Kashi Vishwanath Temple

Currently Open [Closes at 11:00 am]
  • Address: Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001, India
  • Timings: 03:00 am - 11:00 am Details
  • Phone: +91-5422392629
  • Ticket Price: 251 INR
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Religious Site, Temple, View Point

About Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Varanasi

Feel close to God when you are in a temple. Feel blessed to be there and carry this closeness when you return home to your everyday life. Your presence at the temple will give you a clearer sense of purpose and peace. Visit and revel in the history of Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi and receive spiritual perspective.

Kashi Vishwanath Temple is also known as the Golden Temple dedicated to the Lord Shiva. In ancient times a beautiful city was built where the rivers Varana and Asi joined the Ganges. Thus the city was named Varanasi. The local tribe called Kasha lived there, so Varanasi was also known as Kashi. Ganges is considered a holy river by Hindus and it flows in the shape of a bow near Varanasi. The main deity in the temple is known as Vishwanatha or Vishweshwara meaning Ruler of the universe. This temple town claims to be the oldest living city in the world with 3500 years of documented history.

The temple is the central part of worship in Shiva philosophy. The temple faced a lot of challenges in history and the current structure was built by the Maratha monarch, Ahilya Bai Holkar of Indore. The gold used to cover the two domes of the temple was donated by Maharaja Ranjeet Singh, the ruler of Punjab. Since 1983 the temple has been managed by the Uttar Pradesh government.

Inside the temple is the Jyotirlinga of Shiva. A Jyotirlinga is a devotional object representing Lord Shiva. Jyoti means radiance and lingam is the sign of Lord Shiva. It is the Radiant sign of the Almighty. In the Hindu religion, a glimpse of the Jyotirlinga is a soul cleansing experience. It plays a very significant part in the spiritual history of India. It transforms life and puts you in the path of knowledge and devotion. The Kashi Vishwanath Temple Aarti and Kashi Vishwanath Darshan are very popular amongst the Hindu devotees from all over India and abroad. It attracts foreigners as well.

Kashi Vishwanath Temple Information

  • Deposit your camera, mobiles and all electronic items at the counter.
  • There are two security checks before you enter.
  • The entry gate and exit gates are separate, ask the officials for help.
  • Some of the Aartis can be booked online, please carry a print out.
  • It is always crowded, so be patient.
  • Go with the guide to fully understand the architecture of the place and also the historical importance of the place.
  • The approach lanes are crowded, dirty, narrow and full of hawkers trying to sell you their wares.

Kashi Vishwanath Temple Ticket Prices

  • Free entry to the temple.
  • Donations are welcome.
  • Aarti has different prices. Check official website for details.

Kashi Vishwanath Temple Opening and Closing Hours

  • Mangala Aarti: 3 am – 4 am
  • General Darshan: 4 am-11 am
  • Bhog Aarti: 11:15 am – 12:20 pm
  • Shayana Aarti: 10:30 pm – 11 pm
  • Sandhya Aarti: 7 pm – 8:15 pm
  • Shrinagar Aarti: 9 pm – 10:15 pm

How To reach Kashi Vishwanath Temple by Public Transport

  • If you are wondering how to reach Kashi Vishwanath Temple then know that Autorickshaws and walking are the preferred modes of transport.

Restaurants Near Kashi Vishwanath Temple

  • Blue Lassi: Indian
  • Lotus Lounge: Continental
  • The place Ngo Outlet cafe: Cafe, Indian, Contemporary
  • Shree cafe Vegetarian Restaurant: Indian, Continental

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Things to Know Before Visiting Kashi Vishwanath Temple

  • 95% of people who visit Varanasi include Kashi Vishwanath Temple in their plan

  • 59.97% of people start their Kashi Vishwanath Temple visit around 02 AM - 03 AM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Kashi Vishwanath Temple

Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday

78.71% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Kashi Vishwanath Temple

People normally club together Sarnath and Narad Ghat while planning their visit to Kashi Vishwanath Temple.

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Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Varanasi Reviews

  • Beautiful temple, taking photographs inside the temple is not Allowed, can the pictures from outside, very nice temple, Beautiful architecture inside and outside. Should visit once in life time, highly recommended. Nice place to show it to your parents and grandparents.

  • A very old and famous temple. But they don't allow you to carry mobiles, bags, smart watch, coconuts etc inside the temple. Although you can always keep your valuables inside the lockers available at vendors, just remember to buy some prasad from them... 😜 Many public transport are also available to the temple from most of the locations. On the walkway you will find local shops of sweets, sarees, cosmetics. Also remember, although not official but they would suggest non Hindus to not visit the temple.

  • One of the most popular temples in India. Enormously crowded. Do not let your religion win over rationale, and please have a hearty breakfast before going for the obligatory morning puja here. Catching hold of a 'panda' is advised. Mobiles, wallets and metal items are not allowed inside the temple premises. Lockers are available to safely deposit them.

  • There's usually a queue. So it's better to start off early. You aren't allowed to carry phones inside. So you can keep the phones in lockers along with your slippers. Few of These please don't charge for this service, but you need to buy prasad from them as compensation. Either ways you end up paying

  • A a bit of walk from the main road. The security is tight and large bags and mobile phones are not allowed inside the temple premises. Best to travel to the temple with just your purse. You need to leave your footware outside and from our experience, the closer you get to the temple, the cheaper it gets. There are lockers to store your stuff in the shops lining the cobbled path to the temple. Two fold security check before you get to the temple. If you're travelling by car, the best is to keep the car parked and travel in one of the battery operated rickshaws.

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