The ghats of Varanasi have been greatly influenced by Hindu mythology. They teach visitors the true meaning of life, and duties towards religion, and their ancestors. They enchant, mesmerize, and leave people speechless by composing real pictures of devotion, belief, and practices. They have been visited by the gods, ascetics, sages, saints and poets for centuries. Their name and fame are very deeply rooted with the deeds, and spiritual power of mythical souls. Tulsi Ghat is one of the important ghats named after the Hindu poet-saint Tulsidas.
Tulsidas lived from C. E.1532 to 1623. He was an ardent devotee of Lord Rama and was considered as the reincarnation of Valimki. He even penned Ramcharitramanas here. Such was the mythical power of the manuscript that it did not drown into the river even after falling from the hands of Tulsidas. Instead, the sacred book kept floating on the river and made its ways to the shore. Tulsidas conceptualized the idea of narrating Lord Rama’s life story in the form of a drama here. The drama eventually became famous as Ram Leela and is still held during the period of Dusshera. The Hindu lunar month, which falls in October or November transforms the ghat into a cultural centre.
The former name of Tulsi Ghat was Lolark Ghat according to the texts written in Gaharwa Danpatra and Girvanapadamanjari. The credit for giving it the name of Tulsi Das goes to the industrialist Baldeo Das Birla. This industrial renovated the old ghat in 1941.
Tulsi Ghat has a temple of Lord Rama and Lord Hanuman. The place where the temple of Lord Hanuman is built is believed to be the same spot where Tulsidas had a darshan of Hanuman. There is also a Samadhi of Tulsidas. The house in which he stayed is still preserved along with his wooden pillow and an idol of Lord Hanuman. There is also a pond which is known as Lolark Kunda. This Kunda is believed to have the power of blessing devotees with a son and a long life. It also cures leprosy if one bathes in it.