The centre of the vast courtyard or pavilion above Mir Ghat of Varanasi is characterized by Dharmakupa or Dharm-Kup, one of the famous sacred wells of Benares. Its mouth is built partly by a wall and partly by five small shrines standing side by side ; and the entrance to the enclosure thus made is by a door opening through the wall on the eastern side. This enclosure is of narrow dimensions, yet contains several objects of interest. Close by the door is an enormous stone emblem of Lord Mahadeva, four feet in height, fixed firmly in the ground. Each of the five shrines has a chamber or stall, in which several idols are deposited, one of which contains a representation of Panchmukhi Shiva, the ' five-faced ' Lord Shiva. In another chamber, as many as sixteen idols of deities are sculpted on the wall. Those all are time-worn, indicating that these embedded statues are very ancient. People suggest that these sculpted figures are of the goddess Shitala or Small-pox. The well has a palisade round its mouth, and is very deep; and it is worthy of remark, that the reservoir below, holding the water, is not circular, as is usual, but quadrangular. The locality around this well is also called as Dharma Kupa, thereby showing, that, in all likelihood, the well is as ancient as the colony or Mohalla itself. The antiquity of the well, therefore, is placed beyond all doubt.