Kashi Vishwanath Temple is one of the most sacred and important temples in the city of Varanasi, India. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temple is considered one of the 12 Jyotirlingas, which are sacred shrines of Lord Shiva, and holds a special significance for Hindus all over the world. If you’re planning a visit to Varanasi, a visit to the Kashi Vishwanath Temple should be at the top of your list.
The temple is said to have been built by the Maratha king, Ahilya Bai Holkar in 1780. The temple’s sanctum houses the Jyotirlinga, which is a symbol of Lord Shiva in the form of a Linga, made of gold, and it’s said that this is one of the most sacred Jyotirlingas in India. The temple is surrounded by a high walls and its main entrance, the southern one, is called the trident gate. Once you’re inside, the temple is a maze of corridors, shrines and small temples.
One of the unique features of this temple is its association with the Kashi Naresh, the hereditary ruler of Kashi, who is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the temple. The temple is also home to a number of smaller shrines and temples, including shrines dedicated to various Hindu deities like Lord Vishnu, Lord Ganesha, and Goddess Durga.
The temple is also famous for its Ganga Aarti ceremony, which takes place every evening on the banks of the Ganges River, just opposite to the temple. The ceremony is a beautiful and moving ritual that involves the lighting of lamps and the offering of prayers to the Ganges River. It’s a must-see for all visitors, and provides a great insight into the religious and spiritual life of the city.
The temple also has a rich cultural and historical heritage, and is a great place to explore the city’s past. The temple’s architecture is a blend of different architectural styles, and it’s an interesting place to explore.
When visiting the temple, please make sure to dress modestly, remove shoes, and follow temple etiquette. Photography inside the temple is prohibited.
Kashi Vishwanath Temple is a symbol of the rich cultural and spiritual heritage of Varanasi, and a visit to this temple is an unforgettable experience. The temple is an important pilgrimage destination for Hindus all over the world, and is a must-see for anyone visiting Varanasi.
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