Ghats in Varanasi are riverfront steps leading to the banks of the River Ganges. The city has 88 ghats. Most of the ghats are bathing and puja ceremony ghats, while two ghats are used exclusively as a cremation site
The city has been mentioned time and again in the Upanishads, Brahmanas and the Puranas. Kashi has been derived from the word KAS, which literally means to shine. There are records to prove that the temple was founded in 1490. Kashi has seen the rule of many kings both famous and not so famous. Few of us know that it was also ruled by Buddhists for some time. The city on the banks of Ganges has seen its share of slaughter and destruction.