Sunday, June 30, 2013

Asitanga Bhairava

Asitanga Bhairava  Located In The Premises Of Maha Mrityunjay Temple,Bisheshwarganj Varanasi

Bhoot Bhairava Or Bhishana Bhairava

Bhoot Bhairava Or Bhishana Bhairava Locted Near Kashipura, Maidagin Varanasi

Laat Bhairav Or Kapal Bhairava

Laat Bhairava, known to the Puranas as Kapal Bhairava, is of particular interest  This image of Bhairava is a pillar, encased in copper and s,eared with vermilion. Thus it has the name Laat, the staff of Bhairav.
Laat Bhairav Or Kapal Bhairava Located At Alaipur (Varanasi Cantt - Rajghat Bridge Highway)

Bhairava In Varanasi

Bhairava is a fierce deity and is the guardian of the holy city Varanasi. His origin is interesting. It seems Once Lord Brahma got very proud and neglected God Shiva. Lord shiva burnt with anger and his fierce anger reframed itself in to Lord Bhairava, who immediately went to Lord Brahma’s place and pinched of one of the heads of Lord Brahma (Those times he had five heads). This was a Brahmahathi sin and the head got attached to the hand of Lord Bhairava. He was advised to go to Kashi (Varanasi) and worship Goddess Annapurneswari to get rid of the sin. . He did so and as a result the head of Brahma got detached. Lord Shiva then appointed him as a Kotwal to guard the holy city of Varanasi. He sits there in several forms. This octet addresses him first in his principal form of Kshehthrapala (guardian of the temple) and then to the eight different forms located in different places of Varanasi. These temples are located in Varanasi  at:-

1) Ruru Bhairava Located Near Hanuman Ghat
2) Chanda Bhairava Located In The Premises Of Durgakund Temple
3) Asitanga Bhairava  Located In The Premises Of Maha Mrityunjay Temple
4) Kapal Bhairava or Laat Bhairav Located At Alaipur Varanasi
5) Krodha Bhairava Located At Kamaccha
6) Unmatta Bhairava Located in Pancoshi Road Deora Village, Kashipur Varanasi
7) Samhara Bhairava Located Near Gai Ghat
8) Bhishana Bhairava or Bhoot Bhairav Locted Near Kashipura, Maidagin Varanasi
9) Kaal Bhairava Is Locates At Bhaironath Near Bisheshwarganj Varanasi

Varanasi City Railway Station

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Panchkoshi Yatra

Panchkoshi Yatra is Parikrama (25 Km) of the holy city of Varanasi. It starts and ends at Manikarnika ghat. It involvs visit of five important places: Kardmeshwar, Bheemchandi, Rameshwara, Shivpur and Kapildhara. It is completed in six days.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Varuna Bridge

Varuna Bridge connects Varanasi Old City & Varanasi New City and is the lifeline of the city.

Half Submerged Temple Of Shiva

The half-submerged Temple of Shiva at water's edge at Scindia Ghat. Shiv Temple sunk into the Ganges 150 years ago during the construction of Scindia Ghat.

Lahartara Over Bridge

Lahartara Over Bridge,is the first Over Bridge build in Varanasi City.Located Near Varanasi Cant Railway Station.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Kashi Vishwanath Temple

Kashi Vishwanath Temple in which is enshrined the Jyotirlinga of Shiva, Vishweshwara or Vishwanatha.
The Temple opens daily at 2:30 A.M. In Mangala Aarti 3 A.M. to 4 A.M. ticket holders are permitted to join.
From 4A.M. to 11 AM general Darshan is allowed. 11.30 to 12 AM mid day Bhog Aarti is done. Again 12 Noon to 7 PM devotees are free to have Darshan.
From 7 P.M. to 8.30 PM evening Sapta Rishi Aarti is done after which darshan is again possible up till 9.00 PM, when Sringar/Bhog Aarti starts.
After 9.00 PM Darshan from outside only is possible.
Shayan Aarti starts at 10.30 PM. The Temple closes at 11 PM. 

