Shri Kashi Vishalakshi Mata Shaktipeeth Temple, Kashi Lahori Tola Near Ganpati Guest House Meer Ghat, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001
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Aadi Shakti

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Restored by devotees of Tamil Nadu

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Restored in 1973

About Kashi Vishalakshi, Uttar Pradesh

Shaktipītha, literally meaning – the seat of power, in Indian subcontinent stand testament to the essence of this civilization, the civilization which put mother over God, this civilization where the mortal remains of a woman have been enshrined for ages, to remind every woman that within her lies a goddess too. The Shaktipīthas take us to a time that is beyond our comprehension; on the walls of each shaktipītha temple stories from every age are etched; and on its sacred earth sādhakas fulfill their Sādhanā till date. Shaktipīthas unify our country and diversify our culture. They've contributed immensely to the society that has bloomed around them and the propagation and perpetuation of different branches of philosophy within Hinduism. Shāktism has subsequently, through these Shaktipīthas, contributed immensely to the emancipation and upliftment of women.

Legend:
According to Hindu Purānas, the 51 Shaktipīthas were consecrated around the mortal remains of Sati, Shiva’s wife. According to oral traditions and written lore, Sati was the daughter of Daksha Prajāpati, who considered Shiva his rival. Sati being an incarnation of Ādi Shakti, despite Her father’s disagreement, married Shiva. To spite Shiva, Daksha organized a grand yajña, and invited all devatas, Brahma, Vishnu and other celestial beings, deliberately leaving out the invitations to His daughter and Shiva. Sati, being wilful and affectionate of Her father, insisted on attending the yajña, despite Shiva’s urging to not go. The result, as anticipated, was disastrous: Daksha Prajāpati, drunk on his arrogance, humiliated Sati in front of all present, by viciously insulting Shiva and disowning Sati. Sati’s indignant and enraged response to this grave offence was the sacrifice of Her own mortal
coil by self immolating through Her yogic powers; what followed was the unleashing of Mahādeva’s rage: a dance of terror which spared none in its path. Shiva danced the terrible tandav, holding Sati’ s charred body in his arms, which caused great cosmic chaos and forced Vishnu to intervene by blowing a discus into her body, and severing it into 51 pieces. Wherever a part of her body fell, the land became blessed and sacred. And
Shiva retreated into the icy caves of his abode, awaiting the return of his beloved.

History:
The original temple was destroyed by Muslim invaders. Any efforts to renovate the temple were brutally demolished throughout the centuries by the Islamic fundamentalists. During the British rule, a temporary raw structure was constructed which remained till post independence. The temple infrastructure was at the point of crumbling down during the 1970’s. In 1973, devotees from Tamil Nadu rose and took up the task to renovate the temple on their own. They funded the whole construction and  built a new temple at the site.

Architecture of Kashi Vishalakshi, Uttar Pradesh

Although situated in North India, the Kāshī Vishālākshī temple is a Dravidian style temple. Because it was renovated by Tamil Hindus. The temple entrance is a beautiful Gopuram with lion sculptures on both sides and a marble Gajalakshmi panel overhead. There are several Shivalingam inside the temple. There are two main statues in the temple. The first one being Ādi Vishālākshī, the original Murti in worship since centuries. And the second is of Pārvatī - two handed holding a lotus in right hand with the left hand in lolahastha mudrā. This sculpture of Pārvatī was installed by Tamils in 1970's after they renovated the temple.

How to reach Kashi Vishalakshi, Uttar Pradesh?

By Train: Nearest railway station – Varanasi
By Air: Nearest airport – Babatpur
By Bus: Buses available from all major cities in Uttar Pradesh

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6 am to 10 pm

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