The Kashi Vishwanath temple is located in the heart of the cultural capital of India, Varanasi. It stands on the western bank of India's holiest river Ganges. The Kashi Vishwanath temple is the center of faith for millions of Hindus. The Jyotirlinga of Shiva, Vishweshwara or Vishwanatha, is enshrined in the Kashi Vishwanath temple, considered as one of the holiest temples of India. In Hindu religion it is believed that a simple glimpse of the Jyotirlinga is a soul-cleansing experience that transforms life and puts it on the path of knowledge and Bhakti (devotion). A single darshan of Vishweshwara Jyotirlinga is considered to merit more than the darshan of other jyotirlingas, scattered in various parts of India. The Kashi Vishwanath Temple has been a living picture of the timeless cultural traditions and highest spiritual values.
The Kashi Vishwanath Temple attracts Hindu devotees and other visitors
not only from India but also the world over. Lord Vishwanath is
considered the supreme repository of the spiritual truth and strengthens
the bonds of universal brotherhood. Late Maharani Ahilya Bai Holkar of
Indore built the temple in the present shape, way back in 1780. In the
year 1785, a Naubatkhana was built up in front of the Temple at the
instance of Governor General, Warren Hastings. In 1839, two domes of the
Temple were covered by gold, donated by Maharaja Ranjeet Singh, the
ruler of Punjab. The management of the Kashi Vishwanath temple rests
with a trust.
The Vishwanath temple opens daily at 2.30 A.M. for Mangala Aarti and
between 3 to 4 A.M. ticket holders are permitted to join. The timing of
general Darshan is from 4 to 11 A.M. The timing for midday Bhog Aarti is
from11.30 to 12 A.M. Between 12 noon to 7 P.M., general devotees are
free to have Darshan. From 7 to 8.30 P.M. the Sapta Rishi Aarati is held
after which Darshan is possible again till 9 P.M. At 9 P.M. the
Shringar/Bhog Aarati starts and after that Darshan is possible only from
outside. Shayana Aarti starts at 10.30 P.M. and the temple closes at 11
P.M. Most of the offerings at the Kashi Vishwanath temple are given to
The Kashi Vishwanath temple of Varanasi is one of the holiest and most venerated temples of India.