Kashi Vishwanath Temple Varanasi is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. People also call it Golden Temple of Lord Shiva. It is on the western bank of the holy river Ganga in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. Varanasi, also formerly known as Kashi or Banaras. It is the seventh and most important Jyotirlinga in the twelve Jyotirlingas. Devotees also call it the abode of liberation. It is said that attaining salvation in Varanasi (Kashi) attains salvation. Therefore, people also call it the city of salvation. Where a person comes for self peace and freedom from the world. Vishwanath means the master of the world, the lord of the world. Kashi or Varanasi is the cultural capital of India. It is the oldest city in the world and also a holy city in Hinduism. Therefore tourists come to visit Vishwanath temple not only from India but also from abroad.
Description in Puranas
There is also a description of Temple in Skanda Purana. Many revered sage Muni has also come to Kashi Vishwanath temple for self-contemplation and spirituality like Adi Shankara, Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Goswami Tulsidas, Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati, Gurunanak, Swami Vivekananda and many other spiritual gurus and saints.
History of Kashi Vishwanath Temple Varanasi
The history of the temple has been very turbulent. Muslim rulers destroyed this temple many times. First of all, Qutb al-Din destroyed the temple around the 11th century. Then around the fifteenth century, Alexander Lodhi destroyed it. Then in 1669, Aurangzeb destroyed the temple and built the Gyanvapi Mosque. The present form of the temple was built by Maharani Ahilyabai Holkar in about 1780. Raja Ranjit Singh of Punjab offered a ton of gold in the temple, which has two domes made of pure gold top of the temple.
Vishalakshi Saktipeeth in Varanasi
Vishalakshi Saktipeeth is at Mir Ghat on the bank of holy Ganga near Manikarnika Ghat Varanasi. It is dedicated to Goddess Parvati. There is description Skanda Puranas that Lord Shiva stayed here overnight daily with his wife Goddess Parvati. This is the Temple where Sati’s part of the head was fallen. That’s why It is a Shaktipeeth.
Dasaswamedh Ghat Ganga Aarti
Ganga Aarti of Varanasi is very famous worldwide. So people come here to see Ganga Aarti from around the World. Main Ganga Aarti organizes on Dasaswamedh Ghat on the Ganga river. According to the myth Lord Bramha performed here ten Ashwamedh Yajna and created this Ghat to welcome to Lord Shiva. Peshwa Balaji Baji Rao built this Ghat in 1748 and Queen Ahilyabahi Holkar rebuilt it in 1774. The Ganga Aarti begins at 7 pm in summer and at 6 pm in winter in the evening. Several Priest performs Ganga Aarti moving Deepam and people watch it standing on the boat. The scene is very captivating. The duration of Aarti approx 45 minutes. More than 1000 people gather on this Ghat daily to see Aarti.
4 am to 11:15 am and 12:30 pm to 7 pm.
Mangala Aarti 3 am to 4 am.
Bhog Aarti 11:15 am to 12:20 pm.
Sandhya Aarti 7 pm to 8:15 pm.
Sringar Aarti 9 pm to 10:15 pm.
Shayan Aarti 10:30 pm to 11 pm.
Tourist Place in Varanasi
Ganga Aarti Dasaswamedh Ghat, Assi Ghat, Manikarnika Ghat, Banaras Hindu University, Ramnagar Fort, Durga Temple. Darbhanga Ghat, Batuk Bhairav Mandir, Sankat mochan Hanuman Temple.