New Vishwanath Temple, Varanasi

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Conceived by Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya, who also founded the Banaras Hindu University, the New Vishwanath Temple is dedicated to God Shiva. The foundation stone of the 252 feet tall shrine was laid in March 1931, and it took over three decades to complete.

The temple is built with white marble and is an exact copy of the original Vishwanath Temple in Kanshi which was destroyed by Mughal Emperor, Aurangzeb Alamgir.

The New Vishwanath Temple is a huge complex. It comprises seven temples dedicated to various gods and goddesses. While the temple dedicated to God Shiva is housed in the ground floor, the temples of Lakshmi Narayan and Durga are located on the first floor.

A unique trait of the new temple is the tall shikhara, made of white marble. The sanctum sanctorum of the temple has a Shiva Lingam. The inner walls are inscribed with important texts from Gita and other scriptures along with vivid illustrations.

The temple is open to people of all castes and religions in line with the liberal and progressive outlook of the Pt. Madan Mohan Malviya.


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