Assi is a clay-banked Ghat that stands at the southernmost part of Varanasi where river Assi meets Ganges. This Ghat is the first when you start walking from South towards the Manikarnika. It is mandatory for the pilgrims to bathe at this Ghat before worshipping at a huge lingam under a Peepal tree. There is another Lingam that is worth visit. It is called Asisangameshvara or the "Lord of the Confluence of the Assi". This has been placed in a small marble temple just off the Assi Ghat.
There has been a long held tradition where pilgrims visit the Lolarka
Kund next. Lolarka Kund or the tank of "Trembling Sun" is a
rectangular tank that is 15 meters below the ground level that is
approached by a flight of stairs. This tank has rather sadly been
abandoned lately and comes to life only during the Lolarka fair, when
thousands come to propitiate the gods to bless them with a son.
Interestingly Lolarka Kund is considered one of the two sun-sites that
are related to the origin of Hinduism and is considered the oldest site
in Varanasi. The Kund is equated with the twelve divisions of the sun
and attracts pilgrim on the day of Buddha Purnima. The Assi Ghat is also
considered one of the five special ghats that pilgrims are supposed to
bathe at in sequence during the ritual route called Panch-tirthi Yatra.