One of the most famous temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, Kashi Vishwanath Temple is holiest place holding some of the most interesting facts. Standing on the Western bank of the holy river Ganga, it is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas. Take a look at some facts that are not known by many.
Tumultuous History of Kashi
According to records the temple was found in 1490. Kashi has seen the rule of many kings both famous and not so famous. Few of us know that it was also ruled by Buddhists for some time. The city on the banks of Ganges has seen its share of slaughter and destruction. The temples were plundered time and again by the Mughals. The original temples were re-built, then destroyed and re-built.
The Construction of the temple
Mughal Emperor Akbar gave permission to build the original temple, which was later destroyed by Aurangazeb.
The Great Rani Ahilya Bai Holkar Built the Present temple
The Kashi Vishwanath temple was last rebuilt and restored to its glory by the Queen of Indore, Rani Ahilya Bai Holkar. She took the initiative to restore the temple and also provided the funds for it. Aurangzeb had destroyed the temple and built a mosque in its place.
Kashi Vishwanath is revered as one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Shiva. It is also said that Lord Shiva actually stayed here for some time. Kashi has been derived from the word KAS, which literally means to shine.
The Golden Chatra
The temple has a golden chatra on top. It is believed that any wish is fulfilled if it is made after seeing the chatra.
First Ray of Light
It is believed that when the earth was created the first ray of light fell on Kashi. There are legends that believe that Shiva had actually stayed here for some time. Shiva is supposed to the guardian of the city and its people.]
Legend of the GyaanaVapi or Well of Wisdom
It is said the when news reached of Aurangzebs plans to destroy the temple, the idol of Shiva was hidden in a well to protect it from the destruction. The well still stands there between the mosque and the temple. Be sure to see it next time you go to pray at this majestic site.