According to Kashi Khand, Chapter 70, in the vicinity of Vishalakshi Gauri, devotees can worship Vishwa Bhuja Gauri who is worshipped by the entire world.
Vishwa Bhuja Gauri removes all the obstacles in the path of the devotees. All the devotees should worship this Gauri on all days during Navratri (September – October) and their wishes/desires will be fulfilled.
LOCATION OF VISHWA BHUJA GAURI
Vishwa Bhuja Gauri is located at D.2/15, near Dharam Koop (Dharmeshwar). This is very near to Vishalakshi Devi temple. Devotees can travel upto Dasaswamedh Vishwanath Gulli or Bansphatak Vishwanath Gulli by rickshaw and walk on foot to this place. Devotees generally combine prayers at this temple alognwith darshan of Visweshwar / Annapurna temple.
TYPES OF POOJA
The place of worship is open practically through out and devotees can worship as per their convenience.
(Recitation by Pt. Nageshwara Rao of Hyderabad.
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On a request from Sage Agasthya Lord Kartikeya happily started describing various Devis in Kashi.
Devi is present in the form of Goddess Vishalakshi in Vishal Teerth in River Ganga. A devotee should bathe in Vishal Teerth and worship Vishalakshi Devi for all round happiness.
In the month of Aswin (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) devotees should remain on fast and keep awake on the night of Triteeya. In the morning they should devotedly offer new clothes and other related items and feed 14 girls. After performing the above Kanya Pooja, they should break their fast.
Vishalakshi Devi temple is a powerful Shakti Peeth and any pooja, charity, recitation of devi mantras performed in this premises is considered to yield very high results. Unmarried girls worshipping Vishalakshi Devi are sure to get married, childless couple will certainly be blessed with a child, even the most unfortunate ladies will find all fortunes coming their way.
Kashi Khand, Chapter 70, has amply described the greatness of Vishalakshi Devi. Further, in Chapter 100, Kashi Khand has prescribed Nau Gauri Yatra (religious pilgrimage tour of nine Gauris and Vishalakshi is one of those Gauris).
If you look carefully in the photograph, there are two Devi images. One is at the back with garland orange in colour. This is Aadi Vishalakshi. The idol in front has been installed at a later stage.
South Indians attach great importance to this temple. They regard this as one of the three main Devi Temples in India viz. Kanchi Kamakshi, Madurai Meenakshi and Kashi Vishalakshi.
LOCATION OF VISHALAKSHI GAURI
Devotees can find Vishalakshi temple at D.3/85, Mir Ghat. They can travel upto Dasaswamedh Vishwanath Gulli or Bansphatak Vishwanath Gulli by rickshaw and walk on foot to this place. Devotees generally combine prayers at this temple alongwith darshan of Visweshwar / Annapurna temple.
Vishalakshi Gauri is one of the 9 Gauris which are worshipped in Navratri falling in March-April (9 days preceding Ram Navami).
The entire area encompassing Vishalakshy Devi, Dharmeshwar, Vishwa Bhuja Gauri etc. is a powerful Shakti Peeth known as Dharma Peeth.
TYPES OF POOJA
The temple is open from 04.30 a.m. in the morning to 11.00 a.m. and from 05.00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. The timings may change. Aarties are held in the morning and evening.
Kashi Khand, Chapter 70 mentions various Devis in Kashi who are to be worshipped. All of them are powerful Devis.
Among other Devis, Kashi Khand mentions Vindhya Devi which is a powerful deity.
Devotees who worship Vindhya Devi will attain all kinds of Siddhi in their life.
LOCATION OF VINDHYA DEVI
Vindhya Devi, known by the name of Vindhya Vasini is located at Ck.2/33, outside Sankata Devi Temple. After reaching Sankata Devi Temple, the devotees may ask for directions. Vindhya Devi is located just adjacent to Sankata Devi temple. One can travel upto Chowk by Cycle Rickshaw and walk to this place via Sankata Devi Temple (famous landmark). Alternatively, devotees can approach the place by boat upto Ganga Mahal Ghat and climb up the steps.
TYPES OF POOJAS
The temple is open from 06.00 am to 10.00 p.m. Devotees can worship as per their convenience.
Kashi Khand, Chapter 70 mentions Varahi Devi and the devotees who worship this devi will never fall into any danger.
Kashi Khand, Chapter 45 states that Lord Shiva sent sixty four Yoginis to Kashi to create disturbance in the governance of King Divodas. However, the sixty four yoginis were totally enthralled by the beauty of Kashi and they decided to settle down in Kashi itself. Varahi is one of them.
