Varanasi, the timeless city of Lord Shiva has been the symbol of our profoundly rooted spiritual culture which has attracted the entire world. Numerous historical and culturally significant religious sites can be found in Varanasi, Famous ghats are set of steps descending to the water. Banaras also known as Kashi or Varanasi is regarded as one of the world's oldest cities.
The temples of Varanasi immediately spring to mind when discussing culture, heritage, and history, particularly among Hindus. The city's magical and historical legends, beautiful temples, and delicious cuisine have brought it widespread renown.
Shri Kashi Vishwanath Shrine
Located on the western side of the Ganges River in Varanasi, next to the well-known Dashashwamedha Ghat is where you'll find the Kashi Vishwanath Temple. This is a Jyotirlinga temple, one of only 12 in the globe. The god Shiva, also known as Vishwanatha, "the king of the cosmos," is worshipped here at this temple.
Annapurna Devi Shrine
Annapurna is a manifestation of Parvati, and this temple is her shrine. The shrine is home to a golden statue of Maa Annapurna, who locals believe protects them from hunger. Bhavani Devi is another name for it. The Nagara architectural style was used to construct the Annapurna Devi Temple by the Maratha Peshwa Baji Rao in 1729.
Temple of Kaal Bhairav
It is widely held that Kaal Bhairav is Lord Shiva's most terrible guise. One of the city's first religious structures, this Shiva temple dates back to the 17th century. The city's safety can be assured by visiting this sacred site. Kaal Bhairava, the city's alleged defender and the name for its heavenly protector, is the subject of several stories. People of Varanasi traditionally pray to the deity for protection before setting off from the city. Anyone who wishes to stay in Varanasi safely must first visit the Kaal Bhairav temple and receive permission from Kaal Bhairav.
Temple of Vishalakshi
The Vishalakshi Temple is considered to be among the holiest sites in all of Varanasi. After Sati died in the flames, the Hindu god Shiva took her charred remains with him as he traveled the cosmos. Lord Vishnu dismembered the Goddess Sati to appease Lord Shiva. The 51 pieces of her body that fell to Earth are now holy shrines (Shakti Peeth) where worshippers from all over the world pay their respects to the deity. It is believed that her earring fell off in Manikarnika, and a temple dedicated to it can be visited at the Manikarnika ghat, also called the Miraghat.
Temple of Kanaka Durga\
One of the most important temples to visit in Varanasi is the Kanaka Durga Temple. An intriguing mythology surrounds the shrine. Known colloquially as the "Monkey Temple," this temple is a stunning representation of the Nagara architectural style, typical of northern India and characterized by soaring spires of varying heights.