Kashi Vishwanath Temple Varanasi

Kashi Vishwanath Temple Varanasi

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Kashi Vishwanath Templeis one of the most popular temple of the Lord Shiva. Standing on the western Banks of the Holy River Ganges.This serene temple is one of the Twelve Jyotirlingas and is located amidst the crowdedlanes in the holy city of Varanasi.It is believed that Varanasi is the place where the first Jyotirlinga manifested itself. This was that fiery pillar of light which broke and flared right right to the heaven.It was through this light that Lord Shiva proclimed his supremacyover all the other Gods. Thus,the Kashi Vishwanath Temple also known as Shri Vishveshwar Temple is said to be dear to Lord Shiva.Many hidus belived that this is the temple where one can achieve salvation.It is here that Lord Shiva gives the Tarak Mantra to the ones whoare about to die. Pray to the Kashi Vishwanath and all your desireare sure to fullfilled.

The lane that reaches up to Kashi Vishwanath Templeis called Vishwanath lane. Visit the temple and you are sure to be enthralled for this templeis indeed an architectural masterpiece. The magnificient edifice has gold platingon its 15.5 meter spire (also called the gold chatra) which gives it another popular name which is Gyan vapi temple or the wisdom well. The sanctom of the temple holds the linga that is set in the center of the floor in a square of the silver alter.

The Kashi Vishwanath Temple has been rebuilt several times. It is believed that the original temple was built in 1490. This vintage temple was destroyed during the Mughal invasion and king Aurangzeb build a mosque in place of Kashi Vishwanath Temple. Till today Kashi Vishwanath Temple and Gyanwapi Temple stand adjacent to one another. It is said that Aurangzeb decided to destroy the temple, the idol of lord Shiva was hidden in the Gyanvapi inorder to protect it to get destroyed.The well still stand between the temple and the Mosque. The latest structure that is standing tall today stands dates back to the 18th century. It is said that Lord Shiva came in the dream of Rani Ahalya Bai Holker of Indore and she built the temple in the year 1777. 

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