TEMPLES IN VARANASI :



TULSI MANAS TEMPLE

A short walk south of the durga Temple is the modern marble sikhara-style Tulsi Manas Temple, built in 1964. Its walls are engraved with verses and scenes from the Ram Charit Manas, the Hindi version of the Ramayana. Its author, poet Tulsi Das, lived here while writing it. You can watch figures performing scenes from Hindu mythology on the 2nd floor for Rs 1. The temple is open from 5.30 am to noon and 3.30 to 9 pm



DURGA TEMPLE

The Durga temple is one of the most important temples in Varanasi and is built in the 8th century, by Bengali Maharani and is stained red with ochre This temple is built in north Indian Nagara style with a multi-tiered shikhara(spire). The shikhara of the temple is formed by many small spires which are built one on top of the other. Durga is the 'terrible' form of Shiva's consort Parvati, so at festivals there are often sacrifices of goats. Non-Hindus can enter the courtyard but not the inner sanctum. It is commonly known as Monkey Temple due to many frisky monkey that have made it their home.



VISHWANATH TEMPLE

This place is well connected by rail, road and airways. There are very good hotels and restaurants to suit the requirements of all Kaashi, Benares and Varanasi are the names of this city where houses this Temple of Lord Shiva. This Jyotirlingam is one of the twelve jyotirlingams of India. This place is situated at the bank of Holy River Ganges. In the words of Hyuen Tsang, one of the Chinese travellers who visited Varanishi in the 7th century, wrote that there was a hundred feet high statue of Lord Shiva made of brass. This region is also known as Anandakanana which delights all the pilgrims and the Lord.

It has been mentioned in Vedas, Upanishads, Puranas, Ramayana etc that Kaashi is the place of liberation and salvation. Kaaskhi is one of the oldest city of ancient India and famous for its holiness and its culture. The Benares Hindu University is also known as Kaashi Vishwavidyalaya situates in this city which is the seat of learning. Thousands of scholars come here from India and abroad to study the old scriptures like Vedas, Upanishads, Puranas. It is one of the oldest cities of learning. Mahashivratri in the month of February is a very big festival at this temple. All pilgrims first bath in the Holy Ganges and then go to the temple of Lord Vishwnath and perform Abhishek with the Holy Water of River Ganges. There is a belief that persons who die and cremated here in Manikarnika Ghat at the bank of River Ganges in Kaashi will be liberated from the cycle of life and death. Accordingly thousands of Hindus come and reside here to die in their old age.



types of the visitors. February, March, April, and September, October and November are temperate months for the visitors and pilgrims.

RAM NAGAR FORT & MUSEUM

On the opposite bank of river, this 17th century fort is the home of the former Maharaja of Benaras. It looks most impressive from the river, though the decrepit planking of the pantoon bridge you cross to reach it is somewhat of a distraction. During the monsoon access is by ferry. The intresting museum here contains old silver & brocade palanquins for the ladies of the court, gold-plated elephant howdahs, an astrological clock, marcabre elephant traps and an armoury of swords and old guns.

BHARAT MATA TEMPLE

Dedicated to 'Mother India', this unadorned temple has a marble relief map of India instead of usual images of gods & goddesses. The map is said to be perfectly in scale, both vertically and horizontally. The temple was opened by Mahatma Gandhi.

GOLDEN TEMPLE

This place is well connected by rail, road and airways. There are very good hotels and restaurants to suit the requirements of all Kaashi, Benares and Varanasi are the names of this city where houses this Temple of Lord Shiva. This Jyotirlingam is one of the twelve jyotirlingams of India. This place is situated at the bank of Holy River Ganges. In the words of Hyuen Tsang, one of the Chinese travellers who visited Varanishi in the 7th century, wrote that there was a hundred feet high statue of Lord Shiva made of brass. This region is also known as Anandakanana which delights all the pilgrims and the Lord.

It has been mentioned in Vedas, Upanishads, Puranas, Ramayana etc that Kaashi is the place of liberation and salvation. Kaaskhi is one of the oldest city of ancient India and famous for its holiness and its culture. The Benares Hindu University is also known as Kaashi Vishwavidyalaya situates in this city which is the seat of learning. Thousands of scholars come here from India and abroad to study the old scriptures like Vedas, Upanishads, Puranas. It is one of the oldest cities of learning. Mahashivratri in the month of February is a very big festival at this temple. All pilgrims first bath in the Holy Ganges and then go to the temple of Lord Vishwnath and perform Abhishek with the Holy Water of River Ganges. There is a belief that persons who die and cremated here in Manikarnika Ghat at the bank of River Ganges in Kaashi will be liberated from the cycle of life and death. Accordingly thousands of Hindus come and reside here to die in their old age types of the visitors. February, March, April, and September, October and November are temperate months for the visitors and pilgrims.

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