Kashi Vishwanath Temple

Kashi Vishwanath Jyotirling, Kashi Vishwanath Jyotirlinga Temple, Jyotirling In Varanasi

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Varanasi, also known as Kashi, holds immense religious significance for Hindus. Situated on the banks of the sacred river Ganges, it is believed to be one of the oldest living cities in the world. The convergence of the Varana and Asi rivers with the Ganges adds to its mystical allure. This holy city is adorned with numerous temples and is revered as a Shakti Peetha, with the presence of the divine goddesses Annapurna and Visalakshi.

One of Varanasi's most prominent and revered temples is the Kashi Vishwanath Jyotirlinga Temple, also known as the Shiv Vishwanath Kashi Temple. It is considered the abode of Lord Shankar and holds great significance for devotees seeking liberation and blessings. The temple has a rich history, with its original Jyotirlinga lost during the Mughal invasion. However, Queen Ahilyabai of Indore built a new temple, a testament to devotion and architectural splendor.

Within the temple complex, you can explore the various shrines dedicated to deities such as Mahakala, Dhandapani, Avimukteshwara, Vishnu, Vinayaka, Sanishwara, Virupaksha, and Virupaksh Gauri. The sanctum sanctorum houses the revered Jyotirlinga, attracting thousands of devotees who seek the divine blessings of Lord Shiva. A visit to Kashi Vishwanath Temple, along with a holy dip in the sacred Ganges, is believed to pave the way for salvation and spiritual liberation.

Varanasi is not just a city of temples but a tapestry of spiritual traditions and cultural heritage. The city's Ghats, including the famous Dasaswamedha Ghat and Manikarnika Ghat, holds immense significance for Hindu rituals and ceremonies. The confluence of the Asi-Ganga rivers at Lolarka and the Panchaganga Ghat further enhances the spiritual energy of Varanasi.

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Importance Of the Temple

The temple is widely recognized as one of the most important places of worship in Hindu religion and most of the leading Hindu saints, including Adi Sankaracharya, Ramakrishna Paramhansa, Swami Vivekananda, Goswami Tulsidas, Swami Dayananda Saraswati, Gurunanak have visited this site. A visit to the temple and a bath in the river Ganges is one of many methods believed to lead one on a path to Moksha (liberation).

Thus, people from all over the nation, try to visit the place at least once in their lifetime. There is also a tradition that one should give up at least one desire after a pilgrimage the temple, and the pilgrimage would also include a visit to the temple at Rameswaram in South India, where people take the water samples of the Ganges to perform prayer at the temple and bring back the sand from near that temple. Due to the immense popularity and holiness of this temple, hundreds of temples across the nation have been built with the same style and architecture.

Kashi Vishwanath Temple Architecture

The Kashi Vishwanath Temple Banaras consists of a mandapa and a sanctum, besides many subsidiary shrines. The sanctum has a linga made of black stone and is set into the center of the floor in a square silver altar. On the southern entrance of the temple, there are three temples in a row one behind the other, dedicated to Vishnu, Virupakshi Gauri and Avimukta Vinayaka. There are a group of five lingas enclosed in the temple called Nilakantheshvar temple. Shanishchara and Virupaksha temples are seen just above the Avimuka Vinayaka temple. There is another linga called Avimukteshvara which is seen on the right, near the entrance. Some people suggest that original Jyotirlinga at the place is not the Vishwanatha but the Avimukteshvara Jyotirlinga.

There is a well called Gyan-Kupor (the well of Knowledge), located beside the temple. Legend has it that when the Shiva Lingam was removed from the original temple, it was hidden in this well to protect it from Aurangazeb.

Kashi Vishwanath Temple Festivals

Mahashivratri is celebrated in a grand manner at Kashi Vishwanath Temple on the 6th night of the dark Phalgun (February or March) every year.

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