As per the legends of this temple, Lord Shiva will settle here after the severe floods. It is a strong belief that he will shift from his favourite place, Kashi to this unique place.
Wondering about the place? It is none other than the Kashi Vishwanatha Temple in Uttarkashi. A famous legend says, that one day the present day Varanasi will drown in the floods and Lord Vishwanth will relocate to Uttarkashi. This shrine is famous because of this strange mythical tale. Though, the legend talks about the ending of Kaliyuga (modern era), this shrine is popular as Kashi Vishwanth Temple in Uttarkashi. It is also one of the important Hindu religious places in Uttarakhand.
Kashi Vishwanth Temple
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Uttarkashi means the 'Kashi of the north'; it is a town on the located on the banks of Bhagirathi river, one of the tributaries of Ganges. Interestingly, the town of Uttarkashi is also on the river basin like Varanasi.
This serene town is not just a religious site but also a destination for adventure activities. Uttarkashi serves as the base camp for several trekking expeditions around the region. It is also a home to NIM, one of the premier mountaineering institutions in India.
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Though, Kashi Vishwanath Temple is not included under Char Dham Yatra circuit, many pilgrims make it a point to visit this shrine in Uttarkashi.
Another interesting attraction of this temple is the Trishula. Yes, the 6 mtr high Trishula of Lord Shiva is an interesting sight here. It is strongly believed that Goddess Durga used this Trishula to kill a demon. Hence, this Trishula has lot of importance here.
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Isn't it wonderful to know about the legends of such holy places? Don't miss out on visiting this holy place in Uttarakhand.
Tourist Attractions in Uttarkashi
Uttarkashi is the name of the headquarters and the district. It is not just a holy place but also a tourist site. Manikarnika Ghat, Dodital, Bhali Dam, Joshiyara, Maneri Dam, Kandar Devta Mandir are some of the major tourist places in Uttarkashi.
Trishula in the temple
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How to Reach Uttarkashi
Uttarkashi is around 145km from Dehradun. It is connected through road from other places like Rishikesh, Dehradun, Chamba and so on.
By Road: Uttarkashi is connected by NH108 and is accessible through motorable roads. Several buses from places like Rishikesh, Tehri and Dehradun ply in this route.
There is no railway station in Uttarkashi.