The old Kashi Vishwanath Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, features amongst the most famous temples in Uttarkashi. The Shivling or the statue of Lord Shiva is 90 cm in circumference and 60 cm in height. This temple, placed on the banks of the Bhagirathi river, is famous for its splendour and magnificence.
Set in the cultural capital of North India, the temple comes with stunning views of the river nestled amidst mountains. The outer chamber of the temple features statues of Lord Ganesha and Goddess Parvati. It is also named the Golden Temple due to its three domes designed in pure gold. In the entrance of the temple there is a metal trident that features inscriptions of the Naga dynasty that is 26 feet high.
History Of Kashi Vishwanath Temple
Sage Parshuram built this temple and Maharani Khaneti, wife of Sudarshan Shah, later renovated it in 1857. Images of Sakshi Gopal and the sage Markandeya meditating, created in the ancient era, are present. There were significant Indo-Tibetan cultural exchanges that occurred in that period, proof of which are the Tibetan inscriptions in the temple.
Architecture Of Kashi Vishwanath Temple
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The temple is designed in a typical ancient-Indian architecture and has inspired many Indian temples in many parts of India. There are three main sections in the temple - a pinnacle of Lord Kashi Vishwanath, the gold dome and the flag or trident on the golden peak.
Numerous shrines dedicated to other gods and goddess are present in the temple complex. Every shrine has a statue of different lords including Vishnu, Sanishwara, Virupaksh Gauri, Avimukteshwara, Virupaksha, Vinayaka, Dhandapani, etc. A silver altar holds the Shivaling placed inside the sanctum sanctorum.
Tourist Attractions In And Around Kashi Vishwanath Temple
Uttarkashi is one of the great getaways for locals and tourists alike. You will have a mixture of trekking and hiking spots, stunning backdrops and wildlife sanctuaries here. Below are some of the attractions that you must visit when you come over to the Kashi Vishwanath Temple.
Dodital LakeAnd Nachiketa Lake
A dream destination for the trekkers, Dodital Lake, features towering alpines, a crystal-clear lake and fascinating backdrops.
Nachiketa Lake is a beautiful spot for a mini retreat that will make you fall in love when you are vacationing here.
Dodital Dayara Pass Trek
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Nestled at an altitude of 3024 m above sea level, this trek gives you an ideal spot to enjoy the unspoiled beauty of nature and to explore your adventurous elements.
Dayara Bugyal Trek
The mighty Himalayas offer you the perfect backdrop while exploring the mesmerising alpine meadows in the region.
Nehru Mountaineering Institute
This institute is one of the premier autonomous institutes in India dedicated to all mountain lovers.
How To Reach Uttarkashi
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By Air: Jolly Grant Airport located in Dehradun is at a distance of about 180 km from Uttarkashi. From the airport, either hire a cab or board the state transport-run buses to reach Uttarkashi.
By Rail: The nearest railway station is at Dehradun, located at a distance of 144 km. The Dehradun railway station is well connected to major cities and towns like Delhi, Haridwar etc.
By Road: The best way to reach Uttarkashi is by road. There is an array of public and private buses and cabs connecting major cities and towns in Uttarakhand.
Best Time To Visit Kashi Vishwanath Temple
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Summer season (April - June) is hot, dry, humid and sunny. The temperature ranges from 32 - 46 °C.
Monsoon season (July - September) gives you an enjoyable experience to witness the magnificent beauty of nature.
Winter season (Nov - March) is the best seasons to travel to Uttarkashi with temperatures around 5 - 15 °C.