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Sri Vishwanath Temple of Kashi is one of the Jyothirlingams. It is one of the seven important shrines of Lord Shiva, known as Mokshadayikas, where Lord Shiva gives salvation for souls. Lord Shiva is the king of the universe, and hence the name Vishwanath. Goddess Parvati is revered as Goddess Annapoorni, as she likes to feed people. This place is also regarded as a Shakthi Peeta, the dwellings of Goddess Parvati, where her body parts are found after being annihilated by Lord Vishnu’s Sudarshana Chakra. This is one of the temples of India, which is always crowded and is visited by a lot of people across the globe.
The temple of Kashi is one of the oldest surviving cities in the world and encompasses a lot of legends. It was the hub of Saiva worship and has patronized Saiva philosophy. Several great sages of India like Adi Shankaracharya, Ramakrishna Paramhansa, Swami Vivekananda, and several other important saints have visited this shrine.
Kashi was mentioned in both Ramayana and Mahabharatha. The capital of Kashi was Kasipura. Queen Sumitra, the mother of Kings Lakshmana and Shatrughna, was from the city. Kashi was once ruled by a demon called Kshemaka, who was defeated by King Divodasa of Panchala province. He was a sibling of Queen Sumitra and the brother-in-law of King Dasharatha. The kings Haryasva and Sudeva were the successors of king Divodasa. Hindus believe that visiting the Kashi Vishwananth temple and bathing in the Ganga can bestow moksha or salvation. It is said that if one has a natural death in this temple, Lord Shiva himself will utter the mantra of salvation in the dying person's ears.
During the course of history, this shrine was attacked and vandalized, as it bore the brunt of Islamic Invasions. This current structure was built by Queen Ahalyabai Holkar of Indore in the 18th century. The temple complex consists of small shrines, and it is like a quadrangle. The main deity is Lord Shiva in the shape of a Lingam, 60 cm tall, and 90 cm in circumference, placed on a silver pedestal, inside the sanctum sanctorum. The dome or the roof of the shrine is plated with gold and has a flag and a trident. There are smaller shrines for Kaalbhairav, Lord Sani, and Lord Vishnu. The well or the water body of this shrine is called “Gyanavapi”. There is a statue of Nandi, which is seven feet, gifted by the king of Nepal. King Ranjit Singh of Lahore, in the year 1839, covered the temple tower top with sheets of gold. Thus the temple is widely referred to as the golden temple of Varanasi.
The holy city of Varanasi witnesses a lot of festivals. Maha Shiva Ratri is celebrated for more than six days in the month of Phalgun. Rangbhari is also an important festival, which is celebrated to curb the negativity in life and ensure positivity. This is also celebrated in the month of Phalgun. Annakoot is a widely celebrated festival to commemorate the childhood deeds of Lord Krishna. Other important festivals are Makar Sankranthi, Navaratri, Deepavali, and Akshaya Tritiya.
Lord Shiva is highly benevolent and helps his devotees to have a positive life. He ensures that his devotees have a peaceful life, which is flourishing and fills the soul with a lot of happiness. People come to this temple to gain the grace of Lord Shiva to get rid of their negativeness in life. By the grace of Goddess Annapoorni, life will be blessed with bountiful grains, foods, and wealth.
The nearest international airport is in Varanasi, which is both a national and international airport. It is located 30 kilometers away from the shrine. It is advisable to resort to roadways and reach the temple from the airport.
The nearest railway station is in Varanasi, which is very close to the temple premises. People can resort to local transport from the railway station to the temple.
The city of Varanasi is well-connected to most of the cities. Local transport is available in plenty. The city offers frequent bus services and connects most of the important cities.
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