If there’s one must-visit temple for devotees of Lord Shiva, it’s Kashi Vishwanath temple. The temple is considered as one of the most important places of worship in the Shaiva philosophy.
Every year, thousands of pilgrims from all around India visit Varanasi and flock the temple to offer prayers and seek salvation. Planning to travel to Varanasi? Book one of our India tour packages for Varanasi at http://www.tourient.com/holiday-packages/Rustic-Varanasi and enjoy a hassle-free visit. Tourient is one the best hotel booking sites in India.
These interesting facts about Kashi Vishwanath temple will surely compel you to pay a visit:
1) One of the holiest Shiva temples
Kashi Vishwanath temple is one of the Jyotirlinga shrines in India. The temple houses the Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva. Jyotirlinga is a devotional depiction of Lord Shiva. There are only 12 Jyotirlinga shrines in the country.
2) The temple has gold domes
Yes, you read it right. The three towering domes of the temple are made of pure gold, making them one of the biggest highlights of the structure.
3) The temple houses many other small temples
There small temples situated in the complex of the Kashi Vishwanath temple that are dedicated to several prominent deities, including Avimukteshwara, Vishnu, Virupaksh Gauri, Virupaksha, Vinayaka, Sanishwara, Kaalbhairav, and Dhandapani.
4) An architectural inspiration to other temples
Due to the high popularity of Kashi Vishwanath, the temple has inspired the architectural style of many temples in the country.
5) Timings of aartis performed in the temple
In case you want to attend an aarti when visiting the temple, here are the timing details:
. Mangala Aarti – 3AM to 4AM (Morning)
. Bhoga Aarti – 11.15 am to 12.20PM (Day)
. Sandhya Aarti – 7PM to 8.15PM (Evening)
. Shringara Aarti :- 9PM to 10.15PM (Night)
. Shayana Aarti :- 10.30PM to 11.PM (Night)
These aartis are conducted every day and with the utmost security. Make sure not to bring lighter, cigarettes, metal accessories, or a camera when visiting the temple as they aren’t allowed inside.
6) Visited by many spiritual leaders
Some of the leading spiritual leaders in India, including Guru Nanak, Swami Dayananda Saraswati, Goswami Tulsidas, Swami Vivekananda, Adi Sankaracharya, Bamakhyapa, and Ramakrishna Paramhansa have visited the temple.
7) A secret chamber to hide the Jyotirlinga from invaders
The temple houses a small well called the ‘Jnana Vapi’ (pronounced as Gyaan Vapi) which was built to be a chamber to hide the precious Jyotirlinga when the temple was invaded. Legend has it that a priest of the temple jumped down the well along with the Jyotirlinga to protect it from the attackers.
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