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Golden Temple (Kashi Vishwanath)
Ranked #16 of 97 things to do in Varanasi
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Lockers / storage
Reviewed July 14, 2013

the place is walking distance from the main circle in the mkt. its nothing majestic but definitely has some connection upstairs... felt great to be there with my husband.. so many panda ppl to fool u around... just beware of them, follow the g.map and keep walking.. although i felt bad for a foreigner couple wearing om clothes when they were stopped abruptly for going ahead near to the temple.. they pleaded tht they wont go inside n just see it from outside but no... since they were not indian and hindu... i truly didnt get the logic for tht...

Date of experience: July 2013
Thank chini_15
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Reviewed July 7, 2013

i liked security arrangement here.tight security. it is essential as heavy rush everytime due to famous and ancient temple.

Date of experience: November 2012
Thank ratan m
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Reviewed July 5, 2013

i am a frequent visitor.

what is required
1.mobiles and all metals things are not allowed(including cameras ,pens, leather belts)
2. dress adequately
3. cooperqtive with crowd and frequent frisking by policemen
4.shoes aren't allowed

how to make trip easy.
1. there are many ways to the temple dont bother to choose one as getting lost might actually help you discover a new shop like(blue lassi, brown bread, bread of life).

2. you can place your valuables among the vendors outside(its safe) only you required to purchase prasada from them coasting 10-100 Rs.

3. choose a vendor naearest to the temple and ask for his number or card so that you can trace him when you are lost cause entry and exit gates are dfferent

4. visit in non peak hours(afternoon).the temple closes for a short time in early morning for daily aartis.

also check your trip with hindu calendar avoid busy days lke shivratris(waiting time can be as long as 20 hrs)

Date of experience: May 2013
18  Thank chakradiwaker
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Reviewed June 28, 2013

As per hindu mythology / Purans the Kashi / Varanasi city is originated by Lord Shiva. The city has one of twelve Lord Shiva Jyotirlinga. That temple is known as Kashi Vishwanath Temple.

Date of experience: February 2013
Thank TukTukTravels
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Reviewed June 18, 2013

"VIshwam" in Sanskrit means, The Universe and "Eshwar" means The Lord, who governs this Universe.. Lord Vishwanath Mandir is dedicated to Lord Shiva, situated in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India.The Darshan of this Linga is believed to liberate us from the Maya and the worldly attachments. Every Hindu tries his best to go to Varanasi, atleast once during his lifetime, to perform the pithru karyams(religious rites for the ancestors).
This holy temple stands on the most divine, blessed Ganges........taking even a dip in Her, is supposed to wash off all our sins and also help us cross the Ocean of Samsara.
This great temple is one of the 12 Jyotir Lingas.Varanasi used to be called "Kashi" and this temple is very famous by the name "Kashi Vishwanath". This temple was destroyed and rebuilt several times. Finally, the name and fame of bringing to this glory by renovating it as it stands today, goes to Rani Ahalya Bhai.The temple shares its wall with a famous Masjid.
This temple's main Gopuram cannot be seen outside, as we perceive the Gopurams of other temples anywhere. Tucked inside, amidst small lanes, which go winding like a maze, is the holiest temple of Vishwanath. This temple is a living embodiment of the rich Hindu Cultures.
The main Linga is very small, like a baby, just 60cm in height and 90cm in circumference. It is surrounded on four sides by a silver fence, so that devotees will not come too close to the Linga and violate rules.There is a small well in the mandir, where the Linga was supposed to have been hidden during the times of Mohammedan invasions.
The Saptha Shrungi pooja in the mandir in the evenings is worth a watch. We have to buy a ticket in the evening for this. They charge Rs. 100/-, which, you feel, is nothing, when compared to the great beauty of the pooja!! In the ancient days, 7 Rishis of different lineage(Gothram) used to come and perform this pooja, and the same tradition is continued even today, and hundreds of devotees throng to catch a glimpse of this great event!
There are also 5 Aartis, Mangala aarti (morning), Bhog aarti (day), Sandhya aarti (evening), Shrungar aarti (night) and Shayana aarti(Lord's bedtime). Vishwanatha Ashtakam, composed by Shri Aadhi Shankaracharya is supposed to bring mental peace and all glory to one who recites with devotion and faith.
Varanasi is accessible by rail, road and air. Lot of security procedures exist for the safety of the mandir. Cell phones, camera,Ipad, belts with metal beckles and cigar lighters do not get entry into the temple.

Date of experience: April 2013
7  Thank thiagamala
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