VRIDDH ADITYA

According to Kashi Khand, once a staunch devotee called Harit, who was very old in age, stationed himself near Visalakshi Devi and intensely prayed to Lord Surya. After a long time, Lord Surya appeared before him and told the old man that he (Lord Surya) was pleased and the old man may seek any divine boon.

The old man said “for performing Tap (Tapas – rigorous ascetic practices), a devotee needs sufficient strength. There is nothing in this world as good as Tapas which gives prosperity, enlightenment and all joys.  However, one needs to be young and virile enough for carrying out Tapas.” Accordingly, the old man requested Lord Surya that he should be made young.

Vriddh Aditya (Inner Photo)

Vriddh Aditya (Inner Photo)

Lord Surya was deeply moved by the sincerity and devotion of the old man and he granted boon accordingly. Thus the old man became young. Since Lord Surya was eulogized  by an old man at that place, the Lord came to be known as Vriddh Aditya at that place.  According to Kashi Khand, a person who regularly prays to Vriddh Aditya will always remain energetic like a young man.

Vriddh Aditya (Outer Photo)

Vriddh Aditya (Outer Photo)

LOCATION OF VRIDDH ADITYA

Vriddh Aditya is located at D-3/15, South of Bare Hanumanji at Mir Ghat.  Devotees can approach this place by traveling upto Dasaswamdh Vishwanath Gulli by rickshaw and then on foot in the Gully.  Alternatively, they can take a boat ride upto Mir Ghat and climb up the stairs.

 

TYPES OF POOJA PERFORMED

The temple is open for worship from 06.30 a.m. to 09.30 p.m.  The timings may change. While the idol is situated inside the premises, there is a Surya Chakra in the outer wall of the premises. Devotees can pray/perform pooja on their own.

Temple Details
  • A. Introduction
  • About Kashi Khand
  • Temples worshipped as Jyotirlings in Kashi
  • Kashi Yatra performed by South Indians
  • Importance of immersion of mortal remains (Asthi) in Ganga