Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
The legend behind the Kashi Vishwanath Temple can be traced back to Shiv Purana, which states that once an argument cropped up between Lord Brahma (the creator of life) and Lord Vishnu (the operator of life), over ‘who is more powerful/important’. Lord Shiva, the most powerful of the trinity, intervened to resolve this conflict. He manifested himself as the ‘Jyotirlinga,’ the sacred seat of the omnipotent and omniscient light, and permeated through the three worlds. The two conflicting Lords, Brahma and Vishnu, competed with each other to find the end of this invincible light. Lord Brahma, bent on defeating Lord Vishnu, lied about having found the end of the light at which Lord Vishnu gave up. Lord Shiva, having seen through it all, got furious and cursed Lord Brahma that he would have no relevance in Hindu religious worship and rituals, while Lord Vishnu would be revered greatly. It is the proud presence of one of the 12 Jyotirlingams in the Kashi Vishwanath Temple that draws countless pilgrims to this sacred centre of religion and spirituality to seek the blessings of Lord Shiva.
The pious festival of Mahashivratri is the biggest day for the devotees of Lord Shiva at this temple. On this prominent occasion when Lord Shiva is believed to have married goddess Parvati, the devotees carry a procession of the well decorated idols of the God couple. They offer milk, bhang-dhatura, flowers, coconuts, fruits etc. to the idol of the deity and the Shiva Lingam and sing hymns in exaltation of Lord Shiva
Makar Sankranti is another auspicious day that Hindu religion followers hold in high regard. On this special day, the devotees take a bath in the sacred Ganga and offer prayers to the Sun and to the deity of the temple to get blessings.
Akshya Tritiya is the auspicious day that is celebrated by many Hindu devotees who have faith that this day brings good luck and prosperity to their lives. Devotees offer their sincere prayers and offerings at the temple on this day to achieve good fortune.
Rangbhari Ekadashi also known as Phalgun Shukla Ekadashi is celebrated with immense religious fervor and cheer by devotees, commemorating the day when Lord Shiva had come to Kashi with his wife goddess Parvati for the first time.
Devotees on this lovely day, take a tour of Kashi Nagri carrying the procession of the God couple and celebrate holi with each other before worshipping them heartily at the temple
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