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Vishwanath in Varanasi (Benares) in Uttar Pradesh is the home to this Jyotirlinga, and is one of the biggest pilgrim spots of the Hindus worldwide.


Shri Vishweshwarnath Jyotirlinga is situated in the holy city of Varanasi also known as Kashi and Benares and is popular by the name of Shiv Vishwanath. It is believed that Varanasi is the point at which the first Jyotirlinga, the fiery pillar of light by which Shiva manifested his supremacy over other gods, broke through the earth’s crust and flared towards the heavens. More than the Ghats and even the Ganga, the Shivalinga installed in the temple remain the devotional focus of Varanasi. Millions of pilgrims converge here to perform an abhishekam to the sacred Jyotirlingam with sacred water of river Ganga.The original Jyotirlinga of Kashi Vishwanath is no more available. It was destroyed as a result of the Mughal invasion and Aurangazeb built a mosque in place of it. The ancient idol of Vishweshwar is situated in Jnana-Vapi. Queen Ahilyabai of Indore built the new temple. Kashi is amongst the most significant holy spots of the Hindus. It is said that if a person visits Kashi once in his lifetime, he’ll attain salvation and get rid of all his sins. The scriptures say that Kashi was destroyed forever when the earth was submerged below water. But lord Shiva holds this place with his trishul. The Shiv lingam in Kashi is placed in a square shaped brass-plated pit. Devotees can offer their prayers here. There are also smaller shrines around the main shrine. The head of each of the ghats has a Shiv Linga shrine. Lord Shiva has been put on a pedestal at every location in the city.It is said that Lord Shiva gives the Tarak Mantra to the ones who are going to die here. Some also believe that the Lord resides here and is the giver of liberation and happiness. The one who prays and worships Vishweshwar with devotion attains all his desires and one who incessantly recites his name attains all siddhis and finally gets liberated.

The magnificent edifice offers a breathtaking view to the onlooker. The Kashi Vishwanath Temple is also popularly known as the 'Golden Temple' due the gold plating done on its 15.5-meter high spire. One tonne of gold donated by Maharaja Ranjit Singh has been used in the gold plating of the spire. Inside the courtyard is the temple of Vishwanatha

Inside the sanctum a linga is set into the center of the floor in a square silver altar. The Linga is of black stone. Though the interior of the temple is not large and elaborate it presents the peaceful atmosphere ideal for worship. History of Vishwanath Temple The famous Vishwanath Temple has been rebuilt several times. The original was supposed to have been built in 1490. However, the original Jyotirlinga of Kashi Vishwanath is a not available. The old temple was destroyed as a result of the Mughal invasion and Aurangazeb built a mosque in place of it. The ancient idol of Vishweshwar is situated in Jnana-Vapi. Even today the western wall of the mosque show the remnants of a temple which had very intricate and fine artwork on it. Both the Kashi Vishwanath and the Gyanvapi Mosque are adjacent to each other The latest structure standing here dates back to the 18th century. It is said that once Lord Shiva came in the dream of Rani Ahilya Bai Holkar of Indore. She, being a devotee of Lord Shiva, got the current temple built in 1777 at a distance from the original one




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