Interesting facts about the Kashi Vishwanath Temple
The Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi is one of the most sacred places of worship for the Hindus. The temple has a few shops and cafes in and around it, and you will also find a few hotels Varanasi in the area. Here are some facts about this very holy temple, which will amaze you.
· The city of Varanasi has always been mentioned time and again in the Upanishads, Puranas and the Brahmanas. Kashi has been derived from the Sanskrit word “KAS”, that means to sparkle and shine. The mandir was founded in 1930. Kashi was ruled by many kings. This city on the bank of River Ganges has seen destruction and slaughter both. In the time of the Mughals, the mandirs here were sacked time and again. The temples were built, then destroyed and again re-built. This city has the power of surviving major attacks and still get back on its feet again.
· Akbar, the Mughal Emperor had given the permission to make the original temple, and which was later destroyed by the ruler Aurangzeb. He was an anti-Hindu, who wanted to build a mosque here in place of the temple.
· The present temple was made by the then Queen of Indore, named Rani Ahilya Bai Holkar. The lady herself took the whole initiative of restoring the temple. Aurangzeb, once again, destroyed the temple and made a mosque in its place here. Even today the remnants of the temple can be viewed on the western wall of this mosque in the form of brilliant artistic work. They say that Shiva appeared in his dream, and then, she herself took the whole initiative of renovating the temple in the 19th century.
· After the Queen of Indore had re-built this temple, it was the Maharaja Ranjit Singh from Indore who donated nearly a ton of his gold in making sure that towers of this temple were fully gold plated. These towers are nearly 15.4 meters tall. Also, in the temple is a Lingamade of black stone in a silver altar, at the floor. South of the temple, there are three shrines, all in a row. Around the temple there are five lings, which when combined are called the “Nilakantheshvar Temple”.
If these facts have made you want to visit Varanasi, we suggest a two-day tour of the city with a proper accommodation at resort Varanasi to explore the oldest living city of the world. You can also visit places nearby Varanasi.