Kashi Vishwanath Temple

Kashi Vishwanath Temple is located in Varanasi. This is a famous temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Hindu God, and is one of the 12 sacred Shiva temples which are called Jyotirlingas. Varanasi is also called Kashi, and Shiva is considered as the ruler of the universe. Vishwanath refers to the ruler of the universe. The temple is situated on the banks of River Ganga in Varanasi.

The history of the temple begins with a great story that Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu got in a domination which broke into the battle about their supremacy. As an intermediary, Lord Shiva took the form of a perforated light. Shiva demanded to find them the light of piercing and the one who gets the light will be considered supreme. Vishnu took the form of a pig and dug to find the tip and Lord Brahma boarded it to find the tip.

The building’s construction year is unknown. This temple has been mentioned in many ancient scripts and there are many myths also. The temple was destroyed by the invaders and then a Gujarati trader rebuilt it in the 15th century. During the reign of Akbar in the 16th century, the temple was destroyed and rebuilt. Since Akbar’s father-in-law, Man Singh constructed the temple.

In the 17th century, the temple was destroyed by Aurangzeb and a mosque was constructed on the spot. Remnants of the ancient temple can be seen right behind the mosque. Many rulers tried to destroy the mosque and build the temple but failed. Later in the 18th century, the temple was built near the mosque. Many kings from different parts of the world donated money and statues in the temple. This temple was managed by the kings of Varanasi and is now under the control of the Government of India. There are several temples in the temple premises of the main temple, there is a gender (Shiva’s form), which is 60 centimeters long, placed in the silver altar.

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