Temples of Varanasi for a Sacred Pilgrimage

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Temples in Varanasi

World's oldest living city, Varanasi - also known as Kashi (City of Life) and Benaras, is the spiritual capital of India. It is one of Hinduism's seven holy cities. The old city of Varanasi lies along the western banks of the Ganges, spread across a labyrinth of narrow fails. Temples at almost every turn engulf Varanasi, while the Kashi Vishwanath Temple is the most visited and the oldest of the lot.

Here is the list of 11 Temples of Varanasi for a Sacred Pilgrimage

1. Nepali Temple

Nepali Temple

One of the oldest temples in the city, Nepali Temple is a 19th century shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva. It was established by the King of Nepal and is a spitting image of the Pashupatinath Temple located in Kathmandu. The traditional architecture of the structure made of stone, terracotta and wood carvings attracts visitors in large numbers.

2. Batuk Bhairav Mandir

Batuk Bhairav Mandir

Famous for being a place of worship for Aghoris and Tantriks, Batuk Bhairav Mandir is considered to be of immense religious importance. The temple is dedicated to Batuk Bhairav who was an incarnation of Lord Shiva. An interesting feature of the temple is the sacred Akhand Deep which is believed to be burning for ages. The oil from this lamp is said to have healing powers.

3. Kashi Vishwanath Temple

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Situated on the western bank of holy river Ganga in Varanasi, Kashi Vishwanath Temple is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas or temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. The main deity of Kashi Vishwanath Temple is Lord Shiva, also known as Vishwanatha or Vishweshwarar meaning 'the ruler of the universe'. The city of Varanasi, the cultural capital of India, is thus known as the city of Lord Shiva. The temple has 800 kg of gold plating on its tower.

4. Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple

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The Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple is situated by the River Assi and was built in the 1900s by the freedom fighter Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya. It is dedicated to Lord Rama and Hanuman. Varanasi is always related to Sankat Mochan Temple and is an essential part of this holy city. Every person visiting Varanasi visits this temple and pay their respects to Hanuman. The laddoo offered at this temple is essentially famous among the locals.

5. New Vishwanath Temple, BHU

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The New Vishwanath Temple is every pious man's go-to destination to feel overwhelmed by the presence and power of the great Lord Shiva. Not only is it located in the heart of the cultural capital of India - Varanasi, but its divinity is multiplied by the holy river Ganga that flows by its side. Banaras Hindu University is hence home to one of the biggest tourist attractions in the city of Varanasi, the grand New Vishwanath Temple.

6. Tulsi Manasa Temple

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Constructed in 1964, this temple is dedicated to Lord Rama and is named after the saint poet Tulsi Das. It displays the Shikhara style of architecture and exhibits various inscriptions from the Ram Charit Manas on the walls of the temple. Various episodes of Ramayana have also been depicted on the upper storey of the temple in the form of carvings.

7. Ratneshwar Mahadev Temple

Ratneshwar Mahadev Temple

The ancient temple of Ratneshwar Mahadev is located on the Manikarnika Ghat in the holy city of Varanasi. The Ratneshwar Mahadev temple is said to be the most photographed temple in the city and is home to the widely worshipped Lord Shiva. For most of the year, the main part of the temple also known as the Garbhagriha is covered in the holy water of the river Ganga. The Ratneshwar temple is one of the only temples leaning slightly, around 9 degrees. Legend suggests that a man had built this temple to return a debt to his mother. Unfortunately, the mother cursed his gift, which is why it stands at an angle. Often, the priests have to dive into the water to offer their prayers to the deity as the entrance of the temple is usually blocked with river water.

8. Tridev Temple

Tridev Temple

Owing to its name, the Tridev temple or Three-God Temple is famous for having Sarasar Hanuman Bhagwan, Dadi Rani Sati Devi and Khatu Ji Maharaj as the prime deities of the temple. The temple is lit-up during the evenings and has proven to be a spectacular sight for the tourists and devotees. The architecture is well defined, with carvings on floors, ceiling and walls; most of the temple being made from marble. Known for bringing a spiritual, calm relaxation amongst the devotees, the temple is very popular among the locals and has gained massive popularity over the years.

9. Durga Temple

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Located near the Durga Ghat on the bank of the River Ganga, Durga Temple was built in the 18th century. It houses an imposing idol of Goddess Durga and is one of the main temples in Varanasi.

10. Tridev Temple

Tridev Temple

Owing to its name, the Tridev temple is famous for having Sarasar Hanuman Bhagwan, Dadi Rani Sati Devi and Khatu Ji Maharaj as the prime deities of the temple. The lit-up time during the evenings has proven to be a spectacular sight for the tourists and devotees. The architecture has been well defined with carvings on floors, ceiling and walls with most of the temple being made from marble. Known for bringing a spiritual, calm relaxation amongst the devotees, the temple is very popular among the locals and has gained massive popularity over the years. 

11. Ratneshwar Mahadev Temple

Ratneshwar Mahadev Temple

The ancient temple of Ratneshwar Mahadev is located on the Manikarnika Ghat in the holy city of Varanasi. The Ratneshwar Mahadev temple is said to be the most photographed temple in the city and is home to the widely worshipped Lord Shiva. For most of the year, the main part of the temple also known as the Garbhagriha is covered in the holy water of the river Ganga. The Ratneshwar temple is one of the only temples with a lean of 9 degrees. Legend believes that a man had proudly built this temple to return a debt to his mother, but unfortunately, the mother cursed it which is why it stands at an angle of 9 degrees. Often the priests have to dive into the water and offer their prayers to the deity as the entrance of the temple is usually blocked with the river water. 

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