As per the ancient history, it is said that the Goddess Durga a companion of Lord Shiva had thrown her sword in the river, known as the Assi River after killing the demon that was known as Shumbha-Nishumbha. That is why the place has been named as Assi Ghat as it is located at the conjunction of the River Ganga and the Assi River.
Assi Ghat is described in the Kashi Khand as Assi i.e, Saimbeda Tirtha means the one who does a dip here in the river once in his life will get Punya of all the Tirthas which means religious places of the Hindus. In common Hindu pilgrims are used to of taking the holy dip here in the Chaitya which means the month of March and April and Magh which means the month of Jan and Feb as well as some other significant events like the solar and the lunar eclipse, Probodhoni Ekadashi and as well as Makar Sankranti.
At this ghat, a massive Shiva ling is situated underneath the peepal tree where pilgrims and believers are used of offering Jal (holy water) and worship it after taking the holy bath in the Ganga River. One more Shiva Ling is present here named Asisangameshwar lingam in a small temple constructed of marble near the Assi Ghat. Assi ghat has been also mentioned and talked of in the ancient Hindu literature such as in the Matsya Purana, Kurma Purana, Padma Purana, Agni Purana and the Kashi khanda as well.
Assi Ghat is the everyone’s preferred ghat located in the southern part of Varanasi. It is one of those places where one can spend hours very easily in comfort and peace without any disturbance. It is an amazing and most likeable place where long-term students from foreign countries, researchers and travellers prefer to visit and stay.
Assi Ghat is a place where a huge crowd gathers during any Hindu festivals and joyfully participate in every ritual. Devotees, followers and visitors come here from all over the country to take the holy bath in the Ganga River to get rid of from all their past sins. It is also said that before a person conducts any Pooja, bathing in the Ganga River prepares him or her for doing the Pooja. It helps make the mind, soul and body pure and peaceful and fills them with spiritual thoughts. It helps the mind to concentrate very easily during Pooja without any material disturbance.
Assi Ghat is one of the most famous and most visited ghats of the Varanasi for tour and tourism as there are many dorms and eating points near the Ghat. People from corners of the country as well as abroad should for sure visit here if they are looking for peace along with tourism. Some of the great festivals such as Mahashivaratri, Ganga Dashahara, Ganga Mahotsav etc attract a huge crowd in Varanasi at this Ghat. So many of the tourists are connected and linked to the Jewish community at the Assi Ghat. For security reasons and safety of the people, an additional police force is assigned at the Assi Ghat during such massive celebrations of the festivals.