Varanasi is home to many religious places and ghats (series of steps leading down to a body of water) that have a rich cultural heritage. Varanasi, or Banaras, (also known as Kashi) is one of the oldest living cities in the world. When talking about culture, heritage, and history, especially for Hindus, the temples of Varanasi come to mind. The city is well-known for its mythical and historical tales, stunning temples, and amazing food. Take a look at the famous temples of Varanasi that are worth the visit:
1. Vishalakshi Temple
Vishalakshi Temple is one of the most revered and powerful temples in Varanasi. Lord Shiva carried Goddess Sati's body after she perished in the fire and roamed around the universe with it. To provide Lord Shiva with closure, Lord Vishnu had cut her body into 51 body parts,. which fell on Earth to become sacred sites (Shakti Peeth) where all the people can pay homage to the Goddess Sati. In Manikarnika, her earring dropped and this shrine can be found at the Manikarnika ghat, also known as the Miraghat.
2. Kanaka Durga Mandir
The Kanaka Durga Temple is one of the most significant religious sites to see in Varanasi. There is a fascinating legend around the shrine. The shrine often referred to as the Monkey Temple, is a remarkable example of the Nagara architectural style that is common in North India and is decorated with multi-tiered spires.
3. Kashi Vishwanath Temple
The Kashi Vishwanath Temple is located on the western bank of the holy Ganga River, in Varanasi,near the famous Dashashwamedh Ghat. One of the 12 Jyotirlinga temples in the world is this one. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva also referred to as Vishwanatha meaning "the ruler of the universe”.
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4. Kaal Bhairav Mandir
Kaal Bhairav is considered as the ferocious form of Lord Shiva. This temple was built-in the 17th century, and this Shiva temple is one of the oldest temples in the city. This shrine is regarded as the city's protector. According to the legends, Kaal Bhairava serves as the city's protector and is known as its guardian angel. Before leaving Varanasi for any reason, it is traditional for the people to seek the deity's blessing. And anyone visiting Varanasi must go to the Kaal Bhairav temple and ask Kaal Bhairav for permission to stay securely in Varanasi. (Lesser Known Facts About India's Holiest City, Varanasi)
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5. Annapurna Devi Mandir
This religious temple is dedicated to Goddess Annapurna, an incarnation of Goddess Parvati. A golden statue of Maa Annapurna, who is reputed to shield the entire city from the scarcity of food, is placed at the temple. People also refer to it as Bhavani Devi. Maratha Peshwa Baji Rao built the Annapurna Devi Temple in 1729 AD using the Nagara architectural style.
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