Kashi Vishwanath Temple
3.5 km from Cantt. railway station, Vishwanath lane, Varanasi, U.P., India
2:30am-11pm, Artis: Mangla-3am, Bhog-11:30am, Sapt Rishi Arti-7pm, Shringar/Bhog Arti-9pm, Shayan Art-10:30pm, opens on all days
Throughout the year, special days Monday, Shivratri, Shravan monthHow to reach
Take a cycle rickshaw from any part of the city up to the lanes leading to the temple
It is synonym of Varanasi. The temple popularly known as ‘Golden Temple’ lies in the heart of the city and is surrounded by very narrow lanes. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, the presiding deity of the city and houses one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Shiva, Visheshwara or Vishwanath, which has great significance in the spiritual history of India. A visit to this temple by a devotee earns him more blessings than a visit to the rest of the jyotirlingas scattered throughout the country. The temple attracts visitors from India and abroad as well. The temple was destroyed many times in the history by Afgans, Turks & Mughals. The present gold spiraled temple was rebuilt by Maharani Ahilya Bai Holkar of Indore, in 1780. Two temple domes are gold plated with one ton of gold donated by Punjab Kesari Maharaja Ranjeet Singh. On 28th January 1983, the administration of the temple has been taken over by the Government of U.P. and is now looked after by a trust and an executive committee.