Navratri at Varanasi Vishalakshi Temple is a famous festival celebrated at the temple city of Kashi. Vishalakshi Temple (Vishalakshi Gauri Temple) is a famous temple dedicated to Goddess Shakti and also revered as one of the Ashtadasha Shakti peetha Temples (18 Prominent Shakti Temples).
Vishalakshi Temple is located at Mir Ghat on the banks of the Ganges at Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh.
In 2016, Sharad Navratri begins on October 1 and ends on October 11 with Vijayadashami festival.
The Tantric work Rudrayamala, composed before 1052 CE, mentions 10 principal Shakti Peethas, which includes Varanasi as the fifth one. The Kularnava Tantra mentions 18 Pithas and mentions Varanasi as the sixth one.
The Ashtadashapitha (18 Peethas) ascribed to Shankaracharya (interpreted as Adi Shankara, however probably Shankara Agamacharya, Bengali author of the Tara-rahasya-vrittika) enumerates 18 names along with their presiding deities or Pitha-devis including Vishalakshi of Varanasi as the fifth Pitha. In the Kubjika Tantra, Varanasi is third in 42 names.