Kashi Vishwanath Temple | Timings & Special Aarti

Kashi Vishwanatha is one of the oldest temples of the God Shiva and is one of the twelve jyotirlingas. The temple has located on the river Ganga’s western bank in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. Kashi is one of the oldest cities that holds historical importance. It has also believed that the first Jyotirlinga manifested itself in the holy land. The Kashi Vishwanath temple is known as the Shri Vishweshwar and Golden Temple. The Temple Timings are 4:00 am – 11:00 am and 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm.

The famous Kashi Vishwanatha temple had built in 1490. It has destroyed by Qutb-ud-din Aibak in 1194 CE and rebuilt during the reign of Iltutmish. It has again destroyed in the time of Sikandar Lodhi and Aurangzeb. Rani Ahilya Bai of Indore 1780 built the current structure of the temple. According to a popular myth, Lord Shiva appeared in the dreams of Rani Ahilya Bai, and she later built the temple.

History of Kashi Vishwanath Temple:

Kashi Vishwanath Temple

The legend says that, as per the Shiv Purana, once there was an argument between Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu on supremacy. To test both of them, Lord Shiva pierced the three worlds as a big endless pillar of light, “Jyotirlinga”, and asked them to find its bottom. Lord Brahma lied about his victory, and Lord Vishnu accepted his defeat.

After learning about the lie, infuriated Lord Shiva took the form of Bhairava, cut off Lord Brahma’s 5t head and cursed him that he would never worship him while Lord Vishnu would worship him till eternity. Many Hindus believe that the Kashi Vishwanath temple is where one can achieve salvation. The temple is an example of outstanding architecture and design.

Kashi Vishwanath Temple Timings:

The Temple Timings are 4:00 am – 11:00 am and 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm.

Monday4:00 am – 11:00 am &12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Tuesday4:00 am – 11:00 am &12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Wednesday4:00 am – 11:00 am &12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Thursday4:00 am – 11:00 am &12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Friday4:00 am – 11:00 am &12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Saturday4:00 am – 11:00 am &12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Sunday4:00 am – 11:00 am &12:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Kashi Vishwanath Temple Entry Fee:

There is no Entry fee for Indians and foreigners.

Kashi Vishwanath Temple Special Aarti Timings: 

Temple special Aarti Timings are here

Special AartiTimings
Mangala Aarti03:00 am – 04:00 am 
Bhoga Aarti 11:15 am – 12:20 am
Sandhya Aarti 07:00 pm – 08:15 pm
Shringara Aarti09:00 pm – 10:15 pm
Shayana Aarti10:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Kashi Vishwanath Temple Special Sevas and Ticket Cost:

Temple Special Sevas and Ticket Costs are here

Special SevasTicket Cost
Mangla Aarti Rs.500
Mid-Day Bhog Aarti Rs.300
Sapt Rishi Aarti Rs.300
Shringaar / Bhog AartiRs.300
Rudrabhishek (1 Shastri) Rs.450
Rudrabhishek (5 Shastri)Rs.1380
Rudrabhishek (11 Shastri) Rs.2600
Laghu Rudra (11 Shastri) Rs.5500
Maha Rudrabhishek (11 Shastri 11 Days) Rs.57100
Twenty Years Rudrabhishek Rs.25000
Sugam DarshanRs.300
Sanyasi Bhojan Dainik Rs.3000
Sanyasi Bhojan (Monday) Rs.4500
Dainik Ratri Kalin Shringar (9 pm) Rs.5000
Shravan Somvar Sanyasi BhojanRs.7500
Every Purnima ShringaarRs.3700
Shraavan Somvar Shringaar Rs.15000
Akhand DeepRs.700
Laksha BilarvachanRs.8660
Satyanarayan Katha Rs.500

Dress Code for Visiting Kashi Vishwanath Temple: 

Devotees visiting the famous Kashi Vishwanath Temple from now on must wear Dhoti-Kurti (for men) and Saree (for women). According to the recent decision taken by the Kashi Vishwad Parishad, devotees performing sparsh darshan must follow this dress code strictly. However, devotees dressed in western wear can worship the deity outside the shrine.

Festivals Celebrated at Kashi Vishwanath Temple: 

Makar Sankranti:

Makar Sankranti is one of the favourable primary days for the Hindus and is celebrated nearly all over the country in myriad cultural forms with great devotion, fervour & gaiety. Gujarati looks reverentially up to the sun on Makar Sankranti and offers thousands of colourful oblations in the form of pretty kites flying all around the skyline.

Maha Shivratri:

Shivaratri is celebrated every year on the 6th night of the Shukla paksh of Phalgun. On a favourable day, worshippers observe fast and keep vigil all night. Mahashivaratri marks the night when God Shiva performed the ‘Tandava’. It had also believed that Lord Shiva was married to Parvati Ma on this day.

Month Of Savan:

Shrawan Maah is an auspicious month for the Lord Shiva devotees. The unique decoration has done every Monday of the month as it has considered the day dedicated to Lord Shiva and his excellence. On the first Monday of the Shrawan month, Lord Shiva has decorated to its full glory. 

Dev Deepawali:

The Dev Deepavali is an auspicious festival celebrated on the Kartik Poornima with grand festivities in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India. It falls on the whole moon day in the Hindu month of Kartik, usually fifteen days after Diwali.


Annakoot has celebrated an episode in Sri Krishna’s childhood in which Lord Krishna protected the cowherd. After the Lord had it complete, the Bhog is available for the citizens who take turns approaching the Mountain of Food and taking Prasad from it. It is a sumptuous feast enjoyed thoroughly by the Lord and the devotees yearly.

