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Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple
Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple is one of the most famous temples in India. It is located in on the western bank of the Holy river Ganga at Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. The deity of this temple is Lord Shiva in the name of Vishweshvara or Vishwanath in the Lingam form. The temple is in one of the holy 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. Though the temple is in Varanasi it is being called as Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple because the other name for Varanasi is Kashi. Do you want to know the details of the History of Kashi Vishwanath temple then refer the following details.
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The Legend behind the Temple:
According to the Legend, the mother in law of Goddess Parvathi felt ashamed for no permanent place for his son-in-law Lord Shiva. So, Lord Shiva himself searched a place for his royal residence and reached Kashi. During his search, he asked Nikumbha to spot a place for their residency. On the request of Nikhumba, a Divodas named brahmin constructed a temple for Lord Shiva. On this Lord Shiva got impressed and offered blessings for all devotees. But Divodas was not blessed with a son. So, Divodas got anger and cruised this place to be an empty place with devotees. To regret this, Lord Shiva again took residence here permanently and blessed Divodas.
Along with Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvathi also offer food for their devotees and so-called as Annapurna Devi in this place. As we can find the temple of Goddess Parvathi is very near to the Viswanath temple in Kashi. It is considered as one of the shakti peetas in India.
History of Kashi Vishwanath Temple:
When it comes to the History of Kashi Vishwanath temple, the temple was first destroyed by Qutb-ud-din Aibak’s army in 1194 CE. And got rebuilt by a merchant from Gujarat. Again, the Kashi Vishwanath Temple got damaged and rebuilt several times. Finally, the present temple was built in 1780 by Late Maharani Ahilya Bai Holkar from Indore. In the year 1983, the Uttar Pradesh Government undertaken the temple till now.
Along with the main temple, there are other small temples located very near to it. Some of them are the temple of Kalabairaya, Vishnu, Shanishwara, Virupaksha…etc. There is also a Gyaan vapi a holy well in this temple which means the wisdom well. It is believing that during the invasions a priest along with lingam jumps into the temple in order to protest the Lingam. This temple has the structure with 3 parts, consisting of one spire where the main idol present and another two are a gold plated dome and a spire again.
Every Hindu wish to visit this temple at least once in their lifetime. It is believing that a devotee who took bath from the holy river and visited this temple will be free from all the sins and can attain moksha after death.