Varanasi is a place of ancient art and literature forms and it kept on impressing with its rich heritage every passing day. The place is well known to be an abode of the Hindu religion. Temples, ghats and old forts are found in the city everywhere. However, much to the contrary, there is a very famous mosque in the city which is visited by number of devotees every day. The Gyanvapi mosque in Varanasi is located near the Golden temple which is otherwise known as the Vishwanath temple. The Vishwanath temple is located where I was staying in the hotel, so it was convenient for us to reach there. We just took a walk to the Gyanvapi mosque from Vishwanath temple.
The Gyanvapi mosque was built during the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb’s era. He had taken inspirations from the famous Taj Mahal in Agra and had instructed the workers to build the entrance in a similar fashion. There are minarets around the mosque which lie to 71 meters above the Ganges. The Gyanvapi mosque is also known as Alamgiri mosque and is located near the Lalita Ghat. The mosque is so named because of the notion of spreading knowledge. The Kashi Vishwanath temple is beside the mosque separated by the help of a barricade. The temple was built by Rani Ahilya Bai Holkar in the year 1780 and both the temple and the mosque are built side by side and they are still from the very beginning. Gyanvapi is actually the wall between the mosque and the temple which is now considered to be the mosque as a whole.
One can experience complete serenity and peace of mind in the mosque. The temple bells and evening prayers fuses with the chant of Quran from the mosque during the day. It makes an awesome ambience near in the north of the Dashaswamedh Ghat. The peaceful water of the Ganges makes the environment more pleasing and enticing. We spent a quality time there and visited the Vishwanath temple as well. It was a pleasing day as such opportunities are availed in very less numbers where one can get to see the charm of a mosque and serenity of a temple, both at the same time.