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Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

Kasha Vishwanath Temple is one of the prominent Hindu Temple Dedicated to Lord Shiva, located in Varanasi of Uttar Pradesh State of India. Temple is situated in western shores of River Ganga. Kashi Vishwanath Temple is one of Jyotirlingas, the holiest of Shiva Temple. The Jyotirlinga Shrines are places where Shiva appeared as a fiery column of light. The domes of Temple are plated with Gold which was donated by the Sikh Maharaja Ranjit Singh.

The temple has been mentioned in Hindu scriptures in long time ago as a central part of worship in the Shiva philosophy. Temple has been damaged and constructed again in number of times. The last structure was destroyed by Aurangzeb, the sixth Mughal emperor who constructed the Gyanvapi Mosque on its site. The current structure was built on an adjacent site by the Maratha ruler, Ahilya Bai Holkar of Indore in 1780.

Every year according to the tradition, devotees carried the idols of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati in a 'palaki' from the Kashi Vishwanath Temple. Blowing conch, damru and other musical instruments, the devotees went to the shrine of Kashi Vishwanath Temple and offered gulal and rose petals to the deities.

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