Kashi Vishwanatha – Jyotirlinga
Kashi Vishwanath is as one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Shiva.
The Vishalakshi Temple is one of the 18 Shakti Peethas.
Main Deities: Vishwanath (Shiva), Visalakshi (Parvathi), Annapoorneswari (Parvathi) – goddess of food and Ganga (Parvathi) – the ganges river. Parvathi is consort of Lord Shiva.
- Vishalakshi Temple is dedicated to the Vishalakshi Maa (means wide eyed mother) or the Goddess Parvati, the consort of the Lord Shiva.
- Vishalakshi Temple is also known as the Vishalakshi Gauri Temple. It is a most famous Hindu temple located at the Meer Ghat on the bank of the holy River Ganges in the Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India.
- It is believed that a faithful attains salvation (Moksha) if they are able to see the Shivlingam.
- Annapurna is described as holding a golden ladle adorned with various kinds of jewels in Her right hand and a vessel full of delicious porridge in Her left. She is seated on a throne.
- There are nearly 300 ghats in this location.
- Varanasi (Kashi, Banaras) has also been a great center of learning for ages.
- The city is very famous for Banaras Sarees.
- Among the mukthi sthal of Kasi, it is considered the holiest place due to the combination of Lord Parama shiva, Goddesses Annapoorna Devi, Kasi Visalkshi and River Ganga.
- In Hindu tradition, people strongly believes that whoever give up their life in Kasi attains Moksha.
- The word ‘Anna’ means food and grains and ‘Purna’ means full or complete. It is believed that by worshiping this goddess one will never be out of food anytime in life. She is a form (avatar) of the Goddess Parvati, the consort of Lord Shiva and resides atop of Mount Annapurna. She is depicted with a jewelled vessel containing food in one hand and a spoon in the other to distribute the food to her devotees.
- Lord Shiva is normally depicted as begging for food to her with his skull begging bowl.
- Mata Sri Annapurneshwari Devi is the Goddess for the fourth day of Durga Navrathri.
- Goddess Annapoorna Devi (Bhavani Devi) is also the Supreme Goddess of the city of Kasi (now known as Varanasi), the city where moksha (freedom from the cycle of birth and rebirth) could be attained. She is also referred to as ‘the Queen of Varnasi’.
- The Birthday of this Goddess is observed as Annapurna Jayanti. This day falls on Margashirsha Purnima, the full moon day which falls in the month of Margashirsh.
- Kasi is the place which helps the physical body to manifest consciousness to its highest level. Even Lord Shiva had begged alms from Goddess Annapurna. She is the supreme energy of Lord Shiva for achieving perfection in knowledge and renunciation. Annapurna is another form of Goddess Parvati who grants nourishment. She is the life force of Shiva. He is incomplete without Goddess Annapurna. To attain perfection in wisdom and renunciation, Shiva seeks her nourishment.
- Security arrangements do not allow any cell phones, camera, belts with metal buckle, cigarettes, lighters, etc. inside the temple.
A simple glimpse of the Jyotirlinga is a soul-cleansing experience that transforms life and puts it on the path of knowledge and bhakti. Vishweshwara Jyotirlinga has a very special and unique significance in the spiritual history of India. Tradition has it that the merits earned by the darshan of other jyotirlinga scattered in various parts of India accrue to devotee by a single visit to Kashi Vishwanath Temple.
Visit Kashi and get Lord’s and divine mothers blessings.
Recite “Om Namah Shivaaya” as many times as possible to please Lord Shiva.
“Hara Hara Mahadeva, Shambho Shankara”