IMPORTANT TEMPLES OF VARANASI

 

Temple Map Varanasi

A :- Mrityunjay Mahadeva Temple

B :-  Kalbhairav temple

C :- Main Godowlia Chowk

D :-  Sri Kashi Vishawanath Temple

E :-  Sri Kashi Visalakshi Temple

F :-   Nepali Temple

G :- Sri Gauri Kedareshwar Temple

H :-  Sri Durga Devi Temple

I :-  Sankat Mochan Temple

J :- Tulsi Manas Mandir

Dear Soul Mates,

In my previous post of Varanasi  I showed you the main and foremost deities of Kashi. Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Visalakshi Mata Temple and Kaalbhairav Temple. But Varanasi is city of many more important temples written in scriptures and puranas. There are more than eight hundred temples in Varanasi . And I will show you only some of the important ones whom I visited.

Series of temples are present on the banks of Ganga and whom one can visualise and visit having a boat tour in Ganga river . One can also walk on the banks of river on the ghats of Ganga to take the tour. Of these the important ones and one which I visited are

Nepali Temple

The King of Nepal had built this temple on Lalita ghat on Ganga river at Varanasi in Nepali style. This Nepali temple is also called the Kathwala temple. The temple has some magnificent and articulate woodwork. Tourists from all over the world come just to see this temple which has no comparison with any other temple in India because of its magnificence  The workers and sculptures who carved this temple out were brought from Nepal. The wood which is used in the temple is also found in Nepal.The specialty of this wood is that even termites do not eat this wood. There is a statue of Nandi Bull outside the garbagriha and inside the garbagriha there is a shivalinga called Pashupatinath Mahadeva.

Nepali Temple Varanasi

Beautiful Nepali Temple

Gauri Kedareshwar Temple

There was a devotee named Vashishta who was a great devotee of Lord Shiva. He remained Brahmachari all his life and used to perform each and every linga pooja. He used to go to Kedareshwar temple in Himalayas every poornima of Chaitra month ( March April ). After  the death of his Guru he started residing in Kashi. He still went o Kedareshwar temple in Himalayas till the age of 61. But due to old age he could not move and started praying Lord Shiva at Kashi. Lord Shiva being pleased with him appeared befre him and stayed in Varanasi in the form of Kedareshwar.

Gauri Kedareshwar Temple :- Varanasi

Kedareshwar temple is present on the banks of Ganga on Kedar Ghat and the Shivalinga is replica of Kedarnath Shivalinga  like a hump.

Kedareshwar Shivalinga

Kedareshwar Shivalinga Varanasi :- Milk Abhishekh

Apart from this the important temples on Ganga river ghats are Shitala Devi Temple on Shitla Ghat, Temples on Assi Ghat.

Then after having visited temples on Ganga Ghats and Kashi Vishwanath temple , Visalakshi temple and Kaal bhairav temple we decided to have lunch and rest in the afternoon. There after roaming in Varanasi Nagari in the evening.
Next day we booked an auto for five hundred rupees and visited all the important temples in South Varanasi . They are as follows. Durga Devi , Sankat Mochan Temple , Tulsi Manas Temple and Tridev temple are all nearby.

Sri Durga Devi Mandir

Durga temple is  also known as the The Monkey Temple as one of the important temples of Varanasi. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga. The Durga temple was built in the eighteenth century. A Bengali Maharani built the Durga temple in Nagara Style (the North Indian style of temple architecture). It is stained red with ochre and has a multitiered shikhar (spire). The Durga temple is situated on a rectangular tank, called the Durga Kunda. According to the Puranas, Goddess Durga has kept this place for many centuries and protects the holy city of  Varanasi from the South.

Sri Durga Devi Temple

According to legends the present statue of Goddess Durga was not made by man but appeared on its own as swayambhu  in the temple. In Hinduism Durga  Devi is represented as the embodiment of shakti or female power clad in red riding a tiger and fully armed with Shiva’s Trishul , Vishnu’s Sudarshan chakra  and a sword. Non-Hindus can enter the courtyard of the Durga temple but not the inner sanctum.

Sri Durga Devi temple Varanasi :- Main Shrine

Sankat Mochan Temple

Sankat Mochan temple is one of the important and angelic temples of Varanasi amid in the southern allotment of the city. It is committed to Shri Pawanputra Lord Hanuman. Tulsidas, the columnist of the acclaimed Hindu ballsy Ramacharitamanas, founded the Sankat Mochan temple at the sight where he got the vision of Lord hanuman during his life.  Every Tuesday and Saturday, bags of admirers and devotees  chain up in foreground of the Sankat Mochan temple to action prayers to Lord Hanuman. According to Vedic Astrology, Hanuman protects animal beings from the baleful furnishings of planet Saturn Shani and those who accept ill placed Saturn in their astrological charts go to the Sankat Mochan Temple for remedy. People abode “Sindoor” on the Lord and offer laddoos .  The “Sindoor”, from the bronze of Lord Hanuman is accustomed as alms to the devotees. Bi-Weekly ceremonies are held every Tuesdays and Saturdays when Akant nama sangeerthanam especially “Kishkindha Kanda” and “Sundera Kand” of Ramcharitmans  are recited.

