Durga Temple, Varanasi

Durga Temple

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Durga Temple
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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.

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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  Below 1hr
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4 traveller reviews for Durga Temple

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Amit Ghosh

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  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 340 Reviews
  •  12 helpful votes
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"Where myths come alive" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Yesterday
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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Pritesh Mehta

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  • Pritesh Mehta
  • Lives in Baroda
  • 42 photos
  • 340 Reviews
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"Good-looking temple"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
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
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  • Lives in Vadodara
  • 7 Reviews
  •  10 helpful votes
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"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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  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 451 Reviews
  •  2035 helpful votes
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"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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