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Gandhi Ghat-narrative of floating emotions

Posted by Mayank Jha
January 26, 2018

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What would be the perfect place for you to hangout- an eatery, a tranquil location, a religious and holy environment or a spot where you can find the younger lot? Well, Gandhi Ghat has it all for you!

If you think that Ghat is just another set of stairs erected along the river bank, you might be wrong.Gandhi Ghat- ghat with calmness, spirituality, placidness and enjoyment that surpasses the stress we hold within; Ask the locals and the visitors, everyone will tell you their own story. While some visit the Ghat to inhale the poise of Ganga, others come for sheer fun. For some ,it’s a place to chill and have fun, for others it is home. A place where they can breathe few moments free from their daily feverishness, a place where they can cry their depression out in solitude, or a place where they can live the best of the moments.

Due to its location behind the National Institute of Technology, it is also known as NIT Ghat. Whatever your mood is, Ghat always has something for you,like boating, eateries, or just sitting beside your someone special, immersed in endless talks.
The shops across the river at Diara island also gives you the facility of preparing food for your chicken party. You can provide them with the chicken and they will cook for you and your friends. Isn’t that amazing?

You can easily consider Ghat as a plot of narrative with different characters in it- chaiwalas, smokers, priests, young couples, women and men who come to wash their sins off, photographers(both professional and self proclaimed ), artists seeking their inspiration, and what not! Everyone seems to be busy in their own monologue.

As the sun travels West the comeliness of the Ghat increases; It comes to climax during sunset. The breathtaking sunset one feels at the Ghat is one of the indelible sunsets you can ever have.

As the darkness prevails the sky, lamps offered in Ganga Aarti enlighten the Ghat.
Ganga Aarti- the holy ceremony of worshipping mother Ganga is another virtue of this Ghat. A group of priests dressed in saffron robes ,offer a total of 51 lamps to the holy river. Aarti starts with the blowing  Shankhs, purifying the ambience and continues with movements of lamps, making a pattern of OM. This ritual started in 2011 on the lines of Banaras and Haridwar.

As we just celebrated Makar Sankranti ,you just can not stop buzzing about the famous Kite festival. Bihar tourism department organises Kite festival on the Diara island, on the occasion of Makar Sankranti every year.

As you can see the ongoing construction of Patna Marine Drive ,you can easily interpret that the allurement of Gandhi Ghat is only gonna improve with time. Whether it is newly built Digha Sonpur bridge on the left, or 35 years old Mahatma Gandhi Setu on the right, it only adds to the serene view from the Ghat and its pleasingness. This Marine Drive or Ganga Driveway will add to the charm of Gandhi Ghat and we only hope to see the Gandhi Ghat welcoming people with the same warmth even after 50 more years. This, mini Banaras, is a place to be, for every Patnaite.

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