AADI MAHADEV (MAHADEV LING)

Lord Kartikeya was describing various important Shiv Lings in his narration in Kashi Khand (Chapter 68). 

 

Aadi Mahadev

Aadi Mahadev

In Satya Yug, in response to devout prayers by Devas and Rishis, one Ling emerged from the Bhoomi and manifested itself. This came to be called  Mahadev Ling.  This Ling gets the credit of making Kashi a Mukti Kshetra (region free from bondage). A person who peforms pooja and archana with sincere devotion at this temple will reach Shiva’s abode after death, even if he happens to die in any place other than Kashi.   

A devotee who sincerely prays to Lord Mahadev in Kashi, gets the punya equivalent to praying all Lings available in the entire world. A person who performs pooja at least once at Mahadev temple, will find a place in Lord Shiva’s abode after death (Kashi Khand, ibid).

Special importance is attached to the offering of Yagyopaveeth (Sacred Thread) at Mahadev temple on Chaturdasi Day after Amavasya during Shravan Month (July-August) (Kashi Khand, ibid).

 

Presently the temple is known as Aadi Mahadev Temple.

 

LOCATION OF THE TEMPLE

The temple is located at No. A-3/92, behind Trilochan Temple.  The temple is approachable from Birla hospital after Machhodari upto which place, people can travel by Auto or Cycle Rickshaw. Alternatively, they can have a boat ride upto Trilochan Ghat and climb the steps. 

 

TYPES OF POOJAS

The temple is open from 05.00 a.m to 9.00 p.m.   Mangala Aarti is performed at 05.00 a.m., Shringar  at 06.30 a.m., and Aarti at 07.00 a.m. The temple is open till 09.00 p.m.

POOJARIS OF THE TEMPLE

Shri Girish Chand Mehrotra is the Poojari of the temple.

AAPA STAMBESHWAR

Lord Shiva was narrating the various sacred Teerths (Ponds), Koop (Wells) and places of worship in Kashi.  Lord Shiva described such places with pleasure (Kashi Khand, Chapter 97).

Aapa Stambeshwar

Aapa Stambeshwar

In the vicinity of Madhyameshwar is the Aapa Stambeshwar Ling. By worshipping this Ling, the devotee is blessed with Brahma Gyan (ultimate knowledge).  In the present day context, this may be taken as good education/studies.

LOCATION OF AAPA STAMBESHWAR

Aapa Stambeshwar is located at K-53/66, Dara Nagar. People can approach this temple by rickshaw through Bisheshwarganj/GPO and walk through the locality of Madhyameshwar temple.  The landmark for this temple is a well and Boodhwa Baba temple (Hanuman).

TYPES OF POOJA

The temple is open throughout the day. People can perform pooja as per their convenience with sacred Ganges water and flowers etc.

AADI VARAHESHWAR

Kashi Khand, Chapter 100 states that devotees should undertake religious tour (Yatra) of various deities situated inside the main area of Kashi. This Yatra is known as Antargrihi Yatra and should be undertaken daily.

Among the deities to be worshipped one is Aadi Varaheshwar Shiv Ling.  People who worship this deity will not have any fear or worry in their minds.

 

Aadi Varaheshwar

Aadi Varaheshwar

LOCATION OF AADI VARAHESHWAR

Aadi Varaheshwar is located at D.17/111, inside Ram Mandir, Dasaswamedh Ghat. The Aadi Varaheshwar Shiv Ling is  located behind the Ram Lakshman idols.  Devotees can reach this place by travelling upto Dasaswamedh Ghat by rickshaw and walking down the steps.  Alternatively they can take a boat ride upto Dasaswamedh Ghat and climb the steps.

TYPES OF POOJA

The temple remains opens for worship from 05.00 p.m. to 12.00 Noon and from 04.00 p.m. to 09.30 p.m.  Timings may be flexible.  Aarties are performed in the morning and evening.

POOJARIES OF THE TEMPLE

Shri Ram Prasad is available in the temple premises and he can be contacted on his Cell No. (0)9889660341 for performing any special pooja etc.

AGASTHYESHWAR

Sage Narad came across Vindhya mountains and told the latter that Sumeru Mountain was growing in height and Vindhya mountain would soon be surpassed.  Irked by this, Vindhya mountain started growing higher and higher.  In the process, he blocked the sunlight to major part of the world.  This created chaos.   Many of the living beings, plants etc. started to die.  Devas and other learned men ran to Lord Brahma and pleaded with him to intervene.  Lord Brahma advised them to go to Kashi and take up the matter with Sage Agasthya.

