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Wonders of India: Kashi Vishwanath temple 2022| know about it's importance and history in hindu mythology before visiting this beautiful epitome

My Jyotish Expert Updated 28 Feb 2022 03:52 PM IST
Kashi Vishwanath temple 2022
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Kashi Vishwanath Temple

Location- Vishwanath Gali ,Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh India.
Deity- Vishveshwar or Vishwanath (Lord Shiva)
Timing for Darshan-  4.00 AM to 11.00 AM

Timing for Aarti-
Bhog Aarti- 11.15 am to 12.20 pm
Sandhya Aarti- 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm
Shayana Aarti- 10:30 pm to 11:00 pm

Nearest airport- Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport
Nearest railway station- Varanasi city station

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Kashi Vishwanath Temple is a popular temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is located inVishwanath Gali, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India. The temple is located on the west bank of the sacred Ganges and is one of the 12 most sacred Shiva temples, Jyotirlinga. The main gods, known by the names Shri Vishwanath and Vishweshwara, literally mean the Lord of the Universe. Varanasi was called Kashi in ancient times, so this temple is commonly referred to as the Kashi Vishwanath Temple. The  Temple is considered by Hindu scriptures to be a central part of worship in Shaivist philosophy. It was destroyed many times by many Islamic rulers, and more recently by Aurangzeb, the sixth  emperor of Mughal, who built the Gambapi Mosque in its place. The current structure was built in 1780 by Indore's Marasa ruler Achillia by Holker in an adjacent location.
 

Legend

According to Shiva Prana, Brahma and Vishnu , once argued over who was the best. To test them, Shiva pierced the three worlds as Jyotirlinga, a vast and endless pillar of light. To determine who was more powerful, Vishnu took the shape of a boar and looked for the bottom. Brahma, on the other hand, took the form of a swan and flew to the top of the pillar. Brahma  lied from his arrogance, found the ending, and offered the Katsuki flower as a witness. Vishnu humbly confessed that he could not find a reason. Shiva then took the form of a furious Bhairava, cutting off Brahma's fifth lying head and cursing Brahma so that he would not be worshiped. Vishnu will be forever respected as equivalent to Shiva because of his honesty towards his own temple. Jyotirlinga is a symbol of the ancient Axis mundi, representing the highest formless (Nirguna) reality at the heart of creation, from which the shape of Shiva (Sagna) emerges. Therefore, Jyotirlinga Shrine is the place where Lord Shiva appeared as a burning pillar of light. Not to be confused with Jyotirlinga, Shiva comes in 64 forms. Each of the 12 archaeological sites of Jyotirlinga is named after the Lord God, and each is considered a different symptom of Shiva. In all of these places, the main image is the lingam, which represents the pillars of the beginning and endless Stambha that symbolize the infinite nature of Shiva.
  Manikarnika Ghat on the banks of the Ganges near the Temple of Kasivishwanat is considered a Shaktist place of worship. The Shaivist literature, Daksha Yaga,  is regarded as an important literary story about the origin of Shakti Pisas.

The temple: Kashi Vishwanath

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The temple complex consists of several small shrines in a small alley called Vishwanatha Galli near the river. The main deity of the shrine, Linga, is 60 cm high and 90 cm in circumference, standing on a silver altar. The main hall is square and  surrounded by  shrines of other gods. Within the complex are the small temples of Kartikeya, Kartikeya, Abimukteswara, Vishnu, Ganesha, Shani, Shiva and Parvati. Templehas a small well called Jnana Vapi. This is also known as GannVapi (Fountain of Wisdom). The well of Junyanavapi is  north of the main hall, and during the invasion of the Mughal Empire, Jyotirlinga was hidden in the well to protect it during the invasion of. The temple priest is said to have jumped into the well with a lingamto protect the Jyotirlinga from intruders. Inside theis a sub-hagriha or meetinghouse that leads to Garbhagriha or Sanctum Sanctorum. The vunerable Jyotirlinga is a dark brownstone fixed in the sanctuary of silver platform shoes. The structure of the Mandir consists of three parts. The first endangers the temple tower. The second is the golden dome and the third is the golden spire with the flag and Trident in the Holy of Holies. Kashi Vishwanath Temple is visited by about 3,000 visitors daily. In some cases, the number can exceed 1,000,000. Notable features of the temple are the  golden spire and golden dome, which are 15.5 meters high. There are three domes, each made of pure gold donated by Maharaja Ranjit Singh in 1835. The Shri Kashi Vishwanath Dam Corridor was built in Ganges  between the Kashi Vishwanath Temple and Manikarnika Ghat and offers a variety of facilities for pilgrims.

Events

Phalgun Shukla Ekadashi is celebrated with Rangabhari Ekadashi, i.e. color. Tradition says that  before Holi, Baba Vishwanath returned to Kashi after adopting cattle in the form of Bhagwati's mother. The temple complex reverberates with the echoes of dozens of walls. This tradition has been going on for over 200 years. Tilak is performed at Basant Panchami in Baba and the wedding of Shivaratri  and Rangbhari Ekadashi marks the departure of Shiva and Parvati. This tradition has been practiced by the former Mahant temple family  for over a century. This ceremony of
 Baba's wedding ceremony takes place in the residence of Kulpathi Tiwari, a former mahant of Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Redzon. The 7 rituals of Saptarishi Aarti were performed by Baba Vishwanath. According to  Puranas, it is customary for devotees of aarti saptarishi to hold wedding ceremonies because Kashi is loved by saptarishi priests. Under the guidance of Pradhan Archak Pandit Shasibhushan Tripathi (Guddu Maharaj), the Seven Archaks were married according to Vedic rituals. Mangala Aarti  at 3:30, Bhog Aarti at 12:00, Saptarishi Aarti at 19:30 and Shringar Aarti at 23:00.
 
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