Kashi Vishwanath temple (Varanasi Jyothirlinga Temple) is the most revered Hindu temple in the world. Located along the river banks of Ganga in Uttar Pradesh, every corner of Varanasi city exhibits the spiritual and cultural extravaganza.
The Presiding Deity in this temple is Lord Vishwanath (the Protector of the Universe). Kashi Vishwanath is consecrated here along with his consort Vishalakshi (Goddess Shakti), a manifestation of Goddess Parvati. The temple of Vishalakshi is considered as Astadasha Shakti Peetha temple (18 prominent temples of Mother Goddess).
The oldest living city in the world, Varanasi is the ultimate destination of all Hindu pilgrims searching for moksha from the cycle of birth and re-birth. The word ‘Kashi’ originated from the word ‘Kas’ which means to shine. Kashi is mentioned repeatedly in the scriptures – the Brahmanas, Upanishads and the Puranas. It is the oldest center of learning and the University here is still widely respected for its Sanskrit, Philosophy, and Arts faculties.
Hyuen Tsang, the Chinese traveler visited Varanasi in the 7th century. Stepped in tradition and mythological legacy, Kashi is the ‘original ground’ created by Lord Shiva and Parvati. The Kashi Vishwanath Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple was destroyed in the various invasions and was rebuilt in 1776 by Rani Ahilyabai of Indore. Hundreds and thousands of pilgrims flock to Varanasi to offer homage and wash away their sins.
Vishweshwara jyotirlinga has a very special and unique significance in the spiritual history of India. Deeply and intimately implanted in the Hindu mind, the Kashi Vishwanath Temple has been a living embodiment of our timeless cultural traditions and highest spiritual values. The Temple has been visited by all great saints- Adi Shankaracharya, Ramkrishna Paramhansa, Swami Vivekananda, Goswami Tulsidas, Maharshi DayanandSaraswati, Gurunanak and several other spiritual personalities.
Maha Shivratri, Ganga Pujan, Ganga Aarti, Shravan Somvar Shiv Puja in Shravan Month, Kartik Purnima (Karthik Month) and Magh Snan in Magh Mahina are the major festivals celebrated at Kashi Vishwanath Temple.