Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived in Varanasi for his two-day visit, during which he will inaugurate the first phase of the newly constructed Kashi Bishwanath Dham. The project aims to change the experience of pilgrims in the temple town. Kashi Bishwanath Temple is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. In the famous Hindu temple, Kashi is believed to be located on the trident of Lord Shiva. Many believe that this is the temple where one can be saved. Inside the Kashi Bishwanath temple are the Jyotirlingas of Shiva, Visvesvara or Bishwanath.
Jyotirlinga has a special and unique significance in the spiritual history of India. It is here that Lord Shiva gives ‘Tarak Mantra’ to those who are about to die. According to the scriptures, it is believed that Lord Volenath himself resided in the 12 Jyotirlingas. Worship here frees us from sin and fulfills all desires.
Also, there is a ‘well of wisdom’ between the temple and a mosque adjacent to it. It is said that the idol of Shiva was hidden in a well when news of the plan to destroy the temple of the sixth Mughal emperor Aurangzeb spread.
Legend of Kashi Bishwanath Temple
Kashi Bishwanath Jyotirlinga Temple, the 7th Jyotirlinga out of 12 Jyotirlingas, is located at Varanasi on the western bank of river Ganga. It is believed that Kashi is considered to be one of the favorite places of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
According to mythology, the temple of Kashi Bishwanath is mentioned in the Skanda Purana. Lord Shiva’s mother-in-law was worried that her son-in-law did not have a place to stay. For his wife, Goddess Parvati, Lord Shiva, the demon, asked Nikumbha to make a place in Kashi. Shiva along with Goddess Parvati started living there. He was so happy that he fed everyone and worshiped as Annapurani. On the other hand, in Shaivite literature, Lord Shiva is known as the Guru of all. But God Himself asked the goddess for food in a begging bowl.