Shri Vishwanath Mandir also known as Vishwanath Mandir, Vishwanath Temple, New Vishwanath Temple and Birla Temple is one of the most famous temples and biggest tourist attractions in the holy city of Varanasi. The temple is situated in Benaras Hindu University and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Shri Vishwanath Mandir has the tallest temple tower in the world with the Vimana's height being around 250 feet.
Spreading the utmost divinity and fulfillment, the New Vishwanath Temple in BHU, is definitely worth visiting. The gigantic statue of the great Lord Shiva is the creation of perfect art and sculpting. Once you are at the place, no qualm remains in your heart. The feeling is definitely great when you come after giving a mindful visit.
New Vishwanath Temple is a Lord Shiva temple, consisting of nine temples within one temple. It is open to people from all castes, religions and religious beliefs. The Shiva temple is on the ground floor and the Lakshmi Narayan and Durga temples are on the first floor. Other temples within Shri Vishwanath Mandir are Nataraj, Mata Parvati, Lord Ganesha, Panchmukhi Mahadev, Lord Hanuman, Saraswati and Nandi. The entire text of Bhagavad Gita and extracts from sacred Hindu scriptures are inscribed with illustrations on the inner marble walls of the temple.
Shri Kashi Vishwanath Mandir, was destroyed (and reconstructed) several times; in 1194 by Qutb-ud-din Aibak, between 1447-1458 by Hussain Shah Sharqi and then in 1669 CE by Aurangzeb. In 1930s, Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya planned to replicate Shri Kashi Vishwanath Mandir in the campus of Benaras Hindu University. The Birla family undertook the construction and foundation was laid in March 1931. The temple (Shri Vishwanath Mandir) was finally completed in 1966.
Mata Parvati Temple. Beautifully constructed, Mata Parvati Temple is located within the complex of New Vishwanath Temple.
Lakshmi Narayan Temple. Another temple of Lakshmi Narayan, it leaves you mesmerizes with its artistic creation. The statues of Lakshmi and Narayan (God couple) is a great work of art.
Durga Temple. In the Durga Temple, you will see nine forms of Goddess Durga that have been adapted by the deity Parvati to destroy evil spirits.
Natraj Temple. The temple is dedicated to the Natraj, one of the forms of Lord Shiva. This temple has a great spirit to present such a strong form of Lord Shiva.
Street Shopping. Varanasi is one of the hubs for the Indian clothing industry specially Banarasi Saree.
The temple is open from 4 AM -11 PM.
Note: It is suggested that visiting the temple in the early morning can be suitable as at that time the temple witnesses less crowd.
Locals- The New Vishwanath Temple is located in the Banaras Hindu University Campus which holds a great laurels nationally and internationally. The city is well-connected with the other regions and areas. The regular buses, auto, and taxis can easily be hired.
Outsiders- The air-connection of the city is very accomplished. The nearby airport is Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport. Also, you can take the railway and the nearest railway station is Varanasi Railway Station.
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