A Visit To New Vishwanath Temple
New Vishwanath Temple is located in the BHU campus in Varanasi. It is also called the Birla Mandir as the famous industrialists family of India, the Birlas constructed it. The New Vishwanath Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is a replica of the Original Kashi Vishwanath temple which Aurangzeb destroyed. The temple is built in with white marble stone. It was planned by the Pt. Madan Mohan Malaviya (the founder of the Banaras Hindu University) as part of the BHU campus. The most important characteristic of this temple is that it open to all the people of any castes and religions. This elegant temple structure is located almost at the centre of the BHU campus.
The foundation stone of the temple was laid in March, 1931 and it took almost three decades to complete it. Its sky penetrating spiraling top is 252 ft. high. The design of the temple has been inspired by the original Vishwanath temple. The whole text of Gita and extracts from the sacred Hindu scriptures are inscribed with illustrations on the inner marble walls of the temple. The color of the temple from outside is white and pink in color. Religious functions are held periodically in the central hall of the temple. Many functions are organized on Shivratri, both Navratries, Shravan Mahotasva, Krishna Janmanshtami, Deepawali, Annakut.
There are nine temples in the BHU campus of Shiva Lingam, Nataraj ji, Mata Parvati ji, Ganesh ji, Panchmukhi Mahadev, Hanuman ji, Mata Saraswati ji, and Nandi ji.
On the entrance there are lot of good food stalls having varieties from all parts of India. While entering the main temple premises through entrance gate we find lot of UP handicraft shops selling all decorative colorful items especially embroidered ones.
The temple opens all days a week at 4 am to 12 pm and 1 pm to 9 pm. On special occasions such as Shivratri, temple opens from 4 am to 12 pm midnight. Monday is a special day when devotees perform worship of the Lord Shiva in order to fulfill their wishes. On every Monday Rudrabhishek is performed from 7 am to 8 am. Aarti timings are 4 am, 4.45 am, 10.30 am, 11.45 am, 12 pm, 1 pm, 6.45 pm, 7.30 pm, 8 pm and 8.45 pm.
Location of temple : In BHU (Banaras Hindu University) premises, about 7 km from Cantt. Railway Station, Varanasi, U.P., India.