Kashi Vishvanath Temple is a one of the most famous and beautiful Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is located in the Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India. The temple stands on the western bank of the holy river Ganga, and it is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas, it is the holiest temple of Shiva. The main deity is the known by the name Vishvanatha or Vishveshvara meaning Ruler of The Universe. Varanasi city is also called as Kashi, and hence the temple is the popularly called as the Kashi Vishvanath Temple.
It is Located on the banks of the holy Ganges, Varanasi is known as among the holiest of the Hindu cities. The Kashi Vishwanath temple is the widely recognized as one of the most important places of worship in the Hindu religion. Inside of the Kashi Vishvanath Temple is the Jyotirlinga of Shiva, it is also known as the Vishveshvara or Vishvanath. In The Vishveshvara Jyotirlinga has a very special and unique significance in the spiritual history of India.
The Many leading saints of the India, including the Adi Sankaracharya, Ramakrishna Paramhansa, Swami Vivekananda, Bamakhyapa, Goswami Tulsidas, Swami Dayananda Saraswati, Sathya Sai Baba and Gurunanak have visited the site. A visit to the temple and take bath in the river Ganges is one of many methods believed to lead one on a path to Moksha (liberation). Thus, the Hindus from all over the world try to visit the place at least once in their lifetime. Then, There is also a tradition that one should give up at least one desire after a pilgrimage the temple, and the pilgrimage would also include a visit to the temple at the Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu in Southern India, where people take water samples of the Ganges to perform prayer at the temple and bring back sand from near that temple. Just Because of the immense popularity and holiness of the Kashi Vishwanath temple, hundreds of temples across India have been built in the same architectural style.
This temple is mentioned in the Puranas including the Kashi Khanda of the Skanda Purana. Hence the original Vishwanath temple was destroyed by the army of Qutb-ud-din Aibak in 1194 CE, when he defeated the Raja of Kannauj as a commander of the Mohammad Ghori. The temple was the rebuilt by a Gujarati merchant during the reign of Delhi’s Sultan Iltutmish (1211-1266 CE). It was the demolished again during the rule of either Hussain Shah Sharqi (1447-1458) or Sikandar Lodhi (1489-1517). The Raja Man Singh built the temple during Mughal emperor Akbar‘s rule, but orthodox Hindus boycotted it as he had let the Mughals marry within his family. Then after Raja Todar Mal further re-built the temple with Akbar’s funding at its original site in the 1585.
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The temple is open on all days.