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New Vishwanath Temple, also popularly
known as the Golden Temple, is situated in the
campus of Banares Hindu University (BHU). The temple is built
by the Birla family and hence it is also known as Birla temple.
This new Vishwanath Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is having
the similar structure of Kashi Vishwanath temple. The temple a
marvel in marbles is designed by the founder of BHU Madan Mohan
Malavya. The walls of the temple are adorned with the spectacular
sculptures of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. The temple is open to
all people irrespective of religion, caste and creed.
Alamgir Mosque, built by the
Mughal Emperor Aurangaseb, has the unique distinction of being
the largest structure located on the banks of the river Ganges
in Varanasi. It is believed that the Mosque is placed at a place
where a majestic Krishna temple was located. This temple was destroyed
and the Mosque was constructed at that place during Mughal invasion
in India. The Mosque is at a picturesque location overlooking
Panchganga Ghat and is bordered by the majestic Ganges. The architectural
style of the mosque is a blend of Hindu and Persian styles of
construction and is very imposing. The edifice is magnificent
with carved pillars, turrets and marvelous domes.
Asi Ghat, the Ghat located at
the confluence of Assi River and the holy Ganges, is the southernmost
Ghat in Kashi. The Ghat is renowned for a spectacular and large
Shiva Lingam placed under a Peepal Tree. This is a favorite spot
for Hindu devotees to offer their prayers to Lord Shiva after
taking holy dip in the river. This religiously important place
got its reference in many puranas, including Matsya Purana, Kurma
Purana, Agni Purana and Padma Purana. Legendary stories describe
this Ghat as the place where Goodess Durga thrown out her sword
after killing the Asura demons Shumbha- Nishumbha.
Kashi Hindu University has a museum that has an
excellent collection of precious and extraordinary historical objects,
statues, pictures, paintings and documents. Museum
is small but very well maintained and gives an over view of the
very old city of Varanasi
Bharat Mata Temple, a fairly
new temple built in 1936 and located at Kashi Vidyapeeth Campus,
is a shrine dedicated to Mother India. This temple was built by
a Gandhian follower Babu Shiv Prasad Gupt and was inaugurated
by Mahatma Gandhi. It enshrines a marble structure of Mother India,
a fine three dimensional structure of undivided India. The marble
structure, rather a map of India, is constructed at the right
proportions of oceans, lands and hills. This is a unique temple
and a symbol of patriotism. This temple is placed itself in the
settings of natural beauty overlooking the Ganges and holy Ghats.
The temple is in the shape of pentagonal cone with five pillars
supporting the structure
Tucked away 40 kms. from Varanasi, Chunar is the
place where religion, history and nature intermingle. Situated
in the Vindhya ranges on the banks of holy river Ganga, its scenic
and calm atmosphere enchants visitors. Chunar is also an important
health resort due to its ideal climate. The massive Chunar
fort, standing at a height of 80' to 175' from the ground
level and spread over a massive area of 34,000sq.ft., is the prime
attraction of the place. Inside the fort is an interesting Sun
dial, a dep well and an open pavilion called the Sonwa Mandap.
Chunar is accessible by road from Varanasi and an overnight stay
is possible at the ASI rest house within the fort premises.
Dashaswamedh Ghat, a much acclaimed
religious spot, is a very favorite among the Hindu devotees and
is considered as the main Ghat. It is believed that Lord Brahma
performed his victorious Dasa_Ashwamedha (ten-horses) sacrifice
in this spot. Legends claim that a similar kind of ten horse sacrifice
was done here in the second century by Bhara Shiva Naga rulers.
The Ghat was renovated by Bajirao Pesava I in 1740 AD and later
by the Queen of Indore, the princess Ahilyabai Holkar in 1774.
This place attracts huge inflow of tourist everyday. Dashaswamedh
Ghat has credited with many religious temples and destinations
nearby. This is one of the safe ghats with well laid steps and
perfect platforms for the devotees to perform the rituals.
Harischandra Ghat is one among
two cremation grounds with burning facilities in Varanasi. This
is named after the King Harishchandra, who spent his part of the
life as a keeper of a crematorium to preserve his truth and virtues.
This Ghat existed here many centuries and it was in 1740, a Hindu
saint named Narayana Dikshit renovated it. Many people bring the
mortal remains of their relatives and friends to this place to
pyre. It is believed that one can attain 'Moksha' (Salvation),
if cremated in this place. An imposing temple is adorning this
place. The temple encloses beautiful structures of Harisdchandra,
Vriddha Kedara and Adi Manikanteshwra.
Places to visit
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Nearby marwari hospital
and jaipuria bhawan