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Vishwanath Gali, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001, India
+91-542-2392629 +91-542-2390550
entry fee
No entry fee
All days of the week
4:00 AM - 11:00 PM
visit duration
Around 2 to 3 hours

how to reach vishwanath temple

The temple is located in the Godolia area of Varanasi, towards the end of Vishwanath Gali. To reach the temple, you can take an auto to Godolia Chowk. From there you will have to walk towards Dasashwamedh Ghat. Keep walking and on your left, you will come across a lane (ask for Vishwanath Gali). Go straight in and at the T-junction turn right for the temple.

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about vishwanath temple

The beating heart of Varanasi, Vishwanath Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is the holiest of the 12 revered jyotirlingas in the country. One of the most famous Hindu temples, even its glimpse is said to be auspicious. 

It is difficult to ascertain the antiquity of the temple as it was repeatedly destroyed by the pre-Mughal Muslim invaders and later by Aurangzeb. However, the devotion in the hearts of the people of the city for Lord Shiva has outlived every such attempt. Every time the temple was destroyed, a new temple came up in its place. The temple that stands today was rebuilt by Queen Ahilyabai Holkar of Indore in 1777. In 1839, 42 years later, Maharaja Ranjit Singh, gifted 820 kg of gold to Vishwanath Temple. This gold was used to plate the shikhara and ceiling and thus the temple is also referred to as the 'Golden Temple'. Apart from a Shivalinga, there are a number of small temples for deities including Dhandapani, Kaalbhairav, Avimukteshwara, Vinayaka, Sanishwara, Vishnu, Virupaksha and Virupaksh Gauri in the complex. Also, there is a small well in the temple called the Jnana Vapi--the wisdom well. It is believed that the Jytorlinga was hidden in this well to protect it at the time of invasion and the main priest jumped in the well with the Shivalinga in order to protect it.

Every day, five major aartis are held at    Vishwanath Temple and it is abuzz with worshipers through the day. During the religious occasion of Mahashivratri, Kashi Naresh (King of Kashi) is the chief officiating priest. No other person or priest is allowed to enter the sanctum sanctorum and it is only after he performs his religious functions that others are allowed to enter. Even though non-hindus are not allowed to enter the shrine, they can stroll through the Vishwanath Gali (lane) and get a glimpse of the interiors.

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Nickhil Wadhwa
Nickhil Wadhwa
beautyful religious place
Jun 23 2014
My experience is vey of the major tourist attraction in varanasi. It is the most religious place.beautyful , its good place for god lovers. Must visited place for tourist
Priti Yadav
Priti Yadav
Beauti lies in everything of vishwanath temple.
Jun 23 2014
You should must go the vishwanath temple ,whenever you go to varansi. It is beautifully made. There is uniqueness in the design of the temple. There are parks and various food stalls outside the temple. It is very large also.