Kashi Vishwanath Temple of Shiva Chowk Godowila Road,, varanasi-221001

The most famous Shiva temple in India if not the world. During the religious occasion of Shivratri, Kashi Naresh (King of Kashi) is the chief officiating priest and no other person or priest is allowed to enter the sanctum sanctorum. It is only after he performs his religious functions that others are allowed to enter. It is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas, important Shiva temples in India.

Temple Etiquette

  • Footwear not allowed inside

    Footwear not allowed inside
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    Footwear to be left outside the temple. In summer be careful of the hot paving stones.

  • Prasad and donation

    Prasad and donation
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    Use your right hand to accept prasad and give donations. The left hand is considered unclean in India.

  • Dress conservatively

    Dress conservatively
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    Avoid shorts, skirts, tanktops and do not expose legs.

  • Restricted entry

    Restricted entry
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    Entry is normally restricted to temple priests in the sanctum sanctorum. Some temples restrict the entry of non-Hindus

  • Avoid cellphones

    Avoid cellphones
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    Use of cell phones is restricted normally. Photography is restricted in some temples.

  • Circumambulation or pradakshina

    Circumambulation or pradakshina
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    Devotees are to walk around the sanctum sanctorum in a clockwise direction


About Kashi Vishwanath Temple

According to the Shivapurana story, Brahma and Vishnu once had an argument over the their superiority. To test them, Shiva pierced the three worlds as a big endless pillar of light,the jyotirlinga. Vishnu set out to find the source of the light and took the form of Varaha and burrowed down. Brahma took the shape of a swan and flew upwards to find where the pillar of light ended. After year, Vishnu admitted defeat but Brahma lied and claimed that he had been to the end. Shiva recognised the lie and cursed Brahma that he could have no place in ceremonies while Vishnu would enjoy devotees till the end of time. 

Shiva appeared as a fiery column of light and is considered as a jyotirlinga. There were 64 jyotirlinga, among them 12 jyotrilinga are considered extremely holy. Each of the twelve jyothirlinga sites takes the name of the presiding deity - each considered different manifestation of Shiva. At all these sites, the primary image is a linga representing the endless Stambha pillar, symbolizing the infinite nature of Shiva.

Kashi Vishwanath Temple is one of the most famous Hindu temples in India. This Indian temple is dedicated to lord Shiva. During the festival called Shivarathri only the temple priest is allowed to enter into the shrine.It is only after he performs his religious functions that others are allowed to enter.The main deity linga is 60cm tall and 90cm in circumference. There other shrines inside the temple - Kaalbhairav, Dhandapani, Avimukteshwara, Vishnu, Vinayaka, Sanishwara, Virupaksha and Virupaksh Gauri. This temple is one of the twelve jyotirlinga. 

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