Kashi Vishalakshi Devi Temple, Vishalakshi Gauri Temple
Uttar Pradesh, Varanasi
The devotees of Vishalakshi in the south of the country are believed to have aided in the renovation of the temple.
Mythology believes the Vishalakshi temple as one of the Shaktipeethas. When Lord Shiva's wrath at the death of his wife Sati manifested as the Tandava which would destroy the Universe, Lord Vishnu's Sudarshan chakra cut her corpse into pieces which scattered around the subcontinent. It is believed that the Goddess' earrings fell where the temple of Vishalakshi stands today.This temple is part of famous Kashi - Varanasi, Sha...View more
tipeethas and Saptapuri Yatra.
The narrow lanes near Meer Ghat in the holy city of Varanasi, leads to the Vishalakshi temple built in South Indian architectural style. The Gopuram at the entrance has elaborate carvings. The temple has an array of Shivlingams around it. The four pillars in front of the main shrine are adorned with colourful sculptures. The Garbhagriha has two idols of Goddess Vishalakshi- a smaller black stone idol called Adi Vishalakshi, which is believed to b...View more
the original idol on left back side and another black stone image, adorned with flowers and jewels, installed at a later date.
Devotees are advised to wear clean and conservative attire.
The city of Varanasi believed to be found by Lord Shiva himself is closely associated with many stories of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. The place is the most revered site in the country with its many temples, ashrams and ghats. Cremation and rites for the departed are conducted in many of these Ghats.
The priests perform regular puja and rituals to the deity. Aarti are held in the morning and evening.
Flowers , Ganga jal, clothes
The goddess is especially worshipped by unmarried girls and childless couples. Kanya Puja is performed by the devotees during the month of Aswin.
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