Varanasi Temples

Kashi Vishwanath Temple

The holy lingam at the Kashi Vishwanath Temple. Includes the decorated lingam photo of the Kashi Vishwanath Temple.

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Golden Annapurna Devi Mandir

Annapurna Devi Mandir is located near the Kashi Vishwanath temple. Mata Parvati is worshiped as an Annapurna Devi, which means the Goddess of Food.

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Maa Dhumavati Temple

Dhumavati (Sanskrit: धूमावती, Dhūmāvatī, literally "the smoky one") is one of the Mahavidyas, a group of ten Tantric goddesses. Dhumavati represents the fearsome aspect of Devi, the Hindu Divine Mother.

The goddess is often depicted on a horseless chariot or riding a crow, usually in a cremation ground.

Dhumavati is described as a giver of siddhis (supernatural powers), a rescuer from all troubles, and a granter of all desires and rewards, including ultimate knowledge and moksha (salvation). Her worship is also prescribed for those who wish to defeat their foes. Dhumavati's worship is considered ideal for unpaired members of society, such as bachelors, widows, and world renouncers as well as Tantrikas. In her Varanasi temple, however, she transcends her inauspiciousness and acquires the status of a local protective deity. There, even married couples worship her. Although she has very few dedicated temples, her worship by Tantric rituals continues in private in secluded places like cremation grounds and forests.

This photo is not available publically.

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Kalbhairav Temple

Lord Shiva has instantly created the new being (known as the king of Kaal means Kaal Bhairav). Lord Shiva said that Kaal Bhairav will forever be in Kashi in order to remove sins of the disciples, that’s why Kaal Bhairav is also known as Paap Bhakshak.

The temple is dedicated to one of the fiercest forms of Lord Shiva and wears a garland of skulls and carries a club of peacock feathers. The word "Kaal" means both "death" and "fate". It is believed that even death is afraid of "Kaal Bhairava".

The vahana (vehicle) of Lord Bhairav is the dog. Housed in the inner sanctum of the temple is a silver faced idol of Kal Bhairav who is seated on a dog and is holding a trident. Only the face decorated (with garlands) of the idol is visible to the visitors through the doorway. Rest of the idol is covered with a piece of cloth. On the rear door of the temple, there is a statue of Kshetrapal Bhairav.

The holy day of Lord Kalbhairav is Sunday.

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Sankat Mochan Temple

Sankat Mochan Temple is dedicated to the Lord Hanuman. This temple is also called as the Monkey temple because of the presence of lot of monkeys inside the premises. It is one of the holy temples of the Lord Hanuman and the main location for Hindus for their many religious as well as cultural festivals.

The meaning of the Sankat Mochan is relief from all the problems (Sankat means problem and Mochan means relief giver).

Millions of devotees from all across the world have common belief that if they offer pooja at this holy temple (Sankat Mochan Temple), they will get their desire fulfilled as well as relief from all kind of Sankat means problems. They will find the way of progress, success and prosperity in their daily life. Two days of the week (Tuesday and Saturday) is considered as the best day to offer pooja to the Lord Hanuman.

Lord Hanuman is a very powerful incarnation of Lord Siva.

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Please read the section ON HOLY PLACES OF SIVA (To read about Varanasi ) In  the book Sayings Of Lord Siva (which is free on this site).