In Kasi, after visiting Durga temple, we went to Sankata Moksha Hanuman temple. Here, the devotees offer Prasad and Sindoor on the statue to the Lord Hanuman, which is sealed in the campus of the temple. They also decorate the idol of the Lord Hanuman with the flower garland. The temple of the Sankat Mochan has unique feature by having the idol of Lord Hanuman in front of his Lord Rama. According to Astrology, Hanuman saves human beings from the anger of the planet Shani, and especially people who have an ill-placed Saturn in their horoscopes visit this temple for astrological remedies.
Our next place of visit is Kavadai amman temple. Here, we have to offer 5 kavadai or choli to the Goddess along with flowers. The priest keeps them in front of Her. It is believed that She takes our misfortune and grants good luck to us. The priest gives back one kavadai to us, for keeping in our pooja room.
Finally, we returned to our room. After, having tea, we started by auto to the famous Kashi Viswanath temple. As the crowd was more, the automan dropped us at a place about two KM from the temple. The guide took us through many narrow lanes. We almost ran behind him, in the traffic. First, he took us to the famous Visalakshi Amman temple. The Vishalakshi Temple or Vishalakshi Gauri Temple is dedicated to the goddess VishalakshiMaa, meaning wide eyed Devi. It is located at Mir Ghat. This temple is among the 52 Shakthi Peetams, and is part of the famous triad of temples – Kanchi Kamakshi, Madurai Meenakshi and Kashi Visalakshi. When Adi Shankaracharya visited the temple, he performed prayers to replenish the powers of the temple, which had borne the brunt of several invasions. He also installed a Sri Yantram and it is to this Yantram that puja is done. Kumkumarchana to this Sri Yantram is considered very auspicious.
Next, we went to have the darshan of the famous Kasi Viswanathar. It is one of the twelve Jyothirlingas, the holiest of Shiva temples. Vishveshvara meaning Ruler of The Universe. Kasi Vishwanath Temple is one of the most famous temple in Varanasi, also known as the Golden temple dedicated to the Lord Shiva. It was constructed in the year 1780 by the Maratha monarch, Maharani Ahilyabai Holkar of the Indore. This makes Varanasi a tourists place because of great religious importance to the Hindus. True devotees of the Lord Shiva get freedom from the cycle of the death and birth. After death they directly intermingled into the Mahadev. People beliefs that the one who decided to end their life at the temple, Lord Shiva himself drive a mantra of freedom in his ear.
We had to walk and stand in queue for a long time again. The crowd was much more as went near and the police people simply pushed away all the devotees, before having the darshan of God. They could have allowed to stand there atleast for a few seconds. We stood at a distance and tried to see the Lord, again & again. Many people of our group came again on the next day, to have the darshan, once again. We thought that Lord Viswanathar will call us once again to visit Him, after some years.
I will continue the details of the visit in my next blog.