It was the first day of my stay in Varanasi. I, my husband and my children had visited Varanasi in the summer vacation with an awesome schedule planned ahead. We decided to kick start the journey with the blessings from the God. So keeping that in mind, we moved towards the Durga temple of Varanasi which is dedicated to Goddess Durga. We hired a taxi which drove us to the Durga temple from Varanasi Cantt. The temple’s visiting time is from 7 am in the morning to 8 pm in the evening. We decided to plan the trip in the early morning assuming that the sun would be shining less and we would also get to see the morning arati there.
A contemporary temple built in the 18th century; it is one of the most visited places of the city by the visitors. The temple is uniquely crafted with north Indian style of architecture by the Bengali Maharani with the help of a multi-tiered shikhara.
The temple is visited by thousands of Hindu devotees who want to get their wishes fulfilled. The entire temple is built with red-tinted stone which symbolizes power and Goddess Durga. The parikrama of the temple is considered to be very auspicious as the devotees believe that making rounds of the temple for certain number of time will make their wishes granted. Goddess Durga is known to be the incarnation of Shakti, which means power. Female power and dignity is truly conceptualized with the Goddess and her avatar on the tiger portrays a powerful description.
The Naagra style of architecture is truly a differentiated form of art from rest of the construction works in the city. The temple is also dwelled by large number of monkeys, for th reason of which it is also known as the ‘Monkey temple’. Tourists find a good amusement by playing around with the monkeys and feeding them with nuts and fruits.
The Durga kund is present within the temple which is a small pond where there are number of lotuses and lilies grown. In the Durga kund, every year the festival of Nag Panchami is celebrated where Lord Vishnu is seen resting on the Shesha Nag.