Temples of Kashi

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I visited Kashi in November 2013 for the Dev Deepavali Festival. It was for 3 days during which tried to visit as many temples as I could. Honestly if you want to truly experience Kashi keep a week. Stayed at Assi Ghat in Anami lodge. Neat and clean. Contact Shri Singh 0542 2314951, 91 9839445036, Rs 800/ a night. Took a rickshaw at 7 am to the temples. U see the Durga Mandir.

Board outside Durga Mandir. Early morning darshan was lovely. Very peaceful.

Tulsi Manas Mandir made in 1964 is close to the Durga Mandir. These two temples n Sankat Mochan are nearby - do at one go.

Slightly ahead is Tridev Mandir i.e. made by those who originate from Rajasthan. They have replicated two very popular places of worship there Salasar and Khatu Shyamji. This pics shows you image of Lord Hanuman (also worshipped in Salasar). To see pictures of temple in Rajasthan Click here

In same temple is image of Khatu Shyamji - a form of Lord Krishna. Earlier link has pics of temple in Rajasthan.

Entrance to Sankat Mochan mandir. It is dedicated to Lord Hanuman. The meaning of Sankat Mochan is relief from all the problems (Sankat means problem and Mochan means relief giver). It was constructed by the educationist and freedom fighter Pt. Madan Mohan Malviya (the founder of the BHU) in the early 1900s. Bit of captions credit to site whose link follows. To know more about the temple Click here

Just next to the entrance are huge number of monkeys. The devotees of the Lord Hanuman offer Prasad (desi ghee ke basan ke ladoo).

I went to Kinaram Ashram also called Aghori Baba Ashram. U see pic of Baba. Quiet place with strong vibrations.

Vishwanath Mandir inside the Banaras Hindu University. It was made in 1964 sponsored by the Birlas. BHU was founded in 1915. It has about 15,000 students, 1700 teachers and 8,000 non teaching staff. It also has a 927 bed hospital. The tower is taller than Qutub Minar. Do visit first floor of temple, made me feel very good. To know more Click here

Entrance to temple at BHU. Image is of Pandit Madan Malaviyaji (1861-1946) who founded BHU. A friend took me around BHU. It is an amazing place, must see, very well laid out, has so many courses including medicine. Do visit Bharat Kala Bhavan, the Art and Archaeological Museum. Must see. To visit BHU site click here

A Swamini friend of mine asked me to take a boat from the first ghat (Assi) to the last ghat (Raj) on Kartik Purnima day and visit Adi Keshava Mandir. U see sunrise at Rajghat.

Entrance to Adi Keshava Mandir. From Rajghat you can walk along the Ganga or walk uphill thru Krishnamurthi Foundation School and reach Mandir. Very peaceful place. Loved it.

Image of Lord Vishnu inside the temple. Temples to visit besides ones listed here are Kashi Vishwanath, Ma Annapurna (both close to each other, have lunch here), Tailanga Swami Math (very good vibrations near Bindu Madhava Mandir Panchganga Ghat), Lahiri Mahasaya''s home near Chausathi Ghat (a Pandit comes in the morning does puja and leaves otherwise locked), Bharat Mata Mandir, Lolarkkund (dedicated to Sun God), Chausati Temple, Kal Bhairav and Maha Mrityunja Mandir, Kabir Chaura Ashram, Ashta Bhairavs.

Tilting temple in water is near the Scindia Ghat. Plan the temple/ashram visit in a way so u cover all temples in one area at a go. Kalbhairav Mandir is known as the most ancient temple of Varanasi located near the VishesharGanj. Do meditate at Tailanga Swami Math. To know more about Temples of Kashi Click here

A view of the Dasashvamedha Ghat from the boat on Kartik Purnima day. To see Veda Vyasa temple in Ramgarh Fort Click here

A view of Kedar Ghat. Top is Kedareshwara Temple made in South India style. This linga of Shiva is svayambhu, self-manifest. Sarnath is 10 kms away. To see pics Click here

Lakshmi Narayan temple at Assi ghat. Have sweets at Shri Ram Bhandar i.e. close to Vishwanath Mandir. Walk thru the galis (lanes) of Kashi - an experience. At Assi ghat is Pizzeria, good for Continental food. To see pics of Kashi Click here

Maha Ganga Aarti in progress on Kartik Purnima. To see pics of Dev Deepavali Festival Click here

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