Varanasi templesReligious, Spirituality, and devotion come to one’s mind when heard the name of Varanasi. Group of sages sitting along the Ganga ghats, sellers of paan even in the small passage of the city, Varanasi sari, use of offensive languages as a way to show affection towards each other and many more things collectively constitute the ancient city Varanasi of Uttar Pradesh, but the reason which makes the city a way distinct from others is its ancient and antique temples. Counting temples in Varanasi are like counting each drop of water that makes a huge ocean, with an estimation there are around 23,000 Varanasi temples, out of which few of them are very old. Varanasi temples have its own religious importance across the world, which makes it one of the popular tourist spot. Today, I am going to talk about the top 5 popular temples of Varanasi which are the main cause of religious importance of the city. So, let’s begin;

Kashi Vishwanath Temple- The pride and identity of the Varanasi is the Kashi Vishwanath temple, which is also center of famous jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva. If you are visiting the temple for the first time you might find a problem, because you have to pass along the narrow passage to reach the temple. In the narrow passage, there are many shops selling different things at a cheap rate along with the shops you also get an opportunity to explore the traditional foods of Varanasi. The temple has been devasted several times by Mughal rulers, but it has been reconstructed by Ahilya Bai Holkar in the year 1780. The temple witnesses 2000-3000 devotees every day but on occasion like Maha Shivratri, Rangpanchami devotees extend up to 1,00,000. A visit to the city is incomplete if you have not visited temple Kashi Vishwanath temple.

Kaal Bhairav Temple- It is another sacred temple of Varanasi and the deity of the temple is Kaal Bhairav which is aggressive a form of Lord Shiva. The temple is located in Visheshwarganj area of the city and is among one of the most visited Varanasi temples. According to beliefs of locals, it is said that Kaal Bhairav is the Kotwal of Varanasi and it is mandatory to take blessings from God before doing any important work. The best time to visit the Kaal Bhairav temple is before 8:00 A.M. in the morning because at that time there is no rush and you get a lot of time to offer your devotion. Kaal Bhairav temple is situated at distance of 2 kilometers from Kashi Vishwanath temple.

Tulsi Manas Temple- The temple is located in Durgakund area of the city and is it holds a unique position identity among Varanasi temples. It is built from white marble and the primary deity of the temple is Lord Rama. According to some stories, it is believed that Tulsi Das wrote Ramcharitramanas at this place and inside the temple, you can see the beautiful description of two epics Mahabharata and Ramayana in the form of paintings. Surrounding the temple there is a garden full of greenery where you can inhale pollution-free air. In this temple, you will find cleanliness everywhere, which is sometimes quite difficult to find in other Varanasi temples.

Sankat Mochan Temple- This temple is one of the most well-known temples of Varanasi and is located in Saket Nagar area of the city. The primary deity of the temple is Lord Hanuman and it is believed that Lord Hanuman solves all the problems of devotees, and because of that temple is named as Sankat Mochan. A special sweet ‘Besan Ke Laddu’ is offered to Lord Hanuman, and its taste is unique which is not possible to find anywhere in India. During your visit to the temple, it is advisable not to carry your personal belongings because monkeys are found in abundance and they might snatch it from your hands. Sankat Mochan temple is situated at distance of 5 kilometers from Kashi Vishwanath Temple.

New Vishwanath Temple- New Vishwanath Temple is situated in Banaras Hindu University campus and was built by Birla family. It is a replica of the original Kashi Vishwanath temple and similarly, the prime deity of the temple is Lord Shiva. New Vishwanath temple is a complex of 7 small temples which includes Lakshmi Narayan temple, Durga temple. The best time to visit the temple is Maha Shivratri, Navratri because at that time several special functions are organized. The temple is surrounded by a beautiful garden where you can click perfect shot. You should include New Vishwanath Temple as a major visit in your itinerary.

That’s all for today, Varanasi is a land of temples it is not possible to explore all the temples, so I have given you a brief idea about the major temples of the city. So, plan your trip to Varanasi and don’t forget to visit the major temples.

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