Devas alongwith Brihaspati came to Kashi and straight away went to Sage Agasthya’s Ashram.  They saw a serene atmosphere where the Sage was praying to Lord Shiva in the form of a Shiv Ling installed by the former.  The Shiv Ling was known as Agasthyeshwar.  Sage Agasthya had dug a kund which was later called Agasthya Kund where he used to take bath daily and perform all the pooja and rituals in worship of Lord Shiva.  Kashi Khand, Chapter 3 has described in detail the tranquil and divine ambience of the Ashram.

Agasthyeshwar

Agasthyeshwar

Those devotees who take bath in Agasthya kund and perform the rituals for their forefathers, will derive  full benefits of staying in Kashi. (Kashi Khand, Chapter 26).

Devotees should take bath in Agasthya Kund and perform the rituals for their forefathers.  They should worship Agasthyeshwar. Such devotees will be absolved of all their sins.  All their sufferings will vanish and they  will reach heaven after their death. (Kashi Khand, Chapter 61).

LOCATION OF AGASTHYESHWAR

Agasthyeshwar Ling is located at D.36/11, August Kund Mohalla. This will come somewhere in the vicinity of Nattu Kottai Chatram. Devotees who approach from Godowlia will come across Susheel Cinema.  Immediately after the cinema, they should take a left turn and at the end of the lane they should take another left turn and climb the huge steps on the right.

The temple also houses a Shirdi Sai Baba idol which is widely worshipped by local devotees.

Agasthya Kund is almost fully dried up but the entire locality is known by the name of August Kunda in reverence to Sage Agasthya and Agasthyeshwar Ling.

TYPES OF POOJA

The place of worship is open from 09.00 a.m. to 09.00 p.m.  Devotees can worship as per their convenience.

POOJARIES OF THE TEMPLE

Shri Sanjay Roha is the priest of the temple and can be contacted on his Cell No. (0)9450528883 for performing any special pooja etc.

AGNEESHWAR

 

Agneeshwar

Agneeshwar

Once there lived a pious Brahmin called Vishwanar alongwith his wife Suchishmati.  After due prayers, they were blessed with a male child. The child was named  Grahapati by all elders and eminent personalities.

Vishwanar performed all the sanskars (rituals) connected with child birth and upbringing of a child.  Upanayan Sanskar of Grahapati was  performed at the age of five and he was given Brahmopadesh.  The boy learnt all the vidyas from his Guru/father.

One day Sage Narad visited their house and was overwhelmed by the hospitality extended by Vishwanar and his family.  Sage Narad made Grahapati sit on his lap and examined him in detail.  Afterwards, Narad told the parents that the child had all the indications of a Raja Yog and all parts of his body, his mannerisms etc. pointed out to that.  But at the age of twelve, he will have to face a very serious threat to his life by Lightning (Agni).  After saying this, Sage Narad left their place.

On hearing this, both the parents were taken aback. Vishwanar fainted and his wife started weeping bitterly. On seeing their parents’ plight, Grahapati told them that he will go to Kashi and start worshipping Lord Shiva in his form of Mrityunjay.  He came to Kashi, took bath in Manikarnika Teerth and worshipped Lord Vishweshwar.

Soon Grahapati installed a Shiv Ling and started performing intensive Tapas to please Lord Shiva.  He performed abhishek with 108 pots of Ganges water on this ling and performed various poojas and archana with flowers and other ingredients.  He was on fast for several months at a stretch and this went on for two consecutive years till he attained the age of 12.  The danger time, prescribed by Sage Narada had approached.

Lord Indra appeared before Grahapati and offered him a divine wish. Grahapati respectfully stated that he was worshipping Lord Shiva and the latter can only grant him any wish or blessing and none else.  Lord Indra claimed that he was the only God who could bless him. Grahapati again politely repeated his words, which infuriated Lord Indra to such an extent that he attacked Grahapati with Vajraayud (thunderbolt).  Grahapati on account of the above attack, fell down unconscious.

Then Lord Shiva appeared before him and woke him up. Grahapati woke up as if he was awakened from a deep sleep and saw Lord Shiva in person standing before him.  Lord Shiva told Grahapati that the latter was put to test.  None of the devotees of Lord Shiva need to fear from any one as they are under the protection of the Almighty.  He told Grahapati that the latter would have the status of Deva.

