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About Kashi Vishwanath Temple

Kashi Vishwanath Temple is one of the most famous Hindu Temples located in the ancient city of Varanasi on the banks of the Holy GangaGangaGanga
According to Bhagavata Purana, Vishnu in one of....
River. It is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas, the holiest of ShivaShivaShiva
Shiva is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindu Trinity that ...
Temples. The main deity of the Temple is Vishvanatha or Vishveshwara, which implies Ruler of the Universe. Also, the cultural city of Varanasi is popular by the name of Kashi and; hence, the temple is known as kasha Vishwanath Temple built in the year 1780 by the Marathi Monarch, Maharani Ahilyabai Holkar of the Indore.
 

Historical Significance
Varanasi, the cultural and pious pilgrimage city for the devotees and visitors, has now turned into an eyesore and source of envy by Muslim clan. From 1033 to 1699 A.D. the Temple was attacked by several Mughal emperors. The temples were demolished and masjids were constructed instead. But, in the midst of communal wars and bloodshed, the Kashi Vishwanath Temple stood still due to endless devotion and dedication of the Hindu devotees. During the British and Maratha rule, the city of Kashi developed commendably and helped to preserve the glory of the Temple. BuddhaBuddhaBuddha
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and Jaina monks also stood forward to preserve the heritage of Indian culture and tradition.
 

King Ranjit Singh adorned the towers or Gopuras of the Temple in gold. A huge bell hung inside the atrium was donated by the King of Nepal.  A huge number of Hindu devotees visit the pilgrim to make offerings and receive the blessings of Lord Vishvanatha. A lot of foreign tourists also visit this place regularly. Jyotirlinga is deep-rooted in the Hinduism and holds a significant position.  It is considered as the holiest shrine and the Ganga flowing through the city marks a symbol of purity and austerity. People who perform their rites and rituals during the nearing death are considered to be auspicious.
'Jaya Ganga', 'Jaya Vishwanath', 'Om Namah Shivay' are the chants one can listen to everytime they visit.
 

The Deity

According to the Puranas, There was an argument between BrahmaBrahmaBrahma
According to Hinduism, the whole creation is the work of Trimurti (the Hindu Trinity)...
(God of creation) and VishnuVishnuVishnu
Vishnu is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindus and is a part of Hindu Trinity,..
God of harmony) to test the supremacy of the creation of the universe. To test them, Shiva appeared and pierced the three worlds as huge pillars of light or Jyotirlinga. Both, Brahma and Vishnu went upwards and downwards to search for the end of the light. But, Brahma lied that he found the light and Vishnu was defeated. But, Shiva cursed Brahma for his lie and commanded he won’t hold any place in ceremonies. While Vishnu will be worshipped till eternity. The Jyotirlinga is an endless and supreme light where Shiva partly appears. There are 12 Jyotirlingas in the country located at different places. One of which is at Kashi Vishwanath Temple.
 

It is believed that Lord Shiva came to Kashi through Manikarnika, after the demise of SatiSatiSati
The name Sati means true and justifying her name...
Devi. The Manikarnika Ghat on the banks of Ganga is considered as a Shakti Peetha., a revered place for the worship of Shaktism sect.
 

Ancient Architecture

The temple complex consists of the smaller shrines when you pass a popular street of Varanasi called as Vishwanath Gali where the Temple is also located. The lingam of the main deity at the shrine is 60cm long and 90 cm in circumference housed in a silver altar. There is a small legendary weel by the name Jnani Vapi spelled as Gyaani Vapi well which is believed to restore the pious Jyotirlinga from the invaders. It is a belief that the main priest of the Temple jumped into the well with the Jyotirlinga to protect from the invaders. The lingam is made up of a black coloured stone enshrined on the silver sanctum. Noteworthy is the 15.5 m high gold spire and gold dome of the Temple. Each tower is made of pure gold.
 

Location: Kashi Vishwanath Temple is located on the banks of Ganga River in the city of Varanasi.
 

Built In: The Temple was built in 1780 by the Marathi Monarch, Maharani Ahilyabai Holkar of Indore.
Dedicated To: The avant-garde Temple is dedicated to Vishvanatha or Vishveshvera, an avatar of Lord Shiva.
 

Alternate name: The Kashi Vishwanath Temple is also known as the Golden temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.
 

Attraction: Some amazing temples near Kashi Vishwanath are:
 

Markandey Mahadev Temple
Bharat Mata Temple
Birla Mandir Temple
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Temple
Sankatha Temple
Annapurna Temple
Tulsi Manas Temple
Vyasa Temple
Durga Temple

 

Nearby Hotel Accommodation: Some hotels near the Temple are Lara India Hotel, Ganpathi Guest House, Palace On steps, Jukasi Ganges, Crescent Villa, and Hotel Buddha etc.

 

 



 


 
 

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