There are many temples and buildings above Assi Ghat. There is a small but pretty recognizable ‘akhara’ or monastery belonging to the Nanak-Panthis (believers of the preaching of Guru Nanak). With an inconsistency, by no means unusual, there is on the platform a small temple containing an image of Mahadeva. Another temple of importance is Laxmi Narayan Temple, a classical example of Panchayatan style of Nagar temple architecture. Also called “Panch-Mandir” – five temples are grouped together. Next to this, a new temple has been erected. Three temples are dedicated to Vishnu-Lakshmi, Lord Shiva and Krishna-Radha. Other two temples are dedicated to Ram, Sita & Laxman. It is a very beautiful temple in a narrow alley leading from the Sankat Mochan Temple to Assi Ghat. Adjoining the Assi Ghat is a dainty building built by the Maharani of Benares. This building is not regularly occupied, but is kept for use at special festivals & occasions. Assisangameshwar Temple (dedicated to Lord Shiva), Nrisingh Temple, Baneshwar Temple and Mayureshwar Temple are other famous temples at Assi Ghat.
Assi Ghat holds immense importance for Hindus. Great saint Tulsi Das meditated, wrote Ramcharitmanas and left for heavenly abode at Assi Ghat. Subah-e-Benares, a cultural fiesta, is organized every morning on Assi Ghat. Ganga Pujan (Ganges Worship), cultural presentations, ‘hawan’- the ‘ahuti’, sun-rise, boat ride, classical music, yoga etc take place as routine features. The larger chunk of visitors constitutes of students of BHU, long-term researchers & foreigners. It is an ideal place to delve into the real culture and essence of Varanasi.