Manikarnika Kund

The holy pond situated at the prominent Manikarnika ghat.

Panchganga Ghat

"Pancha Ganga Ghat" which is one of the five water-front sacred most sites, and believed To be the meeting point of five streams, viz. The Ganga, the Yamuna, the Sarswati, the Kirana and the Dhutpapa.

Ganesh Ghat

Ganesh Ghat is north of Dasashvamedha Ghat. It was previously known as Agnisvara Ghat. Built in 1807 , it is the location of Peshwa's Shree Ganesh Mandir (temple). The colossal brown stone walls loom menacingly above Ganesh Ghat and boast a couple of vantage looking-points at the top.

Mehta Ghat / V.S.Mehta Hospital

Formally this saw part of the preceding ghat, but after the construction of V.S.Mehta Hospital (1962) This is known to the name of latter one.

Kachari Road

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Lal Bahadur Shastri Ghat Varuna Pul

Swami Vivekananda Statue Mint House Nadesar

Swami Vivekananda is one of the most eminent personalities of our country. He was born in Kolkata on 12th of January 1863. His father was Visvanatha Datta and his mother was Bhubaneshwari. His original name was Narendranath.
He studied Sanskrit, the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, the Puranas etc. he learnt things very quickly. He had an aptitude for music. He had a good voice. He joined the school of Sri Eswar Chandra Vidya Sagar and completed primary education. He completed his secondary education, a course of three years, in one year, and passed with distinction. He joined the college in his 16th year and studied logic and philosophy. He was handsome and bold. He gained mastery over English language and proved to be an eloquent orator.
He was however not interested in worldly affairs. He was drawn towards spiritualism. He made his mind known to his parents and went to see Swami Ramakrishna Paramahamsa at Dakshineswar. On the request of Swami Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Narendranath sang some devotional songs. Swami Paramahansa went into trance listening to his songs.
Later he informed Narendranath that he wad able to see god in his trance. He added that if one prayed to God in all perfection, one could see god, Narendranath became a disciple of Swami Ramakrishna Parmahamsa. Later Narendranth’s father died and Narendranath was forced to take up a teacher’s job for some time to meet his family’s needs.
Swami Ramakrishbna endowed Narendranath with all his spiritual powers and made him his heir. With this Narendranath assumed the name of Swami Bibekananda and a Sanyasi in true sense. After the demise of Swami Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Swami Vivekananda started a mutt named after his Guru, at Belur. Swami Vivekananda implored the youth to develop the spirit of adventure. He travelled all over India and reached Kanya Kumari. There he swam the ocean, reached to rock nearby and meditated there. During his travel he found poverty all over India and was moved by the sufferings of the poor. He felt that serving mankind is serving God. He felt there was need for a tremendous effort in this direction. He loved the motherland and was a great patriot.
In 1893, Parliament of the world was convened at Chicago. With the financial assistance from Maharaja of Khetri, Vivekananda went to Chicago and addressed the audience on the greatness of Hindu religion. His address began with the words “My dear Sisters and Brothers of America”. This thrilled the audience, as this greeting contained the spirit of universal brotherhood. On return, he addressed meetings at London. One young lady by name Margaret became his disciple and later became Sister Nivedita to carry on his mission.
Swami Vivekananda said that the youth of the day were moving without any aim. There was no correct spiritual guidance. He felt that religion can lead a man on the moral and righteous path. He believed and propagated that all men of the world are one. Color, caste and creed had no meaning. He felt that there is a lot to be achieved. He advised the youth to move forward. His words were: “arise, Awake and stop not till the goal is reached”. Swami Vivekananda started many institutions under the Ramakrishna Mission to carry on his message of service. He passed away that at an early age on 4th of July, 1902.

JHV Mall

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Circuit House

Circuit House is a guest house for government officials.