among one of the oldest ghats of Varanasi and has mentions in Gahadavala inscriptions which dates back to the 11th to 12th Centuries.
It is said that Tulsidas used to live here in the 16th century before he moved to the Assi Ghat to write Ramcharitra Manas. A temple has been erected by his name at the place where he used to live.
Prahlad Ghat was made pucca by Govt in the early 20th century. it used to be wider than it is now but in 1937 with the construction of Nishad Ghat, it got divided into two parts.
In the northern site exists Mahishasura Tirtha, Svaralingeshvara, Yajna Varaha, and Shivaduti Devi. Around the southern part exists the sanctums of Prahaladeshvara, Prahalada Keshava, Vidara Narasimha, and Varada and Pichindala Vinayakas.
Every year a play depicting the life of Prahlad is organized at the Ghats by locals. It is believed to be one of the oldest events in Varanasi.
How to Reach
Prahlad Ghat is located near Rajghat. It is well connected to all the Railway stations, Airport and the bus stand via road. It can be reached by shared auto-rickshaws which are available from Maidhagin Chowk. One can also take a boat ride from any ghat to the Prahlad Ghat.
What to See
- Narsingh Leela
- Tulsidas Temple
- Jagannath Temple
- Naya Ghat
- Nishad Raj Ghat