Published on: December 13, 2021

KASHI VISHWANATH CORRIDOR

KASHI VISHWANATH CORRIDOR

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Stockholm The 400-metre-long Kashi Vishwanath Corridor in Varanasi connecting the ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva to the banks of the Ganges was inaugurated by Prime Minister

ABOUT THE PROJECT

  • Ahalya Bai Holkar, Holkar queen of Indore, created a series of temples and vistas leading up to the Ganga ghat.
  • THE PROJECT
    • Encapsulates vision of Ahalya Bai Holkar
    • Connects the temple with the ghats of the Ganga, with a paved walkway around 320 metres long and 20 metres wide.
    • Facilities for a museum, library, a facilitation centre for pilgrims and a Mumuksha Bhawan (salvation house).
  • NEED
    • Ease the congestion
    • Boost Tourism

KASHI VISHWANATHA TEMPLE

  • Famous temple in Varanasi
  • Known as the Golden temple dedicated to the Lord Shiva.
  • Constructed in the year 1780 by the Maratha monarch, Maharani Ahilyabai Holkar of the Indore.
  • On the western bank of the holy river Ganga
  • One of the twelve Jyotirlingas, or Jyotirlingams, the holiest of Shiva Temples.
  • Main deity is known by the names Shri Vishwanath literally meaning Lord of the Universe.
  • Referred to in Hindu scriptures for a very long time as a central part of worship in the Shaiva Philosophy.
  • Mentioned in the Puranas including the Kashi Khanda (section) of Skanda Purana.
  • Demolished by many Muslim rulers many times, last time It was demolished by Aurangzeb, the sixth Mughal emperor who constructed the Gyanvapi Mosque on its site.

Architecture –

  • Constructed in the 18th century in the Nagara style of architecture, it has five shikharas (spires), which start from the bottom and converge on the top.
  • The main temple is quadrangle and is surrounded by shrines of other gods.
  • There is a small well in the temple called the Jnana Vapi also spelt as GyaanVapi (the wisdom well).
  • According to the structure of the temple, there is a Sabha Griha or Congregation Hall leading to the inner GarbhaGriha or Sanctum Sanctorum.
  • It is locally known as ‘Monkey temple’ because of the large number of monkeys inhabiting the place.