It is worth mentioning that Varahi is a very powerful devi.
LOCATION OF VARAHI DEVI
Varahi Devi is located at D.16/84, Manmandir Ghat. People can travel upto Dasaswamedh Vishwanath Galli by rickshaw, enter the gulli and immediately take a right turn and proceed further for about 150 yards. They may seek guidance from the locals at that place to reach the temple.
TYPES OF POOJA
The temple is open for worship from 05.30 a.m. to 7.30 a.m. only and remains closed for the entire day. Aarti is performed in the morning. At the time of aarti, the main door is closed. If a devotee remains inside, he can have full darshan of aarti. After the aarti, darshan is allowed for some time and the temple is closed for the day.
It needs to be mentioned here that Varahi is a very powerful devi and located under the ground level. A marble slab is opened and devotees can have darshan through the opening. Except the Priest, no one is allowed to go to the underground level.
Our enquiries reveal that only regular worship is allowed in the temple and no special pooja etc. on request is allowed.
When Goddess was fighting a fierce battle against Durgasur (Kindly refer Durga Devi), she released various forms of energy (called Shakti) from her body. These Shakti Devis released intense energy in form of fire balls to fight Durgasur and his army. (Kashi Khand, Chapter 72). Finally the battle was won.
One of those Shaktis is Tripura Bhairavi. Devotees who worship this deity will attain success in their endeavours and they will gain mental strength. Out of more than 90 forms of Shaktis, only a few deities are present now. Many of their temples or idols have ceased to be in existence and one or two of them are inside private houses where public worship is not allowed.
LOCATION OF TRIPURA BHAIRAVI
Tripura Bhairavi is located at D.5/24, Mir Ghat. Devotees may approach this place from Dasaswamedh Vishwanath Gully and take the first right turn. This is a famous place. This temple also houses Tripureshwar Shiv Ling (in the vicinity of Rudreshwar) which finds mention in Kashi Khand, Chapter 69. Devotees may worship these two lings also.
TYPES OF POOJA
The place of worship is open from 05.00 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. and from 06.00 p.m.to 10.00 p.m. Aarties are held in the morning and evening. Devotees can worship through grill gate during other times.
Kashi Khand Chapter 70 states that near Nal Koopeshwar one can find Kubjambeshwar Ling. In the vicinity thereof, devotees can worship Tri Lokya Sundari. (The letter “i” in Tri is prounced as “y” as in Try).
Further, when Goddess was fighting a fierce battle against Durgasur (Kindly refer Durga Devi), she released various forms of energy (called Shakti) from her body. These Shakti Devis released intense energy in form of fire balls to fight Durgasur and his army. (Kashi Khand, Chapter 72). Tri Lokya Sundari is one of those Shaktis.
Devotees who worship this Devi will be blessed with all sorts of prosperity. Married ladies who worship this Goddess need not have fear of widowhood. (Widowhood is considered as a curse for ladies in India from time immemorial, because they lose their strong moral support).
LOCATION OF TRI LOKYA SUNDARY
The deity is located at No. Ck.7/92, Mohalla Kashmiri Mal ki Haveli, near Pita Maheshwar. This deity is also known as Shitla Devi. The temple is approachable from Chowk upto which place, people can travel by Auto or Cycle Rickshaw.
TYPES OF POOJAS
The temple is open practically throughout the day.
POOJARIS OF THE TEMPLE
Shri Kishan Yagnik and Ashutosh Yagnik are the Poojaris of the temple and they can be contacted in their Cell numbers (0)9935277580 and (0)9305761979 respectively for doing any special pooja.
Kashi Khand, Chapter 100 has prescribed Gauri Yatra (religious tour of Gauri temples). This Yatra is to be undertaken on Triteeya after Amavasya (3rd day after Amavasya).
Devotees are advised to take bath in Gyan Vapi and worship Sowbhagya Gauri.
Devotees who worship Sowbhagya Gauri will get all sorts of happiness and prosperity in life.
LOCATION OF SOWBHAGYA GAURI
Sowbhagya Gauri is located at Ck.38/8, Adi Vishwanath Temple. If a devotee travels from Bansphatak to Chowk, after crossing flower market (on the left side), there is a flight of steps leading to a fairly big ground and Shiva temple. On the right side of the ground (north side), the devotee will find Sowbhagya Gauri.
Devotees visit this place of worship on the third day of Chaitra Navaratri in March-April.
TYPES OF POOJA
The place of worship is open from 06.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and from 06.00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. Timings are flexible. However devotees can worship throughout the day through the grill gate.
