TRILOCHANESHWAR

Trilochan Ling finds mention in Kashi Khand as Trivishtabh Ling.  In the south of Trilochan, three holy rivers Yamuna, Saraswati and Narmada joined together once. It is believed that these three rivers themselves performed abhishek of Trilochan Ling (Kashi Khand, Chapter 75).

While Omkareshwar Ling attained prime importance among all Lings in Kashi, the importance of darshan of Trilochan Ling is given more prominence.  Trilochan is a Swayambhu Ling and  it is stated in Kashi Khand that the Ling came to the earth from seven Patal Lokas, piercing each and every layer.

Trilochaneshwar

Trilochaneshwar

Let alone having darshan, even uttering the word of Trilochan by mouth will cleanse the devotee of his sins.  A person knowingly or unknowingly committing sins in any place, finds mukti in Kashi and a person committing a similar sin in Kashi finds mukti by eulogizing (praising) Trilochan Ling. (Kashi Khand, ibid).

The three rivers mentioned above join together in a Teerth called Pilpila Teerth.  It is believed that taking a bath in Pilpila Teerth and having darshan of Trilochan is considered very auspicious.

Performing pooja/archana of Trilochan on all Ashtami and Chaturdashi days are auspicious.  In Vaishaka Month (April 20-May 20) Shukla Paksha Tritheeya (third day after Amavasya), also known as Akshay Tritheeya is a very very auspicious day and people who observe vrath (fast) on that day and perform Shraadh Karma (rituals towards their forefathers) attain high level of enlightenment and obtain blessings of their ancestors and Gods.

If all the Shiv Lings in the world are visualised as a human being (personified), Trilochan Ling is the Eye of the Personified structure.  Local pundits believe that Trilochan Ling is the third eye of Vishweshwar Ling.

In Kashi Khand, besides Pilpila Teerth, there is mention of Padodak Koop (well). This Koop is still existing in the temple premises.  Pilpila Teerth is existing in the form of Pilpila Koop very near to Trilochan temple. While the Padodak well has been kept covered, there is a pump attached to the well, with the help of which water is drawn.

LOCATION OF THE TEMPLE

Trilochaneshwar Temple is located at A-2/80, Trilochan Ghat.  The temple is approachable from Birla Hospital after Machhodari upto which place, devotees can travel by Auto or Cycle Rickshaw. Alternatively, they can have a boat ride upto Trilochan Ghat and climb the steps. This temple also houses Varanasi Devi which finds mention in Kashi Khand, Chapter 33.

 

 

TYPES OF POOJAS

The temple is open for worship 05.30 a.m. to 12.00 noon and 05.00 p.m. to 11 p.m.  Mangala Aarti is performed at 05.30 a.m. and Shayan Aarti at 11.00 p.m.

Taking bath in Padodak Koop on Akshay Tritheeya day and performing pooja of Trilochan is very auspicious and there is heavy rush on the above day even now.

Jal Shringar is done on Akshay Tritheeya Day  in the evening which is very well worshipped by devotees.

For doing special pooja etc., it is advisable to consult the Poojari before hand.

The temple also houses a Shiv Ling known as Saraswateeshwar, which finds mention in Kashi Khand.

POOJARIS OF THE TEMPLE

Pandit Girija Shankar Pandey is the Poojari of the temple and he can be contacted in his Cell number (0)9236511267 for doing any special pooja.

SAHASRAKSHESHWAR

SAHASRAKSHESHWAR

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. 

Sahasraksheshwar

Sahasraksheshwar

From Suvarna Teerth, one Ling by name of Sahasraksheshwar has appeared in the Holy city of Kashi. This Ling is mentioned to be to the south of Shaileshwar. Devotees who worship this Ling will be absolved of their sins committed over the years including those committed in their previous births.  Kashi Khand mentions that sins committed in hundred thousand births will be washed away.

