The legend temple Shree Kashi Vishwanath
Shree Kashi Vishwanath Temple is a famous Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is located in Vishwanath Gali of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh in India. The temple stands on the western bank of the holy river Ganga and is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas, of Shiva temples. The main deity is known by the names Shri Vishwanath and Vishweshwara IAST: Vishveshvara or Vishveshvur literally meaning Lord of the Universe. Varanasi was called Kashi shining in ancient times, and hence the temple is popularly called Kashi Vishwanath Temple.
The temple is considered a central part of worship in the Shaiva culture by Hindu scriptures. It had been demolished by many Muslim rulers many times, most recently by Aurangzeb, the sixth Mughal emperor who constructed the Gyanvapi Mosque on its site. The current structure was built on an adjacent site by the Maratha ruler, Ahilya Bai Holkar of Indore in the year 1780.
Since 1983, the temple has been managed by the government of Uttar Pradesh
- According to records, the Kashi Vishwanath temple was founded in 1490. Kashi has seen the rule of many kings both famous and not so famous. Did you know that it was also ruled by Buddhists for some time? Undoubtedly, the city has seen its share of slaughter and destruction. The temples were plundered time and again by the Mughals. The original temples were re-built, then destroyed and re-built.
- FYI, Mughal Emperor Akbar gave permission to build the original temple, which was later destroyed by Aurangzeb – the sixth Mughal emperor, who ruled over almost the entire Indian subcontinent for a period of 49 years.
The temple holds immense significance to Hindus as it is revered as one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. There is a popular belief that Lord Shiva actually stayed here for some time.
The Kashi Vishwanath Temple has three domes covered in gold! As per popular belief, any wish is fulfilled if it is made after seeing the golden chakra.
It is said that when news reached of Aurangzeb’s plans to destroy the temple, the idol of Shiva was hidden in a well to protect it from destruction. The well, called the “well of wisdom”, still stands there between the mosque and the temple. Don’t forget to visit it on your next trip here.
The divine shrine is visited by more than 7 million devotees year on year and has been restored and beautified with the Kashi Vishwanath Dham project by Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led’s government. On December 13, PM Modi inaugurated Phase-1 of the project.
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Built at an estimated cost of approximately Rs 900 crore over a sprawling area of 5 lakh square feet, the corridor in Varanasi will connect Kashi Vishwanath Temple with the Ganga river, making it convenient for the pilgrims to reach the temple premises.