Durga Temple in Varanasi: A Popular Mandir of Durga Mata
Location: Durga Kund, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
One of the popular temples of Varanasi, Durga Mandir is dedicated to Goddess Durga and was built in the 18th century by a Bengali Maharani. It is believed that the Goddess appeared on its own in this temple in the form of a statue (murti) that is still there in the inner sanctum. It is also said that the Goddess protects and saves the sacred land of Benaras (Varanasi) since then. The temple is visited by thousands of devotees especially during Navratri.
With a prominent North Indian style of architecture (Nagara style), stained in red and ochre, Durga Mata Temple has multi-tiered spires. The temple is known for its fine architecture and stone work. The temple also has a pond known as the Durga Kund that was earlier connected to the river via a channel that was closed later. Thus, the Durga Kund relies on rain water which once got automatically replenished with the river water.
Phones and cameras are prohibited inside the temple. Though the temple is open to all, but only Hindus are allowed to enter the main sanctum sanctorum. Beware of monkeys in the area.
Timings: 7:00 am to 8:00 pm (all days)
Special events and celebrations: Navratris, Nag Panchami
Nearby Temples: Sankat Mochan Temple, Tulsi Manas Temple, Tridev Mandir
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