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Kashi Vishwanath Temple

Kashi Vishwanath Temple

Kashi Vishwanath Temple, one of the most legendary Hindu temples is positioned in the heart of the cultural capital of India, Varanasi. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is erected on the western banks of the country’s holiest Ganges and is one among the twelve Jyotirlingas, the most blessed of Shiva temples.

The chief deity enshrined here is Vishwanatha or Vishweshwara, which literally means as the Ruler of the universe. The Kashi Vishwanath temple stands as the hub of belief and devotion of millions of Hindus.

The temple town, Varanasi claims to be the oldest living city in the world, which dates back to 3500 years ago with its documented history known as Kashi and hence the temple is popularly called as Kashi Vishwanath Temple. The temple along with the city also claims to be the holiest and the oldest temple in the city of Varanasi. As per the Hindu religion, it is said that even a mere glimpse of this Jyotirlinga cleanses the soul. The temple of Kashi Vishwanath has been a living depiction of the eternal cultural traditions and utmost spiritual values.

The Kashi Vishwanath Temple is frequented by the visitors from India and abroad. Lord Vishwanath is considered the supreme hub of the spiritual truth and also stands as the centre for strengthening the bonds of universal brotherhood. The temple was rebuilt by Late Maharani Ahilya Bai Holkar of Indore in 1780, which is present till today. In 1839, two domes of the temple got enclosed by gold, which were donated by Maharaja Ranjeet Singh, the ruler of Punjab. The management of the Kashi Vishwanath temple is taken care by the trust.

Vishwanath temple opens daily at 2.30 in the morning for Mangala Aarti and the ticket holders are permitted to enter in the temple and join the prayers at 3 till 4 in the morning itself and there onwards after 4, general Darshan take place from 4 till 11 in the morning. The midday Bhog Aarti starts from 11.30 to 12 in the noon. The offerings at the Kashi Vishwanath temple are given to poor. During the important religious occasion like Shivratri, Kashi Naresh (King of Kashi) is the chief officiating priest and no other person or priest is allowed to enter the sanctum sanctorum. It is only after he performs his religious functions, others are allowed to enter in the temple.

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