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Monkey Temple (Durga Temple)

Varanasi, India
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Ranked #19 of 53 Attractions in Varanasi
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

After going through security, we walked along a winding path to the temple with hundreds of monkeys dashing around on either side. After taking our shoes off, we went inside the temple and walked around the building which was hundreds of years old.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

No photos but you can participate n the ceremonies and rituals. This was an interesting cultural experience. You could actually be part of the ritual and begin to appreciate the reverence of he believers. It is a 20 mn Tuk Tuk ride from the old city Very safe

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Chico, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The best temple in the area to go to; as with so many others night visit seems to generate more atmosphere, piety, and a sense of awe. Just don't feed the monkeys!!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

if a perspective from another religion is of interest to you. There are 320 million Hindu Gods and many have thier own devotees and ways of praying.A local historian guide who accompanied was very helpful in understanding what was going on

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Navi Mumbai, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Red colour dear to Maa Durga with a beautiful structure and peaceful as if being blessed by the Goddess.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Close to Assi Ghat. If you don't like monkeys then don't go there. Some of the baby monkeys are quite cheeky and one jumped on me. The temple is worth the visit.

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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

The Durga temple is just like another average temple. it had a small shrine of maa Durga. But there was a long queue to enter it, so we had to visit the temple again the next day to enter it.

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Somerset, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

A beautiful red building from the outside. Non-Hindus are allowed to enter, but must stay on the platform at one side, away from the actual shrine.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Durga temple is located at Durga kund. In the Hinduism, it is considered that Mata Durga is the incarnation of the Shakti (Power). Ma Durga is dressed in red color having ride on a tiger and entirely equipped with the Shiva’s trident, Vishnu’s discus, sword.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Durga temple, also known as the "monkey temple" is one of the important temples of Varanasi. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga. The Durga temple was built in the eighteenth century. A Bengali Maharani built the Durga temple in Nagara Style (the North Indian style of temple architecture). It is stained red with ochre and has a multi-tiered shikhara... More

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