One of the twelve Jyotirlingas’ temple ‘Kashi-Vishwanath’ captivates special attention of the pilgrims due to prevailing ritual of pouring and blowing ashes of our cremated ancestors in the flowing water of Ganges that has made it a significant sanctum of Hindus. Every human being desires to meet eternity after his demise as per inscribed religious conventions mentioned in our holy scripture such as Vedas, Purana and Upanishads. Pilgrimages are the prominent pious place where our eternal god had ever padded his feet on this earth. Vishwanath refers to ‘the ruler of this universe’ which enticing the aesthetic beauty of historical city Kashi. Thus, it is popularly known as Kashi-Vishwanath Jyotirlinga that was built by Hari Chandra in 11th century AD. Although it was rammed numerous times by Mughal emperors like Mohammad Gauri, Qutb-din-aibak and Aurangzeb yet it has been rebuilt by Raja TodarMal in 1585, Ahilyabai Bai Holkar of Malwa dynasty and other noble kings of India later.
Location: Kashi-Vishwanath temple is located in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh where river Ganges flows to wash away the sins those have been ever committed by human beings in their life.
- Hindu theology advocates for visiting this holy shrine along with Rameshwara Dhaam in order to get rid of your sin or curse and for getting Moksha. The River Ganges came down on the earth from paradise for liberalizing people from the curse. That’s why a dip into this river’s water has significant value.
- The famous legend related to this altar conveys that devotees of lord Shiva, who had witnessed this temple, are brought to Mount Kailash instead of Yama by the messengers of god where lord Shiva blows the mantra of salvation into the ears of the persons who are on their death bed.
Description of the temple:
- Kashi-Vishwanath temple has a hierarchy of smaller shrines in Vishwanatha Galli or lane near Ganges River.
- The silver temple has Linga or pillar of light idol that is 60 cm tall and 90 cm in circumference.
- Small altars of the deities such as of KaalBhairav, Dhandapani, Avimukteshwara, Vishnu, Vinayaka, Sanishwara and Virupaksh Gauri.
- Gyan Vapi or small well of wisdom is also present in the temple premises that is anticipated to be hidden in the well at the time of foreign invasion by the main priest of the temple who dived into the well with Shivlinga in his hold.