Manikarnika Snan


Manikarnika snan is a ritual of taking a holy dip in Manikarnika ghat on the day of Shukla paksha Chaturdashi tithi of Kartik masa. This day is highly auspicious for cleansing bad karma and renewing energy meridians.

Manikarnika Snan 2023

Sun , 26th Nov 2023

Significance

Manikarnika Ghat is an ancient Ghat in Varanasi. Ghats in Varanasi have a great spiritual significance. According to the scriptures, Sati Devi after marrying Lord Shiva lived in the Himalayas, when She heard that Her father Daksha Prajapati was organizing a Yagya ceremony she requested Lord Shiva to visit the yagna along with her. But Lord Shiva denied accompanying her. While she was at the ceremony, Daksha Prajapati mocked at Lord Shiva and Sati devi set her body ablaze. When Lord Shiva carried Sati’s body back to Himalayas, parts of her body fell on different places on Earth to become Shakthi peeth.

Of the Shakthi Peeths or ghats, manikarnika ghat was created when Sati’s ear ornaments fell on earth. This is the reason why this ghat is called Manikarnika- an ornament. It is mentioned in puranas that a person who takes a holy ritualistic dip on Shukla Kartik Chaturdashi attains ‘moksha’ or salvation. 

Rituals

Devotees wake up early before sunrise and meditate on their favorite lord. The holy bathing ritual on the Manikarnika Ghat is organized during the last quarter of the night. Soaps and other chemicals should be avoided while taking a holy dip and yields equivalent results of taking 1000 snan in Holy ganges. During the day devotees visit shakthi peeths and offer prayers to Lord Shiva and Goddess Sati. This day is an ideal day to seek forgiveness for their sins. On this day, reciting Vedic mantras, japa or reading religious scriptures at the banks of Manikarnika Snan is considered very auspicious. It is also a special day for donations in the form of clothes, money, or food.

Benefits

  • Manikarnika snan on this day completely frees from the continuous cycle of birth and death.
  • Taking holy dip on this day also bestows blessings from Lord Vishnu himself since it is mentioned in puranas that Lord Vishnu was the first to take bath in this Ghat, Manikarnika Snan.
  • Performing ‘pitru-tarpanam’ on the Manikarnika ghat blesses grand punya on the souls of the ancestors. 
  • Donating food and fruits on this day blesses unlimited supply of food for the whole family. 

Important Timings On Manikarnika Snan

Sunrise

November 26, 2023 6:51 AM

Sunset

November 26, 2023 5:36 PM

Chaturdashi Tithi Begins

November 25, 2023 5:22 PM

Chaturdashi Tithi Ends

November 26, 2023 3:53 PM

Manikarnika Snan festival dates between 2019 & 2029

Year

Date

2019

Monday, 11th of November

2020

Sunday, 29th of November

2021

Thursday, 18th of November

2022

Monday, 7th of November

2023

Sunday, 26th of November

2024

Friday, 15th of November

2025

Tuesday, 4th of November

2026

Monday, 23rd of November

2027

Saturday, 13th of November

2028

Wednesday, 1st of November

2029

Monday, 19th of November

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