Sherring, Matthew A.
The sacred city of the Hindus: an account of Benares in ancient and modern times — London, 1868

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CHAPTEE XI.

Dasas'amedh Ghat and Temple.—Legend of Das'asamedh.—Siddheswari
Temple.—Chandra-Kip, or "Well of the Moon.—Temple of the god-
dess S'ankata Devi.—S'ankata Ghat.—Ram Ghat.

To the south, of the Man-Mandil Ghat is the Das-
asamedh Ghat, a spot exceedingly venerated by the
natives of the city, as well as by pilgrims and devotees,
and much frequented for its supposed sanctity. It
is one of the five celebrated places of pilgrimage in
Benares. The other four are Asi Sangam, Manikarnika,
Panchganga, and Barna Sangam. These five places, in
addition to their proper attractions, are associated to-
gether, and furnish the devotee with a complete course
of pilgrimage, in the same manner as a journey, to
Jagannath, or Gaya, or Benares, or Hardwar, is re-
garded as such. Proceeding from Asi Ghat or Sangam,
at the extreme south of the city, the pilgrim, having
already performed proper religious ceremonies at this
ghat, arrives at Dasasamedh, and worships the gods in
the temple there, and, passing thence to Manikarnika,
bathes in the well. Having done this, he advances
to Panchganga, and on to Barna, Sangam, the northern
extremity of the city, at both which places he
bestows the customary offerings, and pays reverence to
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