Kashi Vishwanath Temple Travel Guide
It is situated in main Uttarakashi city on Char Dham route. There are many shops selling puja items near the mandir entrance gate. So in case you have not brought any puja items with you then no need to worry of the same. You can easily get fresh flowers and pooja related items at nominal prices. This is the most important shrine of Uttarkashi and should not be missed if you are traveling to Uttarkashi or Gangotri.
Important Information: There is also a Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi (Kashi)
History and Legends of Kashi Vishwanath temple, Uttarkashi
The Kashi Vishwanath temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and it is said to have initially been built by Sage Parshuram and which was later renovated by Maharani Khaneti, wife of Sudarshan Shah in 1857. The present temple was built over the pre-existing ancient altar, in the year 1857 A.D. by the queen of Tehri Smt. Khaneti Devi, w/o king Shri Sudershan Shah with traditional Himalayan temple architecture.
Legend is Lord Shiva considers this as his aboard from the second part of the Kaliyuga. Belief is that when Kashi or Varanasi will be submerged under water and Lord Kashi Vishwanath will be shifted to this temple in Uttarkashi.
The tradition has it that this sage Rishi Markandeya had so much love and devotion to lord Shiva that the lord himself protected the sage the Yama , the God of death, who came to take the sageâ€™s life at this very place where the temple is situated.
Inside Kashi Vishwanath Temple
Lord Shiva is manifest here immersed in deep meditation, showering his blessing upon all humanity. The Shivlingam here is 56 cm in height and has a tilt to the south. In the sanctum sanctorum, there are also Goddess Parvati and Lord Ganesha. Nandi is in outer chamber of the temple. The image of sakshi gopal and the sage Markandeya are seen represented here as in meditation.
Shakti Temple dedicated to Goddess Parvati, is situared just opposite to the Vishwanath temple. The main attraction here is a huge and heavy trishul (trident) - 6 meters in height and 90 cms at the bottom which was thrown at the devils by Goddess Durga.
Mother Shakti, is found represented here as a giant trishul or trident, which is estimated to be over 1500 years old and is regarded as one of the oldest relics of Uttarakhand. It has Tibetan inscriptions on it indicating extensive Indo-Tibetan culture exchanges during ancient times. The details of Naga Dynasty are found inscribed on the metal trident which is over 26 feet high, kept in front of the main Shiva temple.
Believe it or not: One amazing feature of the trishul is that it cannot be moved with your entire body force but it vibrates the moment you apply pressure with one of your fingers.
Pooja in Vishwanath Temple: The deity of this temple, is worshipped all day here. Every evening, visitors are greeted by the sound of bells, and the chanting of mantras by pundits at the puja.
Location of Vishwanath Temple in Uttarkashi
The Kashi Vishwanath temple is located 154 kms from Rishikesh, near the main road leading to Gangotri Dham.
Kashi Vishwanath Temple is located in Uttarkashi ( near main market of Uttarakashi). You can view its location on Google Map below.