The word Vishram actually means ‘to rest’ or ‘resting place’. As per the legends, it is the place where lord Krishna rested after killing the demon Kansa (his maternal uncle). As per the Hindu epics Vishram ghat stretching along the centre front of river Yamuna is considered as the most sacred of all Ghats and the traditional circumambulation or parikrama of the city starts and ends here. As per the Padma Purana saying “ Bathing at Vishram ghat is hundred times more superior to bathing in river Ganges at triveni Sangam during Magh mela”. According to the Adi Varaha Purana lord Varaha after killing the demon Hiranyaksha and lifting the earth from the deep ocean rested on this very place of Vishram Ghat. There is also a small temple of Sveta Varaha and Adi Varaha nearby. Vishram Ghat is surrounded by many small temples as: Yamunaji temple, Yamuna-Dharamraj, Radha–Damodar temple, Langali hanuman, Annapurna Devi, Neelkanth Mahadev, Krishna-Balram mukut temple. Every evening a grand aarti is performed at Vishram Ghat presenting an eye catching view with numerous lit oil lamps floating on the waters of Yamuna. Every year on the 2nd day from Diwali or Yam Dwitiya a large festival is celebrated during which, lots of pilgrims from different parts of India arrive here to have bath at Vishram ghat. According to the legends if both brother and sister together take a dip in Yamuna on this day then, they will be freed from all their sins and would not have to go to the yamlok after death.
There are other 24 Ghats along the bank of river Yamuna. These Ghats also called as tirthas due to their religious importance. There are 12 Ghats to the north of Vishram Ghat named as: Ganesh Ghat, Manasa Ghat, Dashashwamedh Ghat with its Neelakantheshwar Temple, Navtirtha or Varahkshetra Ghat, Ghantabharan Ghat, Saraswati Sangam or Vaikuntha Ghat, Dhara-patan Ghat, Krishna-ganga Ghat, Manikarnika Ghat, Somatirth or Swami Ghat, Brahmalok Ghat, Asikunda ghat and, Chakratirtha Ghat. To the South of Vishram Ghat there are 12 Ghats named as: Avimukta Ghat, Tinduk Ghat, Dhruva ghat, Chinta-mani Ghat, Ram Ghat, Ravan Koti Ghat, Kankhal Ghat, Prayag Ghat with its Veni Madhva Temple, Saptrishi Ghat, Mokshatirth Ghat, Surya Ghat, and Buddha Ghat.