Vindhyachal General Information
8 km from Mirzapur city, 70 km from Varanasi, 83 km from Allahabad, In the southern part of eastern U.P., India
Throughout the year, Best-Oct.-March, Specially during Navratri in Chaitra (March-April), & Ashwin (Sept.-Oct.) months, Kajali festival in month of Jyestha (June), Maha Shivratri (Feb.) & Shravan Mela (July-August)
Hindi & English
Summer 22°C-40°C., Winter 12°C-33°C
Taxi/Auto rickshaw/cycle rickshaw
Fairs & Festivals
Navratri Mela on both Navratries, Kajali Festival
How to reach
Regular Bus service from near by towns, frequent bus service from Allahabad & Varanasi
Vindhyachal Railway Station but mail/express trains stop at Mirzapur
Babatpur Airport (Varanasi) 87 km, Bamrauli Airport (Allahabad) 95 km, domestic daily flights (from Varanasi and Allahabad) connect the city to the metropolitans of the country
Vindhyachal, one of the constituent town of the Mirzapur-Vindhyachal Municipality is situated in the middle of the two holy cities- Allahabad and Varanasi on the bank of River Ganges in the Mirzapur district. It is one of the holiest places of India. The built up area lies along the direction of the River Ganges with the temple of Vindhyavasini in the centre. The city is dedicated to Goddess Vindhyavasini and is one of the renowned Shaktipeethas of the country and an important religious & pilgrim centre. There are many other temples & mineral springs (locally known as Kunds) in the vicinity of the town. Vindhyavasini, Ashtabhuja & Kali Khoh are three main Shakti temples here, located on the three corners of Vindhya Parvat. The divine trinity is worshipped here as Ma Laxmi, Ma Kali & Ma Saraswati. Bhairav temples are located around the city centre to ward off evil effects, viz., Anand Bhairav on the east, Sidhanath on the west, Kapal Bhairav on the south & Rudra Bhairav on the north side. ‘Kajali’ the local folk music is dedicated to Ma Vindhyavasini. All Kajali singers from north India come here to celebrate Kajali Mahotsava (Festival). People come here to seek blessings from goddess of power. Tantriks also visit this place for Tantra sadhana (Meditation).
The three temples on the three corners of Vindhyachal, viz., Vindhyavasini, Kali Khoh & Ashtabhuja temple are locally known as ‘Trikon’ (triangle) and pilgrimage is completed only after visiting all of them which is known as ‘Trikon Parikrama’ (circumambulation of the divine triangle). As per Indian belief the triangle pilgrimage brings in overall good fortune to the pilgrims. There is also provision of taking holy dip, in the Kali Kund during this pilgrimage. The Parikrama is considered over after visiting the pond of saint Karngiri.