History: Kashi Vishwanath Temple

By Malvika Kashyap

May 17, 2022

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The Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Kashi, now Varanasi, is one of the holiest Hindu temples. Learn about the history of this temple, its architecture, and the Jyotirlinga tale in the next slides.

Kashi was the previous name for Benaras, which is today known as Varanasi. The location is believed to be on the banks of the sacred Ganges River, also known as Ganga in Hindi.

Varanasi is notable for its temples, with the Kashi Vishwanath temple being the most famous. It is located in the city's Vishwanath Gali and attracts millions of pilgrims each year.

One of the most well-known Hindu temples is Kashi Vishwanath Temple. It's named after Lord Shiva. It has one of the 12 Jyotirlingas or Jyotirlingams, making it one of Shiva's holiest shrines.

Since time immemorial, the Hindu temple of Kashi Vishwanath has been the centre of Shaiva philosophy. Many Muslim kings have demolished it over the years, the most recent being Aurangzeb.

This temple is a Shakti Peeth, or place of worship, for the Shaktism sect of Hinduism and is located on Manikarnika Ghat.  The Shaktipeets' origins are referenced in Daksha Yaga.

The seal of Lord Avimukteshwara, which was unearthed in Rajghat excavations, may be found at the Kashi Vishwanath temple.

Xuanzang, who visited Benaras in 635 CE, mentions the temple in his book. The Skanda Purana also mentions it.

Shiva is the form of creation, or Saguna. Shiva manifested as a flaming column of light in the shape of Jyotirlinga. There are 12 Jyotirlingas, or Shiva appearances.


12 Jyotirlinga Information

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