Sankat Mochan Temple, Varanasi

Tulsi Manas Temple

Tulsi Manas temple is one of the most famous temples of Varanasi. The Tulsi Manas temple is located near the famous Durga temple. It was built in white marble in the year 1964. The temple has been made more charming by the magnificient landscaping around it. The Tulsi Manas temple is dedicated to lord Ram. It is believed to be built at the same place where Tulsidas wrote the famous Indian epic, Ramcharitamanas. The walls of the Tulsi Manas temple are engraved with verses and scenes from the Ramcharitammanas, the Awadhi ( Hindi) version of the Ramayana. The temple is open from 5.30 AM to!2.00  noon and 3.30 PM to 9 PM.

Tulsi Manas temple Varanasi



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Tulsi Manas Temple from Inside

Tridev Mandir

This temple is near Tulsi Manas Temple and it is  dedicated to  Salasar
Hanuman, Rani Sati Dadi and Khatu Shyam – all these deities have their own distinct temples
at Salasar, Jhunjhunu and Khatu cities respectively in Rajasthan. This temple is very
beautiful large and spacious. This is worth visiting in nights when all lights are present.

Tridev Mandir Varanasi

Rani Sati Dadi

Salasar Hanuman

Khatu Shyam

Then we went to visit New Kashi Vishwanath Temple in BHU and finally at Ramgarh Fort outside Varanasi after Assi ghat in Opposite direction and  Vyasa Mandir in the fort .

Birla Vishwanath Mandir

The New Vishwanath temple of Varanasi is located in the premises of the Benaras Hindu University (BHU). It is also called the Birla Vishwanath temple as the famous industrialist family of India, the Birla familyconstructed it . The New Vishwanath Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is a exact replica of the original Old Vishwanath temple. The temple is built in white marbles and was planned by Shri Madan Mohan Malviya, the founder of the Benaras Hindu University. The most important characteristic and rule of the new Vishwanath temple is that it is open to people from all castes and religions. The huge campus and garderns of New Vishwanath Temple is a delight to the eyes of tourists .The interior has a Shiva lingam and verses from Hindu scriptures are inscribed on the walls.It is a  must watch.

New Kashi Vishwanath Temple : Birla Vishwanath Temple

Dear Soul Mates,

There are still lot of important temples in Varanasi like Tilbhandeshwar Mahadev, Bharat Mata temple etc. with never ending list. Temples of Saints like Kabir  are also present.But due to shortage of time we didn’t have time to visit all those. Till Then

Jai Bhole.

 

12 Comments

  • Praveen Wadhwa says:

    Another great post and another jewel in the crown.
    A comprehensive guide to Varanasi.

  • D.L.Narayan says:

    Thanks, Vishal, for reviving my memories of Varanasi. Indeed, the list of temples is unending. The picture of the ksheerabhishkam of Kedareshwara is amazing.

  • Naina says:

    Vishal!! you reminded me of my childhood days by showing these temples in pix. I spent my early days of childhood in Varanasi. Usually I used to visit with my parents to Manas Mandir, Sankat Mochan, and Durga Kund Mandir.

    I am not sure if still Hanuman Ji is standing on the gates of Manas Mandir chanting Jai Shree Ram, or Jatayu fighting with Ravana, and other Jhankis inside the temple. Elephant & Crocodile incident next to temple. The lawns used to be grassy and nice & shiny.

    I could make out from your pix of Sankat Mochan, it’s still the same as it used to be. The shop just next to steps are still there, and i used to buy rings, bracelets, phirki, lattoo, tatoos, etc.

    Beautiful post nice written with awsome pix, reminded me of those gone days. Thanks a lot for sharing your experience.

    Happy Travelling!!

  • Surinder Sharma says:

    Vishal ji,
    You describe every temple in Varanasi which will helpful to me when I visit there, like to know boat ride and how much charges for it. Description and photos are so good thanks a lot

    • Surinder jee

      thanks for going through. Sir Boat ride totally depends on your negotiation. When I went there 2 years ago it was Rs. 250 – 300. Now Mukesh Bhalse has gone , He paid around Rs. 450 for the boat ride . It also depends on which type of boat you are going.

  • Nandan Jha says:

    A ready reckoner for the temple bound. Great work Vishal.

  • Nirdesh says:

    Hi Vishal,

    Thanks for all the photos and information.

    Days I used to visit Varanasi, the pollution and dust was killing and I would just take refuge in the hotel and not venture out.

    Next time I will visit the ghats for the first time.

  • Vishal ! you inspired all. I am planning to visit Varanasi in few week’s time and longing to see all these magnificent temples. Last I visited Varanasi was in 1971 but only at the airport for onward flight to Calcutta. I have almost seen many many temples all over India with few exception , Varanasi included.
    And your spiritualistic shift from materialism is “True Journey of Life”. God bless you and then you bless all from your enlightenment. Hari Om.

  • puzha says:

    nice story

  • tbasnet says:

    Very informational.

  • Good one, keep it up.

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