Rangbhari Ekadashi:

Once, in the month of Phalguna, the holy fast of Amalakii Ekadasii arrives, conjoined with Devadasi. This particular fast bestows the excellent benefit of high value & regard. Amalakii is the offspring of Lord Brahma, who has the power to smash all kinds of sinful reactions. 

Akshya Tritiya:

Akshya Tritiya has considered one of the four most favourable days of the Vedic Calendar. It is the 3rd day of the new moon of Vaishakh month. The day has celebrated with grand festivities in Kashi temple, where people of all ages and genders come to offer their prayers and offering. 

Tips for visiting Kashi Vishwanath Temple: 

  • Deposit your camera, mobile and all electronic items at the counter.
  • There are two security checks before you enter.
  • The entry and exit gates are separate. Ask the officials for help.
  • Some of the Aartis can have booked online, and please carry a printout.
  • It is always crowded, so be patient.
  • Go with the guide to fully understand the place’s architecture and the area’s historical importance.
  • The approach lanes are clogged, dirty, narrow and full of hawkers trying to sell you their wares.

Tourist Places nearby Kashi Vishwanath Temple:

Dashashwamedh Ghat:

Dashashwamedh Ghat is a main ghat in Varanasi on the Ganga River in Uttar Pradesh. It has located close to Vishwanath Temple. Peshwa Balaji Baji Rao built the present ghat in 1748. A few decades later, Ahilyabahi Holkar, the Queen of Indore, rebuilt the ghat in 1774. 

Shree Kaal Bhairav Temple:

Kaal Bhairav Mandir is one of the oldest Shiva temples in Varanasi, India. Situated in Bharonath, Vishweshwarganj, this temple has great cultural and historical importance in Hinduism, especially amongst the locals. 

Assi Ghat:

Assi Ghat is the southmost ghat in Varanasi. To most tourists to Varanasi, it is known for being a place where long-term international students, researchers, and tourists live. By hosting Subah-e-Banaras in the morning, assi ghat provides a spectacular notion of the river Ganga.

Ramnagar Fort:

The Ramnagar Fort has located in Ramnagar, Varanasi, India. It has located near the Ganges on its eastern bank, opposite the Tulsi Ghat. Kashi Naresh Maharaja Balwant Singh built the sandstone structure in the Rajputana style in 1750. 

Alamgir Masjid:

The Alamgir Mosque, Varanasi, Aurangzeb’s Mosque, is in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. This mosque has built by destroying an ancient hindu temple called “Bindu Madhav”, dedicated to the Hindu deity Vishnu.

Sant Ravidas Smarak Park:

Sant Ravidas Ghat is the largest and southmost ghat in Varanasi. To most visitors to Varanasi, it is an important religious place for Ravidasis, with 25 acres of the park known as Sant Ravidas Smarak Park.

Ganga Mahal:

Ganga Mahal Ghat is one of the major ghats on the Ganges River in Varanasi. Built-in 1830 CE by the Narayan dynasty, the ghat is north of Assi Ghat and has initially created as an extension of Assi Ghat.

Hotels nearby Kashi Vishwanath Temple: 

  • Shiva Inn
  • Maa Durga Inn
  • Ganpati Guest House
  • Hotel Heritage Inn
  • Hotel River Rhythm Assi Ghat 
  • Poshtel VNS
  • Hotel Aakash Ganga
  • Hotel Rahil Palace
  • Hotel DP

Kashi Vishwanath Temple Address & Contact Numbers:

  • Lahori Tola, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, 221001, India.
  • Contact Numbers: 0542 239 2629, 0542- 2392629.
  • Kashi Vishwanath Temple: Official Website

How to reach Kashi Vishwanath Temple:

By Road:

The nearest bus stand is the Varanasi bus stand.

By Rail:

Varanasi Railway Station is the nearest railway station.

By Air:

The closest airport to the temple is the Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport in Babatpur.


What is not allowed in Kashi Vishwanath temple?

Visitors cannot carry cell phones, cameras, belts with metal buckles, shoes, cigarettes and lighters into the temple premises.

Can we touch the lingam in Kashi Vishwanath temple?

Indeed, Yes, but only immediately after the Mangla aarti at 3 am and the evening aarti between 6 to 7 pm, and visitors have to buy tickets for the aartis immediately after that. All ticket holders can touch as well as garland.

Is it compulsory to wear a saree on Kashi Vishwanath?

The devotees visiting the famous Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi must now be clad in ‘kurta-dhoti’ or ‘saree’ if they wish to touch the ‘shiva linga’ inside the temple’s ‘garbha-griha.’

Which stone has used in the Kashi Vishwanath temple?

The installation of artistically carved sandstone pieces in parts of the Kashi Vishwanath Dham has begun, and structures embellished with exquisite, intricate carvings are giving a magnificent look, giving a glimpse of how majestic it would look upon completion.

Why is Kashi Vishwanath Temple so famous?

Kashi Vishwanath Temple is famous because of the Shiva Jyotirlinga present there. It is one of the twelve most famous jyotirlingas in the country.

What is the story behind Kashi Vishwanath?

Kashi is one of the oldest cities in the world. Mentioned Its name was in the Rig Veda, where it’s called a moksha nagri, for it has believed that whoever dies in Kashi attains immediate salvation. Therefore, Hindu believers in their old age prefer surrendering their life to God at Kashi.

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