When the evil demon Durgasur with his supernatural powers was tormenting religious people, Lord Shiva sent Goddess to kill him.(Details given under Durga Devi).
After slaying the demon and taking the form of Durga Devi, Kashi Khand states that Durga Devi guards Kashi in form of various Shaktis/Devis at various places in Kashi. One of them is Ashwa Roodha. According to Pundits this deity is known as Vageshwari.
This deity is located in the temple premises which houses Skanda Mata Devi.
Maa Durga’s 5th form is Skand Mata. She has child Skand (Kartikeya) seated on her lap and so she is called Skand Mata.
Skand Mata has four hands. In each of her upper hands she has a lotus flower. Her left hand has the posture of giving blessings. Her form is auspicious and she sits on a lotus flower. Hence she is called Padmasana Devi. Her vehicle is lion.
Her devotees get all their desires fulfilled, they get peace and happiness and their way to salvation becomes easy. Since she guards the Sun’s orbit, her devotees get a radiating light which surround them as an aura.
Vageshwari Devi (Ashwa Rooda) is allowed to be worshipped only on two days in one full year. On all the other days the door remains closed and devotees worship the door only.
Skanda Mata is considered to be a powerful Devi.
LOCATION OF SKANDA MATA
Skanda Mata Temple is located at J.6/33, Jaitpura. People can reach this place by rickshaw as Jaitpura Police Station is an important landmark. Devotees worship Skanda Mata during Navratri falling in September/October as one of the nine Durgas.
There is some confusion here. Some locals term Skanda Mata as Vagheshwari. But according to Learned Pundits, Vagheshwari is Ashwa Rooda who is located inside the closed door on the ground level. Skanda Mata is located on the upper storey.
TYPES OF POOJA
The temple is open from 05.00 a.m. to 12.00 Noon and from 04.00 p.m. to 07.00 p.m. Aarties are held in morning and evening. Timings may change.
POOJARIES OF THE TEMPLE
Madhavi Devi is the Priest of the temple.
Kashi Khand, Chapter 70 mentions various Devis in Kashi who have to be worshipped. All of them are powerful Devis.
In the vicinity of Pita Maheshwar, Jaganmata is present in the form of Siddha Lakshmi Devi.
People who worship this Devi obtain all sorts of Siddhi (divine powers) and their wishes will be fulfilled. The devotee’s life will be full of happiness and prosperity.
LOCATION OF SIDDHA LAKSHMI DEVI
Siddha Lakshmi Devi is located on the Wall at Ck.8/1, Opposite Siddhi Vinayak, Manikarnika. Devotees can travel upto Chowk by rickshaw and travel on foot to this temple. Alternatively, they can take a boat ride upto Manikarnika Ghat (near Chakra Pushkarini Teerth) and climb the steps.
TYPES OF POOJA
The place of worship is open from 06.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. and from 04.30 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. Timings are flexible. Aarties are conducted in the morning and evening.
Kashi Khand has prescribed Durga Devi Yatra during Navratri where devotees have been exhorted to worship Durga Devi on all the nine days of Navratri.
Devotees worship Siddheshwari Devi on the 9th day of Navratri falling in September-October.
Maa Durgas 9th form is Siddhi Dhatri. She gives all sorts of siddhi to her devotees. There are several types of Siddhis mentioned in various Purans. According to Devi Puran, Lord Shiva attained all the Siddhi by her blessings. His half body assumed the form of Goddess. So he is also called Ardha Narishwar.
Maa Siddhi Dhatri has four hands. Her vehicle is Lion. She sits on a lotus flower. She has a Chakra in her lower right hand, a mace/club in her upper right hand, a conch in her lower left hand and a lotus flower in her upper left hand.
Her devotees are freed from sorrow and they get salvation after enjoying all happiness in the world.
LOCATION OF SIDDHESHWARI
Siddheshwari is located at Ck.7/124, Siddheshwari Mohalla. Devotees can travel upto Chowk by rickshaw and travel on foot to this temple by asking for directions.
Siddheshwari temple also houses Chandra Koop and Chandreshwar and is a powerful Peeth called Siddh Peeth. Siddheshwari is known as Siddhidatri Durga (bestower of Siddhies).
Devotees also visit another temple of Goddess at K.60/29, Sidhamata Galli, in the general location of Kal Bhairav on the 9th day of Navratri.
There is a regular crowd during all Fridays and on certain important days.
TYPES OF POOJA
The place of worship remains open from 05.00 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. and from 04.00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. Timings are flexible. However, darshan is available through grilled door at all times.