In this article, we will look into 13 Most Famous Temples in Varanasi which holds religious importance for both Hindu and Jainism Culture. Varanasi is one of the oldest and holiest city in India. It is also known as the religious Hub in India. This city is situated on the banks of holy River Ganga and is home to some of the famous temples in India. More on Varanasi Official website.
Most Famous Temples in Varanasi(India)
1. Kashi Vishwanath Temple
- It is the most popular temple in Varanasi which is also called as Golden temple of the city.
- It was built by Queen Ahilya Bai in 1780.
- This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
2. Kaal Bhairav Mandir
- The temple is dedicated to Lord Kaal Bhairav, who is also known as the Kotwal of Varanasi.
- It is believed that without his permission no one can stay in Kashi.
- Kaal Bhairav means both Death and Fate.
- It is situated in Bharonath, Vishweshwarganj.
3. Durga Kund Temple
- This temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga.
- It was built by Bengali Queen Bhabani of Natore in 18th century.
- It is believed that the idol in the temple is not made by human but appeared on its own.
- The temple is also known as Monkey temple as we can spot number of monkeys in the temple vicinity.
4. Vishalakshi Temple
- This temple is dedicated to Goddess Vishalakshi Maa which means wide eyed devi.
- It is situated at Mir Ghat on the banks of the Ganges at Varanasi.
- This temple is generally regarded as a Shakti Pitha as the Karna Kundala or earring of the Goddess Sati are said to have fallen on this holy spot.
5. Sankat Mochan Temple
- This temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman.
- The word Sankat Mochan refers to reliever from troubles.
- This place is said to be the place where Tulsidas ji wrote Ramcharitmanas.
- It is situated on the banks of the Assi river.
6. Nepali Hindu temple
- This temple was built by the King of Nepal in the 19th century.
- It is situated in the Lalita Ghat.
- Nepali Hindu temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
- It is also known as Kanthwala Mandir, Mini Khajuraho and Shri Samrajeswar Pashupatinath Mahadev Mandir.
- The temple is made of terracotta, stone and wood and is replica of the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu.
7. Bharat Mata Mandir
- This temple is located in the Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth campus.
- It was constructed by Babu Shiv Prasad Gupta in pre-independence India at a time when Mahatma Gandhi was taking charge of national movement for freedom from British colonial rulers.
- Bharat Mata Mandir has a huge map of undivided India carved in marble.
8. Sankata Devi Mandir
- This temple is dedicated to the Goddess Sankata Devi means Goddess of danger.
- It was constructed in 18th century by King of Baroda.
- The temple located near to the Sindhia Ghat, Varanasi.
- There is a huge statue of the Lion inside the premises and also the statues of nine planets are there.
- The idol of the Goddess is silver plated.
9. Annapurna Devi Temple
- This temple was constructed in the 18th century by Maratha Peshwa Bajirao.
- It is situated on the Dashashwamedh Road in Vishwanath Gali, near Kashi Vishwanath temple.
- This temple is dedicated to the Goddess Annapurna (the goddess of food) a form of the Goddess Parvati.
10. Lalita Gauri temple
- This temple is dedicated to the Goddess Lalita Gauri.
- It was constructed in early 19th century by Rana Bahadur Shah.
- It is situated on the Lalita Ghat.
11. Mrityunjay Mahadev Temple
- This temple is situated on the way from Daranagar to Kalbhairav temple.
- This temple is dedicated to the Lord Shiva.
- The word Mrityunjay Mahadev means the God who triumphs over of death.
- As per the beliefs, the Shivling in this temple keep away all the devotees from their unnatural death.
- Inside the temple there is an ancient well, it is believed that its water is curable to several diseases.
12. Shri Tilbhandeshwar Temple
- This temple is situated in Pandey Haveli next to Bengali Tola Inter college, Bhelupur.
- This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
- As per the beliefs the Shivling in the temple emerged by itself and it increases every year by the size of a til (sesame seed).
- It was built in 18th century.
13. Ratneshwar Mahadev Temple
- This temple is situated at Manikarnika Ghat.
- It is also known as the Kashi Karvat, here kashi is the ancient name for Varanasi and karvat means leaning.
- The temple was built extremely close to the Ganges River and has developed a nine-degree slant.
- The temple is tilted more than the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
- The Leaning Tower of Pisa is just tilted at an angle of four-degree.