Located at the union of the River Ganga and Assi river, Assi Ghat is known for its historical importance and mythology. The ancient history reveals that the Goddess Durga threw her sword in the river after killing the demon Shumbha-Nishumbha after which the place was named Assi ghat. The Assi Ghat also finds its roots and mentions in the holy Kashi Khand as Assi “Saimbeda Tirtha ”, which means the one who takes bath in this divine river gets the Punya of all other prominent thirthas.
The ghat contains a massive Shiva lingam that is situated under the peepal tree. People often visit the place to offer their prayers to the Shiva lingam after taking a holy bath in the river. Assi ghat has been also described in ancient Hindu literature such as in the Matsya Purana, kurma Purana, Padma Purana, Agni Purana and Kashi khanda.