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About Golden Temple Kashi Vishwanath

Standing on the western bank of the Ganges, the Kashi Vishwanath Temple is one of the most famous temples visited by the Hindus. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, it is also one of the Jyotirlingas. It’s a very old temple and finds its mention even in the Puranas. Time and again, this temple has been destroyed by Muslim rulers and reconstructed several times. Inside the temple complex, one can see many several smaller shrines in Vishwanatha Galli or a small lane. The Shiva Linga at the shrine is 60 cm tall housed in a silver altar. Small temples surround the main shrine. A well called ‘Jnana Vapi’ in the main temple is believed to be the hiding place of the Jyotirlinga, to protect during an invasion. The main deity, Vishvanatha or Vishveshvara means ruler of the universe. Since the temple is located in Kashi (an old name of Banaras) the temple is known as Kashi Vishvanath Temple. Most striking aspects of this temple are its pure gold dome and the 5.5-meter high gold spire. Every day, the temple is visited by about three thousand devotees, which go up to a lakh or more on special festive occasions.

Highlights

  • Best Time to Visit Morning, Evening
  • Facilities Food Stalls, Washrooms
  • Recommended Hours Min. 1 hour
  • Best Visited With Group, Solo, Couple, Family
  • Not Allowed Footwear
  • Allowed Camera, Video

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