Kashi – City Of Temples / Mandiro ka Nagar

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Kashi – City of Temples

There are thousands of temples in Kashi, among them Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Naya Vishwanath Temple, Durga Kund Temple, Sankatmochan Temple, Kaal Bhairav ​​Temple, Annapurna Temple, Bharatmata Temple, Nepali Hindu Temple and Vishalakshi Temple are prominent.

Kashi Vishwanath Temple

This temple is the ninth of twelve Jyotirlingas and is also called the Golden Temple. The present temple was built in 1780 by Queen Ahilya Bai Holkar. In 1739, the ruler of Punjab, Punjab Kesari Maharaja Ranjit Singh, donated 1000 kg of gold to get the two peaks of this temple decorated with gold.

In the temple of Baba Vishwanath, Aarti is done four times a day with morning aarti. It is believed that the virtue of water offered on Monday is more. Especially on the Monday of Savan, Jalabhishek has its own significance. For Golden umbrella above the temple, it is believed  that if a wish is sought after seeing it, it is definitely fulfilled.

New Vishwanath Temple

It is said that once Malaviya ji worshiped Baba Vishwanath, then in the evening he saw a giant idol, which ordered him to establish Baba Vishwanath. Malaviya ji, following the orders of Bhole Baba, started the construction work of the temple. But due to illness, he could not get it completed. Then knowing the intention of Malaviya ji, industrialist Jugal Kishore Birla got the construction work done for this temple. The peak of this temple is highest in the world.

Durga Kund Temple

This temple was built by the Queen of Bengal in the 18th century. The temple is also known as Durga Kund, which was earlier connected with the river Ganga. It is believed that the idol of Goddess Durga Mata manifested itself here. In Navratri, Sawan, Tuesdays and Saturday‍s, this temple crowded by the devotees.

Sankat Mochan Temple

This temple is one of the holy temples of Lord Hanuman. Sankat Mochan means one who defeats troubles and sorrows. Here Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated with great enthusiasm , during which a special Shobha Yatra is carried out which runs from the historic Durga temple adjacent to Durgakund to Sankat Mochan. A wonderful feature of this temple is that the idol of Lord Hanuman has been installed in such a way that he is looking only towards Lord Rama. Every year in the month of April, there is a classical music and dance music festival called “Sankat Mochan Sangeet Samaroh”.

Bhairav ​​Temple

Lord Kaal Bhairav ​​is considered to be the form of the Lord Shiva who wears a garland of skulls. The name Kaal Bhairav ​​means death and fate. It is said that even death is afraid of Kaal Bhairava. The door of the temple is guarded by Bhairav’s vehicle, the dog. In the center of the courtyard, is the main temple of Bhairava. His silver face adorned with flowers can be seen from the entrance to the inner sanctum.

Annapurna Temple

Annapurna Mata is considered to be the mother of the three worlds. It is said that she herself had fed Lord Shiva. This is what Adi Shankaracharya wished to attain enlightenment by creating Annapurna Strot.

Bharat Mata Temple

This temple is not dedicated to any God, but is built for Mother India, and there is no statue of Mother India in this temple. The map of India has been carved on white marble of Makrana. The temple is built on 5 pillars which represent the 5 basic elements of creation, namely earth, air, fire, water and sky.

Nepali Hindu Temple

This magnificent temple is a replica of the famous Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this 19th century temple was built by King Rana Bahadur Shah of Nepal. A specialty of this temple is that its sculptures are similar to the monuments of Khajuraho.

Vishalakshi Temple

This temple is an important temple dedicated to Shaktipeeth. The idol of Goddess has big eyes  in this temple, hence called Vishalakshi . 

 

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