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Tourism in Varnasi

Kasi Vishwanath Temple The Kashi Vishwanath Temple in which is enshrined the Jyotirlinga of Shiva, Vishweshwar or Vishwanath is in the heart of the city of Varanasi. Here gravitate the teeming millions of India to seek benediction and spiritual peace by the darshan of this Jyotirlinga which confers liberation from the bondages of Maya and the inexorable entanglements of the world. A simple glimpse of the Jyotirlinga is a soul-cleansing experience that transforms life and puts it on the path of knowledge and bhakti. Vishweshwara Jyotirlinga has a very special and unique significance in the spiritual history of India.

The Temple has been visited by all great saints- Adi Shankaracharya, Ramakrishna Paramhansa, Swami Vivekananda, Goswami Tulsidas, Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati, Gurunanak and several other spiritual personalities. On January 28, 1983 the Temple was taken over by the Govt. of Uttar Pradesh. The Temple in the present shape was built way back in 1780 by Late Maharani Ahilya Bai Holkar of Indore. In the year 1785 a Naubatkhana was built up in front of the Temple by the then Collector Mohd.Ibrahim Khan at the instance of Governor General Warren Hastings. In 1839, two domes of the Temple were covered by gold donated by Punjab Kesari Maharaja Ranjeet Singh. Varanasi is said to be the point at which the first Jyotirlinga, the fiery pillar of light by which Lord Shiva’s manifestation has supremacy over others gods, broke through the Earth’s crust and flared towards the heavens. More than the Gaths and even the Ganga, the Shivalinga installed in the temple remains the devotional focus of Varanasi.

Near The Temples Of Varanasi

Annapurna Temple

Near the Kashi Vishwanath temple, there is a temple of Devi Annapurna, believed as the "Goddess of Fooding".

Sankatha Temple

Near the Scindia Ghat, there is a temple of "Goddess of Remedy" Devi Sankatha. Inside its premises there is a huge statue of a Lion. Also there are nine temples of nine planets nearby to this temple.

Kalbhairav Temple

It is the ancient temple of Varanasi near the Head Post Office, Vishweshwar Ganj. Lord Kalbhairav is believed as "Kotwal of Varanasi” (Security), without his permission no one can stay in Kashi.

Mrityunjay Mahadev Temple

On the route of Daranagar to Kalbhairav temple this temple of Lord Shiva is situated. Just besides this temple there is a well of much religious importance, whose water is said to be mixture of several underground streams and good for eliminating several diseases.

New Vishwanath Temple

Situated in the premises of Banaras Hindu University, a modern place of worship planned by Pandit Malviya and built by the Birla’s. Open to all, irrespective of caste or creed. Durga Temple

This temple was built in the 18th century. There is nice stonework done in the temple and is the nice example of Nagra Shilp. Goddess Durga is believed as the symbol of Strength and Power which govern the entire world. There is a pond adjacent to the temple called "Durgakund".

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Tulsi Manas Temple

This modern temple is dedicated to Lord Rama. It is situated at the place where Tulisdas, the great medieval seer, lived and wrote the epic "Shri Ramcharitmanas", which narrates the life of Lord Rama, the hero of the Ramayana. Verses from Tulidas’s epic are inscribed on the walls. It is just nearby to Durga Temple.

Sankatmochan Temple

Besides the Assi river stream, on the way of Durga Temple to Banaras Hindu University this well-known temple of Lord Hanuman is situated. Lord Hanuman is also known as "Sankatmochan" the god who protects from the troubles. This temple is founded by Goswami Tulsidas. This temple is also known as "Monkey" temple, as lots of monkeys are there inside the premises.

Bharat Mata Temple

This Temple was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi in 1936 and houses one perfect relief maps of India carved out of marble. The Temple was gifted by the nationalists Babu Shiv Prasad Gupta (Barat Ratna) and Shri Durga Prasad Khatri, leading numismatists and antiquarians.