The Ling installed by Grahapati will henceforth be known by the name of Agneeshwar Ling. A devotee who worships Agneeshwar Ling will not have any fear from lightning or fire.  He will not be faced with Akal Mrityu (untimely death).  If a person performs pooja etc. of Agneeshwar in Kashi, he will reach Agni Lok even if he dies elsewhere.  After saying all this, Vishweshar disappeared into the Agneeshwar Ling. (Kashi Khand, Chapter 11).

 

LOCATION OF THE TEMPLE

The temple is located at House No. Ck.2/1, Patani Tola, Bhosala  Ghat, Varanasi.  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 Bhosale Ghat/Ganesh Ghat near Mehta Hospital and climb up the steps.

TYPES OF POOJAS

The temple is open from 07.00 am to 9.00 a.m.  and in the evening from 06.00 p.m. to 10 p.m. Special poojas are performed on important days like Shivratri and certain Ekadasi days. Devotees can perform pooja as per their convenience. 

POOJARIS OF THE TEMPLE

Shri Gopinath Dixit is the Poojari of the temple and he can be contacted at his Phone  number 0542-2390795 for doing any special pooja.

AGNI DHRUVESHWAR

Kashi Khand, Chapter 100 states that devotees should undertake religious tour (Yatra) of eleven Shiv Lings. This Yatra is known as Ekadasha Maha Rudra Yatra. (Ekadasha means eleven).

Agni Dhruveshwar Ling is the first Ling in the above Yatra.  This Yatra should be undertaken as often as possible.

Agni Dhruveshwar (Jageshwar)

Agni Dhruveshwar (Jageshwar)

Devotees who worship Agni Dhruveshwar will attain Rudra Padavi (equivalent to Lord Rudra – Lord Shiva).

LOCATION OF AGNI DHRUVESHWAR

Agni Dhruveshwar is also known as Jageshwar Mahadev and is located at J.66/4, Ishwar Gangi. (Reference:  Book by Pt. Kedarnath Vyas). People can reach this place by rickshaw or auto as Ishwar Gangi/Jageshwar temple is quite famous. Another landmark is Adarsh School.  Agni Dhruveshwar (Jageshwar) Ling is a very huge Ling and probably the biggest Ling ever seen. This can be judged by the height of the man standing near the Ling.

TYPES OF POOJA

The place of worship is open from 04.00 a.m. to 12.00 Noon and from 04.00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. Mangala Aarti is held at 05.00 a.m., Bhog Aarti at 12.00 p.m. and evening aarti at 07.00 p.m.

POOJARIES FO THE TEMPLE

Shri Vimal Kumar Pandey is available in the temple premises and he can be contacted on his Cell No. (0)9889918110 for performing any special pooja etc.

AMARESHWAR

According to Kashi Khand, Chapter 69, the place where Lord Shiva wore the skin of Gajasur after slaying the latter, was called Rudra Vasam. (Kindly refer to Krithi Vaseshwar).

Once the Lord, in his form as Krithi Vaseshwar, was sitting alongwith Goddess Uma Devi when Nandi offered his prayers and stated that there are 68 places of worship dedicated to Lord Shiva in this holy place.  Various idols/Shiv Lings have been brought from several other places by Nandi and installed in Kashi. 

Amareshwar

Amareshwar

From Ganga Sagar Teerth, one Ling by name of Amareshwar has appeared in the Holy city of Kashi. Devotees who worship this ling will lead a long and happy life, without any fear of untimely death.

This Ling is symbolic of Amarnath Shiv Ling and devotees who cannot travel to Amarnath will derive the same benefits if they pray to this Lord.

LOCATION OF AMARESHWAR

Amareshwar is located at B-2/20, behind Lolark Kund, Bhadaini.  People can travel almost upto Lolark (famous landmark) near Assi and behind Lolark is a building bearing the above number and this Ling is situated in the eastern side of the building below the ground level.

TYPES OF POOJA

This place is open for darshan throughout and devotees can perform pooja by themselves.

AMRITESHWAR

Once there was a Grihastha Rishi (one who leads a normal family life) named Shanaru in Kashi. He used to observe all the prayer codes as laid down in  Sanathana Dharma. He performed Brahma Yagnam, Linga Pooja and all the related rituals daily.

One day his son, Upajangini was playing in the nearby forest where he was bitten by a snake and the boy’s body went inert.  Totally crestfallen at his son’s death, the Sage brought the body to a place near Swarg Dwar in Kashi which was near Mahasmashan (cremation ground). He placed the boy in a mound of mud and started pondering on the next course of action regarding  the cremation.

