Day begins early at the famous Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi as Mangala Aarti is performed between 3:00- 4:00 am. Devotees consider it to be blessing to be a part of the Aarti celebrations and ensure their presence in the same.
The significance of the temple increases from the fact that it is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas in the country. The temple takes its name from Kashi, as the city is famously called owing to its 3500 years of documented history.
The temple located within the bylanes of Varanasi can be approached through Vishwanath lane.
Legend associated with Kashi Vishwanath temple
As mentioned in Shiva Purana, once Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu had an argument on the issue of their supremacy in creating the world. Lord Shiva decided to test them and pierced the world as a pillar of light with no ends. Both Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma decided to locate the ends upwards and downwards.
They however could not locate the end and eventually Lord Brahma lied to Lord Shiva that he had found the end. Lord Vishnu meanwhile conceded his defeat.
Lord Shiva thereafter appeared as a column of light or Jyotirlinga and gave the boon to Lord Vishnu that he would be worshipped eternally. Of all the twelve Jyotirlinga in which Lord Shiva appeared as a column of light, one falls at Varanasi and it is here that the famous Kashi Vishwanath temple is located.
Kashi Vishwanath Temple
History of Kashi Vishwanath temple
The temple has been rebuilt several times during its total existence. It was build for the first time in 1490 and thereafter destroyed by the Mughal invaders who plundered the region. The credit for building the Kashi Vishwanath temple in its present shape goes to Rani Ahilya Bai Holkar of Indore. She build the temple in 1777.
Relevance of Kashi Vishwanath Temple
Kashi Vishwanath temple is one of the holiest shrines in Hinduism and it is considered auspicious to visit the temple once in a lifetime. Visiting the temple once in a lifetime along with a bath in the holy Ganges is considered to put one firmly on the path of Moksha. It is also believed that if one dies at the temple Lord Shiva takes upon himself to ensure that the devotees attain the path of salvation.
Aarti timings at Kashi Vishwanath temple
Kashi Vishwanath temple is open throughout as 5 Aartis are performed to appease the Lord. These are Mangala Aarti from 3:00 to 4:00 am in the morning, Bhog Aarti from 11:15 am to 12:20, Sandhya Aarti from 7:00 to 8:15 pm, Shringar Aarti from 9:00 pm...