Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Annapurna Temple in Varanasi Uttar Pradesh

Here is Some Information about Annapurna Temple in Varanasi Uttar Pradesh India.


Location: Near the famous Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi
Built in: 1729
Built By:Maratha Baji Rao
Dedicatedto: Goddess Annapurna
Entry: free
Photography: Allow
Temple Timing: 4:00 Am to 10:00Pm
Significance: one of the Goddesh of Food Annapurna Temple
Visiting Timing: 40 Mins
Best time to Visit: Oct to April
Weather: Summer 30 to 45°C, Winter 5 to 15°C
Nearest Railway Station: Varanasi
Nearest Air Port: Varanasi
Arti Darshan: Mangala-4am, Bhog-11:30am, Sandhya-7pm, Shayan-10pm

Annapurna Temple is located near the famous Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi. This temple was built by Maratha Baji Rao in year 1729. In the temple yard there a small sanctum with a large pillared porch housing an image of Goddess Annapurna. The idol of Annapurna Maa is fame of shakti, who made in a solid gold and carries a cooking pot. Devotees believe her the mother of all the three worlds, heaven, earth and hell. Shani god is known for his destructive power and is propitiated to prevent any ill befalling of devote.
The temple belongs to Dashnami Shaiva Paramhans Sannyasis and comes under Annapurna math. The deity is worshipped as one of the many forms of Goddess Durga (Mahagauri Durga) and is worshipped on the 8th day of Navratri.
The temple has two idols of the Goddess made of gold & brass. Brass idol is accessible to devotees daily, while gold one is open for darshan, on a day before Deepawali. Food is served to all the devotees as Prasad (annadan) of Annapurna Devi daily. The idols of Kuber, Sun, Ganesha, Vishnu & Hanuman can also be seen in the temple premises. The temple attracts a large number of devotees during Annakut festival.
When in Varanasi annual annakuta festival start , which start just after the diwali, then mountain of fruits and sweets and cereals are laid out before the Annapurna maa and later on the fruits and sweets were distributed in devotees as Prasad. It has been said that devotees of goddess never suffer starvation. Annapurna temple of Varanasi is been popular not only in Varanasi but out of Varanasi. Annapurna temple is been opened the day before diwali, this idol could be seen only one day and been closed for a year.devotees have to wait for one year if they missed there chance. Annapurna Goddess sit in the middle and her left is lakshmi (goddess of wealth) and on her right side bhudevi

History of the Goddess Annapurna 

Once, Lord Shiva said to the Goddess Parvati that the whole world is an illusion and the food is the part of that known as ‘Maya’. The Goddess of food (Mata Parvati) became very angry and She had to show the importance of all the material, in order to that She had vanished all things from the world. In the absence of food from the earth, the earth became infertile and everyone had suffered from the deep hunger.
She had to reappear in the world by seeing His devotees suffering from the deep hunger. She, then made a kitchen in the holy city, Varanasi. Lord Shiva too came to Her and said that I understand that the material can never be sent away as an illusion. Mata Parvati became very happy and offered food to the Lord Shiva with her own hands. From that time Mata Parvati is worshiped as an Annapurna means the Goddess of Food.
Another myth about the Annapurna is, Once Mata Parvathi had closed all the eyes of the Lord Shiva (three eyes: Sun, Moon and Fire) and entire world was full of darkness. There was the condition of ‘Pralaya’ and the color of the Mata Parvati became dark also (means She has lost Her Gauri Rupa). She was very sorrow and asked Lord Shiva how to get Gauri Rupa again. Lord Shiva said to Her to make Anna Dan in the Kashi. Mata Parvati took Her Annapurna Rupa with a golden pot and ladle and made Anna Dan in Varanasi. Again She got Her Gauri Rupa. It is considered that Her devotees do Annapurna Pooja by making Anna Dan in Kashi.
There are various names of the Mata Parvati worshipped by Her devotees all over the world. The Annapurna Shatanama Stotram has 108 names and The Annapurna Sahasranam presents one thousand names of the Annapurna Mata.
It is considered that She does not eat a little bit till the time Her devotees have not been fed in Her temple. The Annapurna Vrat Katha has various stories and helps Her devotees to get rid of their problems. Annapurna temple in Varanasi is situated adjacent to the Kashi Viswanath temple. Annapurna Mata is considered as the queen of the Kashi and Lord Shiva is considered as the king of the kashi. In the temple of the Mata Annapurna, in the noon time food as a ‘Prasad’ is offered to all the old, disabled and other devotees daily.

Other Temples in Varanasi

Kashi Vishwanath temple
Sankatha Temple
Kalbhairav Temple
Mritunjay Mahadev Temple
New Vishwanath Temple
Durga Temple
Tulsi Manas Temple
Sankatmochan Temple
Bharat Mata Temple 

How to Rich Annapurna Temple in Varanasi 

By Road :Varanasi has a very good network of roads. There is always frequent public and private buses and road transport to all the major towns of Uttar Pradesh and nearby areas.

By Rail:There are two railway stations in Varanasi, the Kashi Junction and the Varanasi Junction (also known as Varanasi Cantonment). Devotees have facility of trains from Mughalsarai, just 10 km south of Varanasi.

By Air :One can reach the temple as Varanasi is well connected and accessible to major Indian cities and tourist spots. There are daily domestic flights to and from Varanasi to several cities in India.
 
 Picture Gellery of Annapurna Temple in Varanasi 







Google Map for Annapurna Temple in Varanasi 


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