Tuesday, January 31, 2023


Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple is one of the most famous Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva.

It’s situated in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India. The Temple stands on the western bank of the holy watercourse Ganga, and is one in every of the twelve Jyotirlingas, the holiest of Shiva Temples

Varanasi is the oldest surviving city of the world and the cultural capital of India.

 Within the heart of this city  there stands  the ancient Kashi Vishwanath Temple  which is also an enshrined Jyotirlinga of Shiva aka Vishwanath here .

Here millions across India come to seek benediction and spiritual peace by the darshan of Mahadev which confers liberation from the bondages of Moh and Maya and the inexorable sufferings of the world.


A simple glimpse of the Jyotirlinga is a soul-cleansing experience that transforms life and puts it on the path of knowledge and bhakti.

Vishweshwara Jyotirlinga contains a very special and distinctive significance within the religious history of India. Tradition has it that the deserves attained by the darshan of different jyotirlinga scattered in various parts of India accrue to devotee by a single visit to Kashi Vishwanath Temple.

Atop the temple is a golden flag with a golden Trident (Trishul) which is considered as an inseparable weapon of Shiva.

The main temple is located on the left bank of the holy river Ganga is surrounded by narrow and small claustrophobic lanes.

The temple also houses a well which is known as Gyanvapi or the wisdom well. It is beleived that drinking the well water helps you attain wisdom. The well still stands between the temple and the mosque. 

Gyanvavpi well has quite an interesting past to it. It is believed when the temple was raided by Aurangzeb’s army the then head priest jumped with the shiv linga inside the well to safeguard it.

Pooja Timings

Mangala Aarti3:00 AM to 4:00 AM
Bhog Aarti11:15 AM to 12:20 PM
Sandhya Aarti7:00 PM to 8:15 PM
Shringar Aarti9:00 PM to 10:15 PM
Shayan Aarti10:30 PM to 11:00 PM

Important Note: From 4 AM to 11 AM and 12:30PM to 7 PM the temple remains open for general Darshan (Free darshan) and for the above mentioned Aarti you have to purchase the passes from the official temple website.

Quick Facts:

  • Address: Lahori Tola, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001
  • District: Varanasi
  • Function: Hindu Temple
  • Deity: Vishwanath (Shiva)
  • Festivals: Maha Shivaratri
  • Things You Can Carry: Garlands, lota(vessel to carry water) , milk , flowers , बिलीपत्र.
  • Things not allowed inside the temple: Cell phones ,camera, match box , camphor, incent sticks, bags or any electronic devices are not allowed inside the temple premises due to security reasons.
  • Locker Facility: You can opt to drop your belongings in lockers which are offered by the shops around the temple and it usually cost 50 INR.


Interesting Facts

  • Kashi was originally derived from the Sanskritic language word ‘Kas’ which suggests ‘to sparkle’. With varied attacks and plunders over the centuries, the city’s resilience is far appreciable!
  • The Kashi Vishwanath Temple has 3 domes coated of gold! The golden chatra on prime is believed to fulfil any would like that’s created once seeing it.
  • The main shiv temple is surrounded by small temples for Kaalbhairav, Dhandapani, Avimukteshwara, Vishnu, Vinayaka, Sanishwara, Virupaksha and Virupaksh Gauri in the complex.
  • Kashi Vishwanath Temple has been destroyed and remodeled time and once more by totally different rulers. the first Vishwanath temple was destroyed by the military of Qutb-ud-din Aibak once he defeated Raja of Kannauj. The temple was re-built, then destroyed and re-built; this method continuing for many centuries.
  • Mughals destroyed the temple time and again . Though the Mughal Emperor Akbar gave permission to create the first temple, his  grandchild Aurangazeb later destroyed the temple and engineered a mosque there. This temple was reconstructed by  Ahilya Bai Holkar, the Queen of Indore.

How To Reach?

By Air

Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport in Babatpur is the nearest airport (25 km from temple) which is well connected with Indian metros cities such as  Delhi and Mumbai.

By Rail

Varanasi has a number of railway stations which connects to whole India. The nearest railway stations are Varanasi city station which lies only 2 kilometres away from the temple and Varanasi junction which is around 6 kilometres away

By Road

One can either opt for private buses or state run public buses to Varanasi . To reach Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple  , one can either take a taxi or an auto from there.

Where To Stay

GANGA DARSHAN is a guest house maintained by the Temple Trust.It is the leading urban guest house in the historic center of Varanasi. You can easily get a clean & hygienic room at just 1700 INR .

Ghats of Varanasi

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Ongoing Re-development Plan

 The 50-feet-wide Kashi Vishwanath Corridor will connect the ancient shrine and one of the 12 Jyotirlinga temple to the famous ghats of Varanasi. The main temple, Kashi Vishwanath temple, which is located on the left bank of the holy river Ganga is surrounded by narrow and small, claustrophobic lanes. The prime place of worship in the city, and perhaps the country, struggles to manage humongous crowds in its congested lanes during festive times, which is literally round the year. Roughly 3,000 – 5,000 people visit the temple every day and on special occasions like Mahashivratri and Shravan month it reaches over 1 to 3 lakh.


Note: We don’t make any guarantees if the above-stated facts are not correct. If you think any information provided by us is wrong then contact us.


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