LOCATION OF SAHASRAKSHESHWAR

Sahasraksheshwar is located at A-40/11, Marhia Ghat, Shailputri. If one travels from Varanasi Railway station through G.T. Road, just before Varanasi City Station, a small road takes a left turn where he will encounter a level crossing. After crossing the road, he will have to travel for about 2 Kms. to reach this place. People can travel upto this place by rickshaw/auto rickshaw and most of the drivers know the place where Shailputri temple is located.

TYPES OF POOJA

The temple is open from 5.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon  and from 03.00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. Aarties are performed in the morning and in the evening.  The timings may vary a little.

POOJARIES OF THE TEMPLE

The temple is under the charge more than one family and their turn rotates once in six months.  As such the name is not given.

SAMUDRESHWAR

Goddess Parvaty wanted to know about the various Shiv Lings and deities  located at several places in Kashi and Lord Shiva was pleased to narrate about such deities (Kashi Khand, Chapter 97).

In the vicinity of Eeshaneshwar and Langlishwar, Kashi Khand mentions one Samudreshwar Ling.

Samudreshwar

Samudreshwar

Devotees who worship these Lings will attain Siddhi and Moksha.  They will not be regarded as ordinary mortals by the community.

LOCATION OF SAMUDRESHWAR

Samudreshwar is located in the main road at Bansphatak.  When a devotee proceeds from Godowlia to Chowk, just after Bansphatak Vishwanath Gulli, Samudreshwar will be on the right side of the road.  If a devotee is traveling from Chowk to Godowlia, this deity will be on the left side of the road just before Bansphatak Vishwanath Gulli.  Locals refer to this Ling as Ardha Kapari Baba.

TYPES OF POOJA

The place of worship is open from 06.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m and from 05.00 p.m. to 09.00 p.m. The timings are somewhat flexible. Devotees can worship and perform pooja as per their convenience.

SATISHWAR

Long time back Lord Brahma offered intense prayers to Lord Shiva whereupon the latter appeared before the former and offered a divine wish.  Lord Brahma desired that Lord Shiva should become his son and Goddess Parvaty should become the daughter of Daksh.  Lord Shiva agreed to this.

Lord Shiva appeared out of Lord Brahma’s head as a small boy and was named by Lord Brahma as Rudra. Lord Brahma was very happy that he can keep Lord Shiva (though in the form of small boy Rudra) in his house, he can always play with the boy, eat with the boy, sit in the same place and undertake all such activities that a father shares with his son.

While Lord Shiva took the form of a boy named Rudra as mentioned above, Goddess Parvaty became the daughter of Daksh and was known as Sati. When she came of age, in order to get a good husband, she came to Kashi and started worshipping Lord.  One day a Ling appeared before her and from inside came the voice of  Lord Shiva.

Satishwar Temple

Satishwar Temple

Lord Shiva told Sati that her wishes will be fulfilled and there was no further need of any intense prayers. The Ling which appeared before her was called Satishwar and those girls or boys who sincerely worship this Ling will get spouse of their choice.  Besides, those devotees who pray to this Ling with sincere devotion will get their wishes fulfilled.

Lord Shiva further told Sati that the latter’s father would give her in Kanyadaan to the former and that Sati’s wishes would be fulfilled. After saying this, Lord Shiva vanished inside the Ling. (Kashi Khand, Chapter 93)

LOCATION OF SATISHWAR

Satishwar is located at K-46/32, on the road leading to Vridhha Kaleshwar/Mrityunjeshwar.  People can travel upto this place by rickshaw and the nearest landmark is Bisheshwarganj/GPO. 

TYPES OF POOJA

The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 02.00 p.m. and from 04.30 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. Aarties are performed in the morning and  in the evening.  The timings may vary a little.

POOJARIES OF THE TEMPLE

Shri Gauri Shankar Pathak is the Poojari of this temple and can be contacted at his Nos. 0542-2440028 and Cell (0)9335386171 for performing any special pooja etc.

