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Kasi is the highest of the twelve Jyotirlinga places in India, and Manikarnika Peedam is one of the Goddess’s Shakti Peedams.
Moolavar: Vishvanathar kasi
Thayar / Amman: Visalakshi
Theertham / Holy Water: The Ganges comprises 64 theertha levels. There is one
The Adigangai known as theertham tub. Gnana Vavi, small
Hi theertham, chakratheertham, manikarnika theertham
In Kasi, the main theerthams are etc.
Historical name: Varanasi, Banaras, Forest Ananda, Mahamayanam, and Avimuktam.
Location: Kashi, Varanasi, PradesUttar
In the Skanda Puranam, a Shiva temple was mentioned. In 1194 CE, when he defeated the Kannauj Raja as commander of Mohammad Ghori, the original Vishwanath temple was destroyed by the army of Qutb-ud-din Aibak.
During the reign of Shamsuddin Iltumish (1211-1266 CE) a merchant from Gujarati reconstructed the temple. It was again destroyed during the reign of Hussain Shah Sharqi (1447-14)
During Akbar ‘s rule, Raja Man Singh built the temple, but orthodox Hindus boycotted it, as he had let the Mughal emperors marry within his family. Raja Todar Mal further rebuilt the temple at its original site in 1585 with the funding from Akbar.
Emperor Aurangzeb destroyed the temple in 1669 CE, and built in its place the Gyanvapi Mosque. The remains of the former temple can be seen at the foundation,
Maratha ruler Malhar Rao Holkar wanted the Gyanvapi mosque to be destroyed and the temple at the site rebuilt. In fact he never did that, though. His daughter-in – law Ahilyabai Holkar later built the present temple structure close to the mosque.
Gold for the temple was donated by Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Ahilyabai built the boundary of Gyanvapi Well, the Ghats a during 1833-1840 CE
Many noble families from different ancestral Indian kingdoms and their prior establishments make generous contributions to the temple operations.