Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple is one of the most well-known temples dedicated to Hindu God Lord Shiva. The temple is located at the Dasaswamedh Ghat in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India. It is closeby to the holy and pious river Ganges. Shri Kashi Vishwanath temple is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas in the world that is the most sacred and divine of Shiv temples.
The other names of Hindu God Shiva and Hindu God Vishnu are Vishwanath and Vishweshwara. So the meaning of the term is Lord of the Universe.
In olden times, Kashi was another name for the city of Varanasi. Therefore, Vishwanath Temple is called Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple or Kashi Vishwanath Temple.
The temple entirely revolves around Hindu God Lord Shiva. As per history, the temple has been demolished and rebuilt by many kings and rulers. Finally, the sixth Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb ordered the last knockdown of the structure. His full name was Muhi-ud-Din Muhammad. The emperor Aurangzeb established the Gyanvapi Mosque near the temple.
The Maratha ruler, Ahilya Bai Holkar of Indore, constructed the current structure of Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple in 1780. The world knows that India was regarded as the Golden Sparrow in history because of its richness. The Britishers mugged India and took everything to their country. The First Sikh Maharaja of India, Maharaja Ranjit Singh, donated 1-ton gold to make the domes of Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple.
Since 1983, the temple has been administered and governed by the local government, i.e., the government of Uttar Pradesh. Kashi Naresh, the Kashi king, was the main officiating priest during prominent religious occasions like Shivratri.
History of Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple
The temple is regarded as one of the twelve Jyotirlingas and is very significant to all. The Shivalinga had exhibited itself in the Vishwanath temple. The temple is ancient, and no one is aware of when precisely it was constructed. Several Puranas narrate the prominence of Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple. The Kashi Khanda part of Skanda Purana describes the Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple and its value.
Skanda Purana is the greatest Mahapurana in the world, and it includes eighteen Hindu religious texts. There are over 81,000 verses in the book of Skanda Purana. The name Skanda Purana has its origin from the Hindu God Shiva and Goddess Parvati’s son, who is also referred to as Kartikeya and Murugan. The first text of Skanda Purana prevails in this century. In modern times, Skanda Purana has existed in several versions. It is a living text used over many centuries in various ways, such as mythology, dharma, genealogy, encyclopedically, cover cosmogony, geography, temples, festivals, and gemology virtues and evil.
Various versions of the Skanda Purana text are also offered in many travel books. In addition, the comprehensive travel handbook contains detailed Tirth Mahatmya. These books are also called pilgrimage tourist guides. The books include pilgrimage centers such as Nepal, India, and Tibet with related moral tales, legends, melodies, and stories.
The Skanda Purana, also called Mahapurana, is credited to the Sage Vyasa.