Mansarovar Ghat was built in 1585 AD by Raja Man Singh of Amber, Jaipur. He was the king who also built
Man Mandir Ghat. Just near Mansarovar Ghat, the king had also constructed Man Mandir Kund. The locals have
a belief that the water in the pool possesses merit & sacredness similar to Mansarovar Lake in Tibet. This is why the name of the
ghat was given as Mansarovar. A lot of cultural and religious activities are performed on Mansarovar Ghat. This is one of the
most important ghats of the city. The government of Uttar Pradesh and descendants of Amber (Jaipur) kings have rebuilt Mansarovar
Ghat several times. The pool or the ‘kund’ became smaller when the ghat became ‘pucca’. This basically happened due to the lack
of space and it turned into a well (कूप) called Mansarovar Kupa (मानसरोवर कूप). Kshemeshvara Ghat is another name given to
Mansarovar Ghat. Kshemeshwar Ghat is named after Kshema Gana of Lord Shiva. Kshema Gana is said to be the founder of a ‘lingam’
in a Shiva temple nearby the ghat.
Some changes were again done in 1962 AD and the upper part of Mansarovar Ghat was bought by Kumaraswamy Matt (मठ- Monastery). Kumaraswamy
Matt was established in 17th century by Saint Kumaragurupapar in Kashi itself. He was actually born in Tamil Nadu but later he travelled to
Kashi to spread the teachings of Shaivism. The Matt has now constructed a building with shrines and rest houses for the pilgrims. It has
been designed keeping in view the convenience of the pilgrims. Also, till the 19th century, a sewage drain was falling near Mansarovar
Ghat but later the sewage drainage had been diverted to the sewer pump station at the Chowka Ghat.
The respective trusts own the monastic properties along the ghats. The inhabitants own houses and other properties
of the area. It is the Municipal Corporation of Varanasi that owns Mansarovar Ghat. The ages old rich heritage of
Mansarovar Ghat is primarily conserved by the voluntary participation of the local people. The people residing on
ghats and adjoining area are sensitive and aware about the glorious legacy they have inherited.