Keshava Aditya Temple
Timings of Temple
6:00AM to 12:00 noon and 4:00PM to 10:00PM
Keshava Aditya temple has a religious story behind it. it is about a day when Lord Surya noticed Lord Vishnu [Adi Keshava] worshipping Shiv Ling while rambling around the sky. he saw a rare view, when Adi Keshava being the Preserver and guardian of men, protects the order of things and worshipping the other lord.
out of curiosity, he asked Lord Vishnu, why does he worship Lord Shiva. when the entire world regards Lord Vishnu as Antaratma, the latter should be worshipped.
To his question lord, Vishnu gently stated that in Kashi Kshetra Lord Shiva is the supreme Lord and he should be worshipped by everyone. he told him about the importance of worshipping Lord Shiva. Lord Vishnu extensively enlightens the objectives of Linga Pooja in Kashi. it is believed that still one can see Lord Vishnu’s feet marks there.
A devotee who performs Abhishek of a Shiv Ling and consumes the water as prasad gets the Punya of taking bath in all religious Teerths [sacred pond]. In Sanatan Dharm, it is considered a boon to visit all the religious teerths which are Ayodhya, Mathura, Maya (Haridwar), Kasi (Varanasi), and Kanchi (Kanchipuram), Avantika (Ujjain), and Dvaravati (Dwarka). Varanasi is one out of them.
Lord Vishnu advised Lord Surya to worship Lord Shiva in Ling form in Kashi, mentioned in Kashi Khand, Chapter 51. Lord Surya firmly agreed with Lord Vishnu and regarded him by accepting him as a guru for providing such religious knowledge, since then Lord Surya is known as ” Keshava Aditya”.
It is written in Kashi Khand that any devotee who takes bath in Padodak Teerth (Koop) and worships Keshava Aditya gets rid of all sins. Magh month (Jan 21-Feb 20) on any Saptami day [7th day] is considered to be an important period during a month for worshipping Keshava Aditya.
How to reach ?
By Train: Reach new Delhi railway station platform 13 catch your train Silchar Poorvottar Sampark Kranti Express 14038 towards Silchar get off at PT Deen Dayal Upadhyay junction change your train 03298 – Patna – Varanasi MEMU Express Special 03298 towards Varanasi Junction get off at Kashi which is 1.5km away from the temple. you can book a cab or take auto rikshaw. you can choose to walk by.
By Air: Varanasi airport is linked to multiple airports in cities.
By Bus: Catch a bus from nearby cities where the bus services are connected to Varanasi.