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Monkey Temple (Durga Temple)

Address: Varanasi, India
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Ranked #23 of 71 things to do in Varanasi
Type: Religious sites, Sights & Landmarks
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SF, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

If you have seen monkeys up close before than do not bother to visit here as no cameras or mobile phones allowed. The temple itself falls way short of spectacular from an architextural standpoint but is of great importance and significance to those of the Hindu faith.

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

we just go into have a look buy tuk tuk driver, can spend much more time to here, u can see many history of this god.

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New Delhi, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Close to Tulsi Manas Mandir and Sanakat Mochan hanuman Mandir, this is a very popular temple of Goddes Durga. The adjacent Kund (Pond) was made for bathing before darshan.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Difficult to get your mind to focus on the God in this temple as you keep worrying about these unruly ancestors snatching away your belongings! The story goes that you will be devoid of all your miseries if you pray here ... try your luck!

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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

The monkey temple isn't so much a single temple as a religious area with several small shrines at which people pray. Watching the people and listening to the recitation of mantras was interesting. The shrines have some attractive adornment. But nothing was that remarkable for me. I have seen a lot of temples and may be jaded.

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Varanasi, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Monkey temple which is actualya temple dedigatet to mother durga temple. There is no any more monkey now. Some time is is very confusing for the western tourist, they missunderstood it as temple of Monkey god ( lord Hanuman).

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Varanasi is known for temples and this is one of them which you must visit. Though it has been quite some hassle to visit this one post the bomb blasts but it's worth it being such a divine place. Would recommend visiting this temple more for religious reasons than for fun and sight seeing.

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Hyderabad, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

The uniqueness of Kasi is that it has got representations of all forms of Shiva and Shakti. Shakti in the form of Annapurna, Visalakshi,nine forms of Durgas who are worshipped specially during nava rathris, Varahi( guardian of Kasi), 64 yoginis and many more forms! In this Durga temple, it is believed that idol of deity is not man made but... More 

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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Visit the Durga kund and the Durga mandir for a nice little puja to the Dayamayee. it is an old mandir which is completely red in colour. nearby are Tulsi Mans mandir and Sankat Mochan Hanumanji mandirs. Try a post lunch session. the crowd is less and excleent bhajan in Hanuman mandir.

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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Unless you are religious, there is no reason to go to the temple proper, especially considering the hassles of depositing camera, cell phone etc. However the road leading to the temple from the gate is full of monkeys monkeying around and it is quite fun to just sit down somewhere and watch their antics for a few minutes.

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