One of the most sacred places of Hinduism in India, Kashi Vishwanath Mandir, is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Located on the banks of the Ganga River in Varanasi, it is also one of the twelve Jyotirlingas. The current structure of the Kashi Vishwanath temple has been rebuilt several times over the years and was built by Ahilya Bai Holkar in 1780. Read Patna Local Guide’s tips for your Varanasi Kashi Vishwanath temple darshan – aarti times, security precautions, dress code, the best time to visit, and how to get there.
Kashi Vishwanath Temple: Brief History and Importance
While Patna Local Guide understands that the Kashi Vishwanath Temple is temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, similar to everyone else in the country, we want you to be armed with information whenever you plan your next Varanasi trip to this serene Hindu place of worship.
Varanasi, one of the most sacred cities of Hinduism, is home to the venerable Kashi Vishwanath Temple. This temple has been an integral part of the practice of Shaiva philosophy for a long time. It is famous for its golden domes and Spiers and its statue of Nandi Bull.
The current structure, which has been destroyed and rebuilt several times, is located close to the original temple site. Hindus from all over the world try to visit the temple at least once in their life – the belief that the darshan temple and a dip in the Ganges will lead a devotee to Moksha.
Best time to visit Kashi Vishwanath Temple
The best time to visit Varanasi for a darshan temple is during the winter months between October and March. The climate, despite being cold in December and January, suits travelers, as most attractions are outdoors. If you don’t want to watch one of the arteries, it’s the best time to visit the temple to avoid long lines
Kashi Vishwanath Temple Darshan Timings: Pooja And Aarti timings
The temple opens at 1 pm. 2:30 pm every day. There are 5 Aartis in the Kashi Vishwanath Temple daily.
- 1. Mangala Aarti: 3 AM – 4 AM
- 2. Bhoga Aarti: 11.15 AM – 12.20 PM
- 3. Sandhya Aarti: 7.00 PM – 8.15 PM
- 4. Shringara Aarti: 9.00 PM – 10.15 PM
- 5. Shayana Aarti: 10.30 PM – 11.00 PM
- Visit Dashashwamedh Ghat, known for its proximity to the temple and the incredible Ganga Aarti.
- Visit Dhamek Stupa in Sarnath
- Explore the 1750 Ramnagar Fort on the eastern banks of the Ganga River
- Check out the Sarnath Museum for its archaeological objects from the 3rd century BC
- Be sure to visit the Gyanvapi Mosque, which shares a wall with the Kashi Temple.
Dress Code to Visit Kashi Vishwanath Temple Varanasi
The Kashi Vishwanath temple is one of the most respected Hindu temples in India. This temple is located in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, on the western bank of the Ganga and is home to one of the twelve Jyotirlingas. It is the most sacred of Shiva’s temples. Pilgrims usually gather here in large numbers during the festival season. After years of gentle dress code, the Holy Shrine now has a new dress code for devotees before entering the sanctum sanctorum. Devotees in Western attire will now not be able to touch humility in the Varanasi Kashi Vishwanath temple.
Devotees visiting the famous Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi must now be dressed in ‘kurta-dhoti’ or ‘saree’ if they want to touch the ‘shivalinga’ within the temple’s ‘garbha-griha’ (sanctum-sanctorum).
Those who use something else will only be able to see ‘shivalinga’ on the outside.
The temple management made a decision on the advice of Hindu scholars. UP’s Prime Minister of Religious Affairs Neelkanth Tiwari also gave his assent to the resolution and asked the temple administration to implement it.
The Kashi Vishwanath Temple is one of the 12 ‘Jyotirlingas’ (Shiva temples) in the country and attracts devotees from all over the world.
Upon entering the temple, police checkpoints are located in various places, and security procedures are strictly enforced with frequent refreshments. Visitors are not allowed and prohibited to take cell phones, cameras, metal buckles, shoes, cigarettes, and lighters to the temple grounds. Lockers are available and can be rented for a nominal fee.
Arriving at the Temple
Varanasi is an important and famous travel and tourism destination for pilgrimage and tourism and is very well connected to the rest of the country by road, train and air.
Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport is approximately 25 km from the city
How to reach Kashi Vishwanath Temple
Vishwanath Gali is the easiest and most developed passage to reach the Kashi Vishwanath temple. Varanasi has several train stations. While the Varanasi city station is just 2 km from the temple, the Varanasi intersection is about 6 km away. Varanasi has three major railway stations: Varanasi Junction, Mughal Sarai junction which is now known as Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhya Junction, about 8 km from Varanasi; and Manduadih Railway Station, about 4 km from Varanasi. Rajdhani Express, Shivaganga Express, Lok Manya Tilak Varanasi Express, Ganga Kaveri Express, Secunderabad Patna Express, Vibhuti Express, Howrah Jodhpur Express, Sangamitra Express, and Marudhra Express are some important trains to Varanasi from all over India.