New Delhi: The Shri Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi is of immense importance to Hindus and is one of the most famous temples in India dedicated to Lord Shiva. The divine shrine stands on the west bank of the sacred river Ganga and is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas. Here we have listed some of the most fascinating facts about this temple of Lord Shiva.Read also – At first, the devotees of the Kashi Vishwanath temple wear and throw Khadi slippers
for your information, the main deity is known as Vishvanatha or Vishveshvara meaning “Ruler of the universe”And the city of Varanasi is also called Kashi, and this is why the temple is commonly called Kashi Vishvanath Temple. Also Read – Sweet Surprise: PM Modi Gifted THIS to Kashi Vishwanath Dham Workers After Learning Temple Rule
7 truly surprising facts about Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi
- According to records, Kashi Vishwanath Temple was discovered in 1490. Kashi saw the reign of many kings both famous and less famous. Did you know that it was also ruled by Buddhists for a while? Without a doubt, the city has seen its share of massacres and destruction. The temples have been plundered repeatedly by the Mughals. The original temples were rebuilt, then destroyed and rebuilt.
- FYI, Mughal Emperor Akbar authorized the construction of the original temple, which was later destroyed by Aurangzeb – the sixth Mughal Emperor, who ruled almost the entire Indian subcontinent for 49 years.
- Kashi Vishwanath Temple was last rebuilt and restored to its glory by the Queen of Indore, Rani Ahilya Bai Holkar. She took the initiative to restore the temple and also provided the funds for it. However, later Akbar’s great-grandson Aurangzeb destroyed the temple and built a mosque in its place.
- The temple is of immense importance to Hindus as it is revered as one of Lord Shiva’s 12 Jyotirlingas. There is a popular belief that Lord Shiva stayed here for some time.
- Kashi Vishwanath temple has three domes covered with gold! According to popular belief, any wish is granted if it is made after seeing the golden chatra.
- It is said that when news of Aurangzeb’s plans to destroy the temple reached, Shiva’s idol was hidden in a well to protect it from destruction. The well, called the “well of wisdom”, still stands there between the mosque and the temple. Don’t forget to visit it on your next trip here.
- The divine shrine is visited by over 7 million devotees every year and has been restored and beautified with the Kashi Vishwanath Dham project by the government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. On December 13, PM Modi inaugurated phase 1 of the project.
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Built at an estimated cost of around Rs 900 crore over a vast area of 5 lakh square feet, the Varanasi Corridor will connect the Kashi Vishwanath Temple to the Ganga River, making it easy for pilgrims to reach the temple premises.