Interesting facts about Kashi Vishwanath temple

The temple of Lord Shiva in Varanasi as Vishweshwara is revered and considered very holy by Hindus. The city of Varanasi is one of the ancient cities of the world. This city has a couple of other names like Benares and Kashi. Because of the name Kashi, the temple came to be known as Kashi Vishweshwar temple. Vishweshwar literally means the lord of the world.

The temple was originally built in times immemorial but after repeated attacks and demolitions by Muslim invaders, the current structure was constructed by Rani Ahilya Bhai Holkar in 1780. The original temple was destroyed by Qutb-ud-din-aibak when he defeated the Raja of Kannauj. This process of demolition and reconstruction went on for several times and Mughal emperor Akbar, who encouraged interfaith and was very secular got the temple re-built. But his great-grandson, Aurangzeb followed the tradition of the demolition of temples.

The Kashi Vishwanath temple has three domes covered with gold. It is believed that seeing this golden chattra would make all our dreams come true.

The temple is located on the western banks of the holy Ganges river which gives us more reasons to visit the temple. The temple is located in the current state of Uttar Pradesh, India.

It is mentioned in many books that Bhuvaneshwari Devi, the mother of Swami Vivekananda prayed Vishweshwara, as a consequent of which she had an image of Lord Shiva coming into her dream and telling that he himself is taking birth and is going to enter the world through her womb. There are many such stories that tell us the power of this temple.


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