Durga Temple, Varanasi

Durga Temple

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in Varanasi
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15 Ratings & 8 Reviews

About Durga Temple

    • Not Allowed: Pets
    • Timings - Opening & Closing: Monday - Friday: 4.00 AM - 9.00 PM , Saturday: 4.00 AM - 9.00 PM , Sunday: 4.00 AM - 9.00 PM , Public Holidays: 4.00 AM - 9.00 PM

Durga Temple, dedicated to Goddess Durga, is one of the popular temples, which is also known as the monkey temple. Constructed during 18th century by a Bengali Maharani, the temple possesses North Indian or Nagara style of architecture.

Housing a multi-tiered shikhara, the temple is located on a rectangular tank, which is often called as the Durga Kund.

According to the legend, the idol in the temple is not made by man but appeared on its own. It is believed that Goddess Durga has protected this place for many centuries and the holy city from the South.

The temple is known with the name of monkey temple as tourists can spot number of monkeys in the vicinity of the temple area. The temple during the celebrations of Navratri and other auspicious occasions sees a huge number of devotees.

Another prominent location named Durga Ghat is located in close vicinity of the temple. Being one of the well known ghats in Varanasi, Durga Ghat was built by a saintly person, Narayana Diksit in 1772. The ghat also houses a small temple dedicated to Kharva Narsimha.

What travellers are saying about Durga Temple

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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  Below 1hr
Facilities available
  • Food available for purchase
  • Bathroom facilities
  • Camera/Video allowed
  • Wearing of shoes/footwear allowed
  • Lockers/Storage

1 Video Reviews for Durga Temple

Rahul Verma

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  • Rahul Verma
  • Lives in Jaipur
  •  331 helpful votes
  • Posted Jan 27, 2016
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Anuradha Agrawal

  • Tourist
  • Anuradha Agrawal
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 70 photos
  • 18 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  6506 readers

"Aso known as monkey Temple"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Apr 28, 2016
Durga Temple, alias monkey temple is towards the Benaras Hindu University end of Varanasi, Durga Mandir, Tulsi Manas Mandir and Sankat Mochan are in one straight line.

Relatively small, dirty like most of the Benaras temples the temple boasts of a majestic idol. It is more of a place of religious faith than of tourist interest.
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Ananth Pranesh

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  • Ananth Pranesh
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 118 photos
  • 95 Reviews
  •  298 helpful votes
  •  75009 readers

"Durga Temple in the heart of city"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jan 15, 2016
Durga Temple is in the heart of the city of Varanasi. It has a main Durga shrine. It also has shrines for Hanuman and Chand Bhairav. Next to the temple, is a pond known as Durga Kund and the area is named as Durga Kund area. Temple is quite clean and well-organized.
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Saurabh Gupta

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  • Saurabh Gupta
  • Lives in Varanasi
  • 1 photo
  • 3 Reviews
  •  380 readers

"Famous one"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Dec 13, 2015
The temple afford Durga, was most famous and a lot of epic of their history, Jal Kund and their redfish also attention point. Mans Mandir is walking distance of Durga Mandir.
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Sumit Sen

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  • Sumit Sen
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 123 photos
  • 556 Reviews
  •  222 helpful votes
  •  330409 readers

"Where myths come alive"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Nov 26, 2015
Durga Mandir in Varanasi is an age old temple dedicated to goddess Durga. The architecture of the temple is intriguing. There is a pond by the temple which is beautiful. It is also believed that the idol in the temple appeared on its own.
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Mukesh Singh

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  • Mukesh Singh
  • Lives in Mathura
  • 27 Reviews
  •  17 helpful votes
  •  8148 readers

"Average place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Oct 9, 2015
The site is good enough to be enjoyed because there is a pond near the temple in which people use to feed Fishes. The most good thing is that there is a shopping mall near this site.
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Pritesh Mehta

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  • Pritesh Mehta
  • Lives in Baroda
  • 53 photos
  • 512 Reviews
  •  267 helpful votes
  •  344326 readers

"Good-looking temple"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 25, 2015
This temple is located in Ramnagar in Varanasi. It is very old temple. This temple is dedicated to Maa Durga. This building is built of square shape. It is built with stone and near a pond. It is very good looking and very ancient temple.
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Ravindra Katakam

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  • Ravindra Katakam
  • Heritage seeker
  • Lives in Vadodara
  • 7 Reviews
  •  11 helpful votes
  •  1914 readers

"Must visit for travellers"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jun 6, 2015
Travellers must see the Durga temple & Shakti peeth temple of Vishalakshi temple. The temples are not maintained properly to compare the other Goddess Durga mata / Shiva temples.
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  • A S
  • Cityslicker
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 451 Reviews
  •  2217 helpful votes
  •  644181 readers

"Monkey Temple"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Apr 21, 2014
As the name goes, watch out for monkeys here. Try not to carry anything especially not something edible because monkeys can attack you. This places is very crowded with devotes most of which are monkeys (pun not intended). The main deity here is Durga whose idol is situated in a rectangular kund but it is more famous because of its monkey.
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