In Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, close to Panchganga ghat is where one can find Mangla Gauri Temple.
05.00AM to 01.00PM and 03.00PM to 10PM
The existing main temple was built on a hillock, ‘Mangalagauri hill'(or on ‘Bhasmakoot Parvat’), where the temple faces the east. To have you visiting the goddess, you have to cover a flight of steps(assumed two hundred steps), or a motorable route can lead you there. In front of the temple, there locates a little hall or mandap. A fire pit is housed outside the courtyard where Homas and Havans are done. Several beautiful sculptures are carved on the walls of the sanctum. The shrine’s entrance door is so small in size that devotees have to incline to enter. The garbha griha(sanctum sanctorum) has two parts: the ‘Sabhamandir’ and the ‘sanctum sanatorium’. A flame named an ‘Akhand Deep’ is kept lighted up inside the temple for the whole day. For the devotees, this ‘Akhand Deep’ is very consecrated just by its darshan(visiting). It is a belief to the devotees that the ‘Akhand Deep’ has been burning since the establishment of the main temple and has never gone off. The main temple has two rounded stones symbolising Goddess Sati’s breasts. The temple is adorned with red churni. Two small shrines are dedicated to Lord Shiva and Mahishasura Mardini, Durga and Dakshina Kali. Four more temples are located in the Mangla Gauri Temple of Lord Ganesha, Maa Kali, Lord Shiva as a ‘Shivlingam’ with ‘Nandi’ outside and Lord Hanuman. At the starting point of climbing up the hillock, a remarkable and unforgettable temple of ‘Bhima'(one of the five Pandava brothers) is there. A knee impression is there, which the locals claim belongs to him when he did shraddha-karma and familiarised as ‘Bhimvedi Gaya’ later.
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