Unknown to him, under the ground, there was a small Ling of the shape and size of a goose berry (amla). The Shiv Ling was so powerful that by its radiation, the boy Upajangini who was declared dead, got up as if from deep slumber. The sage was utterly surprised as to what had happened.  Precisely at that time, one snake passed through the muddy area with a dead worm in its mouth.  The moment the dead worm came into contact with the muddy area, it revived.

The sage wondered there must be something in that muddy area which he thought must contain Amrita Sanjivini (elixir capable of overcoming death).  He started digging the mud and found one small Ling of the shape and size of a goose berry.  The sage immediately took the Shiv Ling out of the mud, and after observing all the rituals, installed the Shiv Ling ceremonially.  He then started worshipping the Shiv Ling which was named by him as Amriteshwar.

Amriteshwar

Amriteshwar

According to Kashi Khand, Chapter 94, devotees who touch Amriteshwar Ling will attain Amritatva (victory over death).  The Shiv Ling has been described to be  so powerful as to make the dead people alive. It is also said that those who pray to Amriteshwar will have no fear of rebirth.

Further, in Kashi Khand, Chapter 73, Lord Shiva tells Goddess Parvaty about fourteen powerful Shiv Lings in Kashi which are capable of giving mukti to devotees.  Amriteshwar is first among the fourteen mentioned by Lord Shiva.

LOCATION OF AMRITESHWAR

Amriteshwar is located at Ck.33/28, Neel Kant, Baccha Maharaj Ganga Putra House.  From Neelkanteshwar devotees will take a left turn (towards the eastern side) and after walking a few yards, they will come across a Kali Temple.  Amriteshwar is just opposite  the Kali temple. People can travel upto Chowk by rickshaw and walk upto this place. The temple is located close to Adi Chunchanagiri Mahasamsthana Shakha Mutt of Karnataka.

Amriteshwari Devi

Amriteshwari Devi

The place of worship also houses Amriteshwari Devi who finds mention in Kashi Khand, Chapter 70.

TYPES OF POOJA 

The place of worship is open throughout and devotees can perform pooja on their own.

ANGEERAYESHWAR

Kashi Khand, Chapter 18 mentions that various Lings have been installed in the holy city of Kashi by great Rishis (Sages).  It is worth mentioning here that on account of intense prayers to the Lords, the Sages have attained divine powers.

Angeerayeshwar

Angeerayeshwar

In Harikes gardens, Sage Angeeras has installed a Shiv Ling which is known as Angeerayeshwar. Devotees who worship this Ling will achieve Tejas (radiant energy) and will reach heaven after death.

LOCATION OF ANGEERAYESHWAR

Angeerayeshwar is located at D-35/77, Jangambari Mutt, Jangambari, Varanasi.  This is a famous place and can be reached by rickshaw.  The Shiv Ling is located on the right side when a devotee enters the main gate.

TYPES OF POOJA

The Ling is installed inside the premises of Jangambari Mutt. However, devotees can have darshan as per their convenience.  People can perform pooja on their own. Our enquiries revealed that the place of worship is open from 06.00 a.m. to 09.00 p.m.

ASHADESHWAR

On a request by Goddess Parvaty, Lord Shiva  described various Teerths (sacred ponds/lakes) and deities in Kashi. Lord Shiva told her all Lings are having  the divine powers of Teerths.

Ashadeshwar

Ashadeshwar

Lord Shiva described the power of Ashadeshwar Ling.  A devotee worshipping this Ling is cleansed of all his sins. (Kashi Khand 97).

Ashadeshwar temple is a stand alone temple and well maintained.  A multitude of devotees visit this temple.  While the ancient Ling (Kashi Khand) is available towards the back side of the temple, within the last century some noble person has installed a Ling within the sanctum sanctorum of the temple.  Devotees worship both the Lings. 

LOCATION OF THE TEMPLE

The temple is located at K.63/53, Kashipura. People can travel almost upto this place by rickshaw through a place called Lohatia. Another approach is through Jyestha Gauri where people can cross Bhoot Bhairav and take a left turn to reach this place.  It is advisable to combine visit of this temple alongwith darshan of other deities in the vicinity.

TYPES OF POOJA

The temple is open from 05.00 a.m. in the morning to 11.30 a.m. and from 05.00 p.m. to 10.30 p.m.  The timings are flexible.  Aarties are held in the morning and evening.

POOJARIES OF THE TEMPLE

Shri Srikant Upadhyaya is the priest of the temple and devotees may contact him at his cell No. (0)9005165712 for performing any special pooja, Rudram etc.

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