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5 Things to Know Before Visiting the Kashi Vishwanath Temple

One of the holiest sites for Hinduism in India, the Kashi Vishwananth Mandir is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Situated on the banks of the River Ganga in Varanasi, it is also one of the twelve Jyotirlingas. Reconstructed multiple times over the years, the present structure of the Kashi Vishwanath Temple was built by Ahilya Bai Holkar in 1780. Read on for Skyscanner’s tips for your Varanasi temple darshan – aarti timings, security precautions, dress code, best time to visit and how to get there.

Things to Know at a Glance

Best time to visit October to March
Temple timings 3 AM -11 PM
Must-dos Visit the Ghats, take a boat ride across the Ganges
Distance from the airport  25km from the city
Best transport within the city Hired cab or taxi or on foot
Events you may want to enjoy Maha Shivratri Feb-March, Dev Diwali 15th day from Diwali, Makar Sankranti 14th Jan

The Kashi Vishwanath Temple: Brief history and significance

While Skyscanner understands that the Kashi Vishwanath Temple is temporarily closed just like all the others in the country, we want you to be armed with information about it whenever you plan your next trip to this serene place of worship.

Varanasi, one of Hinduism’s holy cities, is home to the revered Kashi Vishwanath Temple. This temple has been an integral part of practising the Shaiva philosophy for a very long time. It is famous for its gold-plated domes and spires and its Nandi Bull statue.

Destroyed and rebuilt a number of times, the present structure stands near the original temple site. Hindus from around the world try to visit the temple at least once in their lifetime – the belief being that the temple darshan and a dip in the Ganges will lead a devotee to Moksha.

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Best time to Visit

The best time to visit Varanasi for a temple darshan is in the winter months, between October through March. The weather, though cold in December and January, suits travellers since most sightseeing is outdoors. If you are not looking to attend one of the aartis, then the best time to visit the temple is at 7 AM, to avoid long queues

Pooja/Aarti Timings

The temple opens at 2.30 AM every day. There are 5 Aartis that are conducted in the Kashi Vishwanath Temple daily.

1.Mangala Aarti: 3 AM – 4 AM
2. Bhoga Aarti: 11.15 AM – 12.20 PM
3. Sandhya Aarti: 7.00 PM – 8.15 PM
4. Shringara Aarti: 9.00 PM – 10.15 PM
5. Shayana Aarti: 10.30 PM – 11.00 PM

Things to Do in Varanasi

  1. Visit the Dashashwamedh Ghat which is known for its proximity to the temple and fabulous Ganga Aarti. 
  2. Visit the Dhamek Stupa in Sarnath
  3. Explore the 1750’s Ramnagar Fort on the eastern banks of River Ganga
  4. Check out the Sarnath Museum for its archaeological artefacts dating from the 3rd -century BCE
  5. Make sure you visit the Gyanvapi Mosque, which shares a wall with the Kashi temple.  

Dress code

There is no particular attire specified for a visit to the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, but there is a general dress code that is enforced. Visitors to the temple must cover their arms and legs. Indian traditional dresses are not compulsory and western clothes are allowed.

Security procedures

There are police checkpoints at a number of places as you enter the temple and security procedures are enforced strictly with frequent frisking. Visitors are not allowed to carry cell phones, cameras, belts with metal buckles, shoes, cigarettes and lighters into the temple premises. Lockers can be hired at a nominal charge.

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Reaching the Temple

Being a major pilgrim and tourist destination, Varanasi is very well connected to the rest of the country by road, rail and air.

Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport is located at a distance of about 25 kilometres from the city centre.

Varanasi has three railway stations: Varanasi Junction; Mughal Sarai Junction, which is about 8 kilometres from Varanasi; and Manduadih Railway Station, about 4 kilometres from Varanasi. Rajdhani Express, Shivaganga Express, Lok Manya Tilak Varanasi Express, Vibhuti Express, Howrah Jodhpur Express, Ganga Kaveri Express, Sangamitra Express, Secunderabad Patna Express and Marudhra Express are some major trains that go to Varanasi from around India.