Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Varanasi
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Kashi Vishwanath Temple

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About Kashi Vishwanath Temple

    • Not Allowed: Pets
    • Timings - Opening & Closing: Monday - Friday: 3.00 AM - 8.30 PM , Saturday: 3.00 AM - 8.30 PM , Sunday: 3.00 AM - 8.30 PM , Public Holidays: 3.00 AM - 8.30 PM

Kashi Vishwanath Temple is dedicated to the chief deity of city of Varanasi, Kashi Vishwanath. One of the incarnations of Lord Shiva, the temple was originally dedicated to Vishwanath Jyotirlinga, which is present within the temple premises. The Vishwanath Jyotirlinga at Varanasi is among the twelve Jyotirlingas of India having high religious significance.

The present shape of the temple was constructed by Late Maharani Ahilyabai Holkar, princess of Indore, in 1780. A Naubatkhana was built in front of the temple by Collector Mohammad Ibrahim Khan in 1785. The two beautiful domes of the temple were covered with gold donated by Punjab Kesari Maharaja Ranjeet Singh in 1839. However, at present, the third dome is uncovered and government authorities of Uttar Pradesh have shown keen interest for gold plating of the third dome of temple.

Overlooking the whole city of Kashi, the temple is located on the banks of holy river Ganges. A view of burning Vishwanath Jyotirlinga is considered to be the most sacred event by the natives of the destination. The temple was visited by many great saints including Ramkrishna Paramhansa, Swami Vivekanand, Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati, Goswami Tulsidas, Adi Shankaracharya and Gurunanak Dev.

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What travellers are saying about this Sightseeing

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  • Very Good 6
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  • Average 2
  • Below Average 2
  • Poor 0
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Travellers recommend
  • Best Time:  During Sunrise
  • Length of visit:  Below 1hr
Facilities available
  • Food available for purchase
  • Bathroom facilities
  • Camera/Video allowed
  • Wearing of shoes/footwear allowed
  • Lockers/Storage

28 traveller reviews for Kashi Vishwanath Temple

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Praveen
  • Praveen
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 2 Reviews

"Expensive outside stall" new review

  • 3.00/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Too much Security hampers the mood. Moreover you are pushed away as if unwanted without even allowing to have a Prayer and offer the offerings. The stalls outside take too much heavy price for the Puja material and inside, if you want to have few seconds then a 100 rupee note is a must.
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Robert Patriarch
  • Robert Patriarch
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 2 Reviews

"Spiritual mixing of soul with god"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Felt heavenly and experienced extraordinary supernatural source of energy that mesmerized the mind with the echo of the mantra and heat of the aarti was so pure that purified the deepest evil thoughts of my heart.
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Priyesh Dubey
  • Priyesh Dubey
  • Lives in Daltonganj
  • 4 Reviews

"Good devotional place to visit"

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
One of the 12 Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva. The temple is built at the Mughal period. It is covered with gold plate. You can touch the Jyotirlinga or Lord Shiva while worshipping, one advice to travellers while visiting temple keep your mobile gadgets, pen, belt either at hotel room or where u stayed. Otherwise you have to keep them on shop where you purchases Prasad. To see photography prohibited. Panda Pujari are available for help. But you must have to do all the worshipping through self. Crowd happens at the time of sawan.
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Ashok  Joshi
  • Ashok Joshi
  • Lives in Thane
  • 3 Reviews

"Visit temple in the evening"

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Temple is very old and is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga in India. Temple is located near river Ganga. Surrounding the main Shiva temple there are many small temples of different gods. One should visit temple in the evening as aarti at 7 pm is one of the worth witnessing.
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Ankit K
  • Ankit K
  • Lives in Varanasi
  • 1 Review

"Spectacular view"

  • 6.50/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Awesome temple with so much crowd. Look for the gold plates on the top of temple. Spectacular view of it in sun rays. Please be aware of mongers and pandas trying to sell you flowers for so much money.
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Drsanjay Lotlikar
  • Drsanjay Lotlikar
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 3 Reviews

"Huge crowd on Religious stay"

  • 5.00/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The place is congested as its surrounded by lot of building around it. One can at time get lost with so many small lanes. One should not be there on Monday and when there is some holy or religious day as the crowd will be huge. No mobile or electronic items are allowed and hence would advise people to leave their belongings at the hotel as the locker charges around are huge, they don't ask as locker charge but they make you take prasad worth 200 bucks.
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Angshuman Mukherjee
  • Angshuman Mukherjee
  • Lives in Bhopal
  • 4 Reviews

"The view of the Lord"

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
We visited the temple at night. We had to stand in a serpentine queue for entering the temple. Left our slippers at a shop before entering Annapurna temple and thereafter reached the Kashi Vishwanath temple. There was again a long queue inside and we waited for the Arati to complete. Finally we had the much awaited darshan of the Shiva linga.
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Ashish Mehrotra
  • Ashish Mehrotra
  • Lives in Varanasi
  • 5 Reviews

"Peaceful place"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Place is in 12 jyotirling and must to visit, the top of the temple is made of gold and temple in itself is great peace giving. Camera, mobile, knife etc are not allowed in the temple as for security reason. Locker facility available must take card after keeping goods.
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Ajay Verma
  • Ajay Verma
  • Lives in Ghaziabad
  • 4 Reviews

"Friendly people there, be careful with the crowd"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted Oct 11, 2014
Temple is so beautiful and secure by local police, local people are so friendly and helping nature. Crowd is present so be careful from pickpocket especially on Monday.
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Triptendu Chaudhury
  • Triptendu Chaudhury
  • 1 Review

"A good experience"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted Oct 9, 2014
The Temple is just awesome. I had to stand in a very short line to see the temple. There was also good security. overall, my experience was very good.
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