BRAHMAVARTA GHAT – A SACRED PLACE OF CREATION
Welcome to the place, where creation started, aka Brahmavarta.
Brahmavarta is a landing ghat on the Ganga river at Bithur in the district of Kanpur and is commonly called by the locals as the Brahmavarta Tirtha. It is one of the celebrated places of pilgrimage. As a Tirtha it is mentioned in the Mahabharata (III ch. 83.53-54. 84.43); Matsya Purana (22.69) and the Agni Purana.
According to the locals and the legends passed down through word of mouth, Lord Brahma descended here as per the orders of Lord Vishnu. Lord Brahma then had performed a yagya here for the creation and origin of human beings.
Not only that some locals also say that Lord Brahma celebrated the completion of the creation of the Universe by performing an Ashwamedha Yagyan at this place. After the completion of the yagyan, Lord Brahma pounded a nail from his horse’s shoe into the ghat. That sacred peg (Khunti) is still embedded in the ghat and is called Shree Brahma Khunti. Devotees keep coming here for darshan.
There are only two places in India, where Lord Brahma is worshipped. These two Lord Brahma temples are found at – one in Pushkara (Rajasthan), and the other is in Brahmavarta (UP).
BRAHMAVARTA LINGA, AKA BRAHMESHWAR MAHADEVA
This ghat also has a Shiva Linga. It was installed by Lord Brahma and to this day it is worshipped as the Brahmeshwar Mahadeva.
Brahmavart Ghat is not only famous for its ancient, historic, sacred and religious values, but it is also famous because, some say that Brahmavart Ghat is the center of the Earth.
According to some rishis/sadhakas, Brahmavarta used to be a place best suited for sadhana. Of course, today the city looks quite different from what it was 100 years ago. A great bathing-fair takes place annually in November at the Brahmavarta ghat. Devotees come to this Ghat and after taking a bath in the river Ganga, worship the khunti of Brahmaji (Shree Brahma Khunti).