Goddess Parvaty wanted to know about various Shiv Lings and deities at several places in Kashi and Lord Shiva was pleased to narrate about such deities (Kashi Khand, Chapter 97).
Lord Shiva narrates about Kardhameshwar Ling in the vicinity of Ark Vinayak (Lolark) and this Ling is in between Ark Vinayak and Durga Devi.
A devotee who worships Kardhameshwar will be blessed by Lord Shiva and the devotee will see his wishes fulfilled.
LOCATION OF KARDHAMESHWAR
Kardhameshwar is located at No. B.2/17, in the temple premises of Mahishasurmardini (Chamunda Devi). Devotees can reach this place by travelling upto Lolark by rickshaw and then on foot. Mahishasurmardini temple is quite famous.
The authors would like to add one point. In the Pancha Krosha Yatra (Religious Tour which circumambulates the entire Kashi area whereby 128 deities are worshipped), Kardhameshwar temple is mentioned in Kandava Village. This place falls about 7 Kms. south-west of Assi. This Kardhameshwar temple has been constructed in the 10th Century and is famous for its architecture and is supposed to be the oldest Hindu temple, archaeologically. Devotees may worship this temple also.
TYPE OF POOJA
The temple is open from 05.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. and from 05.00 p.m. to 09.00 p.m. Aarties are held in the morning and evening. Evening aarti at around 07.00 – 07.30 is worth watching.