The Vishwanath Temple
Vishwanath temple in which is enshrined the jyotirlinga( shiva lingum which represents shakti and shiva) of Shiva the destroyer or Vishweshwara is situated on the ganga ghats in varanasi.Devotees visit there to attain Moksha.
Image of Shiva the hindu god in the Temple in benares is allowed entry only twice a year.The mandir of Annapurna (Goddess of food ) is also inside the temple premises.
The biggest festival is annakuta which is celebrated next day of Diwali.Mountain of sweets are prepared and distributed to Devotess.
This jyotirlinga Temple has been visited by Adi Shankaracharya , Gurunanak , Ramkrishna Paramhansa , Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati and believers of shiva hinduism .
The Kashi temple in Varanasi was built by Maharani Ahilyabai Holker of Indore.Golden Temple was constucted by The Punjab Kesari Maharaja Ranjeet Singh .
The day starts at the temple at 3.00 a.m. with Mangla Aarati of shiva lingam stone after takig a bath at river ganga in varanasi .There is an entrence fees ticket of INR 151 for the same.
Then follows Rudrabhishek and Maharudra at the temple.For which fees amount is INR 21000.
There is also a long term Pooja scheme.
(Annual Pooja scheme is for Amount INR 11000 .)
Temple closes at 11 p.m.
Only Hindus are allowed inside the kashi golden temple.But for special cases , foreigners are also allowed.
Gyan vapi well inside the temple premises , Gyan vapi which means well of truth . The original Shiva lingum is said to be placed inside the well.
This is the photo of Kashi temple information center in the main Gali(alley-way) near varanasi ganga ghats. Mr Pathak who is the Mukhya Karyapalak Adhikari sits here on the second floor.
Some of the important festivals are Annakuta ,to dramatize Goddess Annapurna role in providing food .Kasi Annapurna is one of the Shakti peethas.
Only vsiting this temple town can answer your question ,what is Shiva and about the story of Shiva? Bacause Varanasi is the place where Shiva lives.
Theere are other temples in Varanasi named after all 108 names of shiva.Like Tripurari bhirav, kaal Bhairav,Bhooteshwara,Mahamrityunjaya,Vishalaksha.
return from Vishwanath Temple to beni madhav ka darera
Return from jyotirlinga temple to Aghori
Return from Kashi Vishwanatha to Varanasi tourist place
return from Vishwanatha Temple to Gautama Buddha
Return from Vishwanath temple to varanasi tours package
Return from Vishwanath temple to Hindu Meditation