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Most Famous Temples of Banaras & Their History

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As we know Banaras is known as the city of temples which is a famous place in Uttar Pradesh. There will not be any street where there is not any temple. So in this Article, we will discuss some of the most famous temples that enhance the beauty of this holy city and its brightness.

This is the reason why the city of Varanasi is famous not only for its ancient temples but also for the Ganga River and many historical facts. Every day thousands of devotees from all over the world come here for darshan. And bow down at the feet of God. It is said that Kashi is the place where salvation is achieved.

It is said that Kashi is the place where salvation is attained, hence Kabirdas and some historians are coming here in their last moments of life so that they can attain salvation. And by the grace of God, they were able to go to Bhagwatdham.

There are many temples of Banaras. The most famous temple among them is Kashi Vishwanath. This temple is situated on the western bank of the holy river Ganga, and one of the twelve Jyotirlingams, Shiva Vishweshwar or God Shiva is seated here. The peak (top) of this temple is 51 ft. It was gilded with 22 tonnes of gold .

Kashi Vishwanath Temple is open every morning at 4:00 am for Shiva devotees. After visiting the temple, first of all, Aarti is done, then people do darshan and worship from 12 noon to 7 pm, Sapt Rishi Aarti is performed at 7 pm and after that. Devotees take darshan till 9 pm.

Maharani Ahilya Bai Holkar, the creator of Kashi Vishwanath Temple (established in 1780). Oldest temple of Vishwanath temple

Durga temple in Durgakund

This temple was built in the 18th century by Rani Bhavani lived in Punjab, and was a devotee of the goddess. One of its main features is the pond of this temple which is built in the premises of the temple itself. People connect this pond with the river Ganga. This pond may look small but it is very deep. This temple is made of red stones. The idol of the Mother Goddess in the temple shines so much that no one can take their eyes off her and there is a desire to see her again and again. A huge crowd is seen here during Navratri. At this time, one has to stand in line for 2 or 3 hours for the darshan of the goddess.
The architecture of this temple has been constructed with red stones in the North Indian Nagara style.

Temples around it

Talk about it at the very least, you can also visit Tulsi Manus Temple, Tridev Temple, Manas Temple, and Radha-Krishna Temple at a distance. You can park your vehicle at a safe place and visit these temples on foot around it.

Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple

It is told in the Puranas that the history of the Sankat Mochan Temple of Kashi is about four hundred years old. this temple was built between Samvat 1631 and 1680. The temple was established by Goswami Tulsidas Ji, who wrote Ramcharitmanas. It is believed that when he was writing Ramcharitmanas while living in Kashi, his source of inspiration was Sankat Mochan Hanuman. its times 5 am-12 pm, and 4-9 pm for darshan (to visit).

There is a temple right in front of the idol of Sankat Mochan Hanuman ji in which Lord Shri Ram, Lakshman, and Mother Sita are present. There is also a well between these two, whose sweet water people drink as Prasad.
There are two gates to enter the temple complex. The first main gate is located on Durga Kund Lanka Road and the second gate passes through the streets coming from Kashi Hindu University.

Kal Bhairav temple

Kal Bhairav temple is the oldest temple in Varanasi. It is believed that Lord Kaal Bhairav takes away all the sins of his devotees and hence he is also called the “Sin Eater”. Kaal Bhairav Temple is located at K-32/22, Bhaironath in Varanasi. The temple is open for worship by devotees from 5:00 am to 1:30 pm and from 4:30 pm to 9:30 pm.

Kaal Bhairav’s dog – Kaal Bhairav’s association with the dog reflects the concept of loyalty and protection found in mythology. Like a trusted friend, the dog symbolizes devotion and vigilance, which enhances the relatable aspect of the deity’s character.

Devotees offer what Bhairava likes – ghee bath, red flowers, ghee lamp, unbroken coconut, honey, boiled food, fibrous fruits, etc.

Kaal Bhairav’s wife – He is the supreme divinity and the ruler of the Shesha Bhairavas. Kaal Bhairav’s wife is Bhairavi, who is a terrifying form of Parvati or Kali. This fearsome aspect of God is mainly worshiped by the Aghora sect.

Maa Annapurna temple

The temple of Maa Annapurna is located a short distance from Baba Vishwanath Temple in Kashi, the city of Bholenath.

Mother Annapurna is worshiped in this temple. There is a religious belief that by worshiping Goddess Annapurna regularly every day, there is no shortage of food in the house even in adverse circumstances. She is considered the mother of food grains in all three worlds. It is said that the mother herself had fed food to Lord Shiva. There are such pictures on the walls of this temple. In one picture the goddess is holding a ladle.

In this temple, only once a year on the Annakoot festival, the golden statue of Mother Annapurna is taken out for public viewing for a day. Only then can devotees see their amazing beauty. This is the reason why on the day of Dhanteras, there is a crowd of devotees here to have darshan of the goddess and the treasure. This time, apart from the common coins, Shri Annapurna Temple management has also prepared special 30 kg silver coins. In which the picture of Mother Annapurna is engraved. Apart from this, Ashtadhatu coins will also be distributed among the devotees this time.

Amazing things in the temple

There are many things made in this temple which the devotees are very happy to see. There is also a Mata Annapurna kitchen here. At the same time, there are many statues in the courtyard including Maa Kali, Parvati, Shivji, and many other gods and goddesses. Every year a large number of devotees come here during the Annakoot festival and have darshan of the Mother Goddess.

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