Embark on a sacred pilgrimage known as the Vishveshvara Antargriha journey, an integral part of the Panchakroshi Yatra. This profound ritual serves as both an essential introduction and a fitting conclusion to the larger pilgrimage, symbolizing the harmonious union of beginnings and endings, ultimately converging into a mandala of spiritual significance. The significance of this journey is so profound that it was meticulously outlined by James Prinsep in his renowned 1822 map of the City.
The Vishveshvara Antargriha journey holds such importance that approximately half of the pilgrims who undertake the Panchakroshi Yatra also embark on the Antargiha Yatra at various stages. Along this sacred route, you will encounter a total of 72 shrines and temples intricately connected to this transformative pilgrimage.
Pauranic Teerth Yatra
Immerse yourself in the profound symbolism and spiritual significance of the Vishveshvara Antargiha Yatra. Let the boundaries of this sacred territory guide you through a transformative journey, where the Ganga river, Gokarneshvara, Bharabhuteshvara, and Brahmeshvara become waypoints of divine communion. Embrace the opportunity to partake in this revered pilgrimage, allowing it to enrich your spiritual understanding and forge a deep connection with the divine presence that resides within and around us.
After Vinayak paved the way for his father, Lord Shiva made a grand entry into Kashi. Lord Shiva praised Vinayak for his deeds. The latter was called Dhundhi Vinayak.
Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple
Kashi Vishwanath Temple is one of the most famous temple in Varanasi, also known as the Golden temple dedicated to the Lord Shiva. Kashi Vishwanath Temple is located in the Vishwanath Gali and we will be visiting the temple through the Vishwanath Gali.
Annapurna temple is dedicated to the Annapurna or Annapoorna Mata, the Goddess of Food or the Goddess of Nourishment (Anna means food and Purna means complete or full), Mata Parvati.
According to Kashi Khand, besides Dhundhi Vinayak, there are fifty six Vinayaks at the places mentioned against respective deities.
Not far from Vishvanatha toward the Ganga river is the “Wide-Eyed goddess”, Vishalakhsi. She is one among the 52 Shakti Pithas. According to the Puranas, it was her eye (aksh) that fell here.
Manikarnika Ghat and Maha Samshannath
Significance of Manikarnika Ghat
Manikarnika Ghat is also famous by the name of Mahasmasana which is one of two cremation Ghats in the Varanasi. Another famous ghat of cremation is Harishchandra Ghat.
It is known as the most ancient temple of Varanasi located near the VishesharGanj. God KaalBhairav is believed to be the “Kotwal of Kashi”. Without his permission no one can even enter Kashi.
Embark on a sacred pilgrimage around the inner sanctum of Vishveshvara, known as the antargriha. As described in ancient texts, this revered territory is bounded by four significant landmarks: the Ganga River in the east, Gokarneshvara in the west, Bharabhuteshvara in the north, and Brahmeshvara in the south. Among the three antargihas, the Vishveshvara Antargiha holds greater prominence and is widely celebrated. Performing this sacred journey daily is prescribed, but if not possible, it is recommended at least once every fortnight or month, ensuring a deep connection with the divine.
Experience the spiritual significance of the Ganga River, Gokarneshvara, Bharabhuteshvara, and Brahmeshvara as you traverse the boundaries of Vishveshvara's inner sanctum. Let the pilgrimage nourish your soul, offering solace and communion with the divine. Embrace this transformative journey, guided by ancient wisdom and the teachings of the Puranic texts. Engage in the Vishveshvara Antargiha Yatra, allowing it to leave an everlasting imprint on your spiritual path, and ensuring spiritual renewal and connection with the sacred.