New Vishwanath Temple, BHU

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Timings : 4:00 AM - 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Time Required : 1-2 hrs

Entry Fee : No entry fee

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Birla Temple

New Vishwanath Temple, Varanasi Overview

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. Visiting this temple gives the worshipper the space to put himself in the hands of God, at his disposition, and listen to the voice in his heart. 

The peace and calm of the temple help you forget the distractions of daily life. The positive aura in the air compels one to surrender himself in the gentle caress of the Almighty. The very famous Jyotirlinga of Shiva, Vishweshwara, is believed to have immense and unending power. A single glance of this Jyotirlinga has the ability to cleanse our soul and set us on the true path of knowledge and devotion.

Although primarily a Lord Shiva temple, this beautiful temple consists of nine other temples within one and invites people of every faith to bask in its grandeur; using symbolism to express the ideas and beliefs of Hinduism. The New Vishwanath Temple incorporates every element of the Hindu cosmos- the good, the evil and the human; thus implying the major role that Dharma, Kama, Artha, Moksa and Karma play in our life.

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History of New Vishwanath Temple

Shri Kashi Vishwanath Mandir was repeatedly destroyed (and subsequently reconstructed) by several, then reigning Mughal emperors. Hence, Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya decided to replicate this Mandir in the campus of Banaras Hindu University. The Birla family graciously undertook the mammoth task of replicating the enormous temple and laid down the foundation in 1931. It took 35 long but fruitful years to finally declare its completion in 1966.

Architecture of New Vishwanath Temple

The path leading to the New Vishwanath temple is lined with dense trees creating a picturesque view. The walk to the temple offers uninterrupted views of the marvellous ancient architecture. Each part of the magnificent temple is designed intricately including the balconies, pavilions and spires. Several sculptures of various animals like the bull, crocodile, lion and are dotted in the area of the temple.

The spectacular and beautifully decorated hall greets the devotees as the tall and mighty pillars invite them in. This breathtaking temple is made mostly of lambent marble and stands 77 meters high. Its tower, Shikhara, is the tallest in the whole world and is truly a sight to sore eyes. The entire Holy Bhagavad Gita, as well as other scriptures, are carefully engraved in the marble walls. Illustrations of the Holy Scriptures are inscribed on the walls and leave everyone in awe of the beauty in ancient art.

The idol of Lord Shiva rests on the upper floor and glistens in a marble room. Since the temple is situated amongst lush green gardens and perfectly manicured lawns, the verandah on the upper floor offers a beautiful view of these open spaces.

New Vishwanath Temple Timings

The Vishwanath temple is opened at an early time of 2:30 AM every day for Mangala Aarti and is then opened to ticket holders between 3:00 AM and 4:00 AM and the timing for general Darshan is 4:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

The midday Bhog Aarti commences at 11:30 AM and goes on until 12:30 PM. General devotees are free to avail Darshan between 12:00 PM and 7:00 PM.

Darshan is then closed for Sapta Rishi Aarati which starts at 7:00 PM and ends at 8:30 PM post which Darshan is reopened at 9:00 PM.

The Shringar/Bhog Aarati starts at 9:00 PM sharp, after which Darshan is possible only from outside.

Shayana Aarti starts at 10:30 PM and the temple is then closed at the strike of 11:00 PM.

Tips For Visiting New Vishwanath Temple, BHU

1. The festival of Mahashivratri is actively celebrated in the temple with gleaming lights and diyas that line up the banks of the river Ganga. However, since this is a very popular time for the devotees to offer their prayers to Lord Shiva, the lines to enter the temple are unusually long and may take one several hours to get in.
2. The temple requires you to remove your footwear at the entrance, and the floor can get very cold once you get in. Wearing a pair of socks can make your experience a lot more comfortable.
3. There is a cold coffee shop right outside the entrance of the temple that serves cold coffee with a big dollop of vanilla ice cream for just INR 25. It is very famous in the region and is a must try! The bhel puri stall outside the main entrance is also a treat.
4. Every eatery in and around the BHU campus closes down latest by 11:00 PM. Be sure to grab a bite before that!

How To Reach New Vishwanath Temple, BHU

Located amidst the spacious campus of Banaras Hindu University (BHU), the 77-meter tower is hard to miss. The BHU is approximately 15 km north of the Varanasi City Railway Station and is a 45-minute commute. Buses run very frequently between different parts of the city to the BHU Bus Stop, which is closest to the university. Several motor rickshaws and taxis also go to the Benaras Hindu University.

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