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“Most Worshiped Jyotirlinga”

Golden Temple (Kashi Vishwanath)
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Reviewed May 11, 2013

Kashi Vishwanath temple, Vishwanath Gali Chowck, Varanasi, is one of the twelve Jyotirlinga in India. This temple is on walking distance from Dasawamedh Ghat on Riven Ganges. History says that this holy temple has been visited by great saints like Adi Shankaracharya, Ramkrishna Paramhansa, Swami Vivekanand, Goswami Tulsidas, Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati, Gurunanak and several other spiritual personalities.

Temple in the present shape was built in 1780 by Late Maharani Ahilya Bai Holkar of Indore. Two domes of the Temple were covered by gold donated by Punjab Kesari Maharaja Ranjeet Singh. That is why this temple is also known as Golden temple. Hindus believe that before entering into Vishwanath temple, they must first visit Temple of Kaal Bhairav (about 2kms away from Vishwanath temple). After Vishwanath Darshan, Hindus believe that Darshan of Kedarnath should be done. Thus by going to these three temples in the order shown, they are sure to get maximum blessings.

Very tight security is there at Kashi Vishwanath temple. One can not carry even a writing pen. Mobile phones, camera, matchbox, lighter, any kind of hand bags, coconuts etc are prohibited. One can carry only flowers and milk or water for Abhishek of Lord Shiva. Best time to go there is at 4am because the waiting line is minimum. Morning 6am to 9am is very busy time. The temple opens from 4am to 11pm. daily. Saturdays and Sundays and Public Holidays are also busy days. We went on 30 april and also on !st May. Were really lucky to have Darshans easily and without much of wait.

There are number of shops outside the temple who offer free locker facility in their shop. You can leave your belongings and shoes there, buy flowers from them, and on your return collect your stuff.

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Reviewed May 8, 2013

one of the holy place of hindu's and great temple .you can visit temple by yourself so be aware of panda's.lot of temples in campus and great place of peace and pray

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Reviewed May 3, 2013

Such an amasing experience to see and live the ceremony there, can see it on screen just few feets from it. Avoir the line, just go to entrance 2 and ask the police officer.

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Reviewed May 2, 2013

We had visited Kashi Vishwanath Temple innumerable times but it is impossible to imagine a trip to Varanasi without visiting the temple.This time it was very hot and we went there in the evening around 6.30pm.There was hardly a queue of 10 people and we could get the darshan in a comparatively peaceful manner.Normally the security personnel standing around the main temple start pushing and even forcibly removing them but this time it was tolerable.The overall visit can be specified as good.The priests outside the temple approach the visitors and assure them of quick darshan but one should simply avoid them.

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Reviewed April 25, 2013

I visited so many temple and holy places in my life and got blessing from Lord but the blessing i got at Kashi Vishwanath Temple was so amazing and mesmerizing which i can not forget throughout in my life. I went here in the month of Feb with my friends very first time & were worry about whether i get a chance to see properly "The Lord Shiva", as i overheard that priest does not allow to stand for a second and ask to move on...but i felt very lucky to have "Lord Shiva" Darshan for more then a minute and got a prasadam (offering & blessing).

I saw almost every religion visit here and take blessing for his better life....my memory is still afresh ....

Thank Jayant_69
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