SHAILESHWAR

Giri Raj, Himavan, reached Kashi to meet his daughter Goddess Parvaty and carried with him a lot of Gifts. (For details kindly refer to Ratneshwar). When Giri Raj heard about the greatness of Lord Visweshwara, his generosity and the attractive beauty of his palace, he (Giri Raj) felt ashamed and he felt that the huge quantities of Ratnas (precious stones) brought by him as gift for his daughter was no match to what was possessed by Lord Visweshar.  By the time it was evening. Giri Raj got busy during the night.

He also decided to build a temple in dedication to Lord Shiva.  He summoned all his physically powerful and knowledgeable workers and sculptors from the mountain and instructed them to construct a temple, with a strong belief that by getting a temple constructed for Lord Shiva, he will be respected not only in this world but in various other worlds (Lok).

Kashi Khand, Chapter 66 also states that a person who constructs a Shiva Temple in Kashi gets the fruits of constructing houses for all the three worlds. He will get the benefits accruing out of performing very big Yagyas. Listening to all his advices, the workers of Giri Raj set upon the task and worked throughout the night.  By early morning they finished the construction of a temple near the river Varuna.

 

 

Shaileshwar

Shaileshwar

Soon Giri Raj installed a Shiv Ling called Shaileshwar in the temple. After taking bath in Pancha Nada Teerth and worshipping Kaal Bhairav, Giri Raj left all the ratnas (precious stones) at a particular place in a heap and left for his abode in the mountains.

This temple was spotted by two Shiv Gans who immediately reported the matter to Lord Shiva.  They were surprised that just one day before there was no temple and some how the place of worship has sprung up overnight. Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvaty and the Shiv Gans soon reached the place where they saw the beautiful temple and the Shiv Ling which was radiating light.  Both Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvaty were extremely happy at seeing this and Lord Shiva saw the inscriptions in the temple and immediately realized that the noble work has been done by Giri Raj.

Goddess Parvaty was also extremely pleased. She requested Lord Shiva that he should be present in that Ling, to which Lord Shiva agreed.  Lord Shiva further stated that those who take bath in Varuna River and worship Shaileshwar will attain Moksha.  The devotees who worship Shaileshwar will never be unhappy in their lives.  Goddess Parvaty also blessed that the devotees who worship Shaileshwar will be like the children of the Goddess.

LOCATION OF SHAILESHWAR

Shaileshwar is located at A-40/11, Marhia Ghat, Shailputri. If one travels from Varanasi Railway station through G.T. Road, just before Varanasi City Station, a small road takes a left turn where he will encounter a level crossing. After crossing the road, he will travel for about 2 Kms. to reach this place. People can travel upto this place by rickshaw/auto rickshaw and most of the drivers know the place Shailputri.

TYPES OF POOJA

The temple is open from 5.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon  and from 03.00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. Aarties are performed in the morning and in the evening.  The timings may vary a little.

POOJARIES OF THE TEMPLE

The temple is under the charge more than one family and their turn rotates once in six months.  As such the name is not given. 

SHANEESHWAR

Temple housing Shaneeshwar Ling

Temple housing Shaneeshwar Ling

According to Kashi Khand, Surya was born to Kashyap and Dakshayani.  Surya married a lady named Sangya, who was very devoted to her husband, as is expected of dutiful wives.

In due course, two sons and one daughter were born to them. The first one was a boy named Vaivasvathamanu, second again a boy named Yamraj and third was a girl named Yamuna.  However, Sangya somehow felt that the heat emanating from Surya was increasingly becoming unbearable.

Sangya created a clone of herself who was named Chhaya (shadow). She was an alter ego (splitting image) of Sangya.  Under instructions from Sangya, Chhaya was to perform the role of Sangya, spend her life as wife of Surya, without disclosing the secret to any one.  She was also expected to take good care of the above three children. After getting an assurance from Chhaya, Sangya went away to her father’s house.

After some time, Chhaya gave birth to three children of which the second one was Shani.  But once her own children were born she started showing lesser and lesser love to the children of Sangya.  Surya came to know about this and got extremely angry whereupon, Chhaya divulged the secret.  However, considering her innocence, Surya pardoned her.

Surya went in search of Sangya who was undergoing severe and intense prayers. Surya was overwhelmed and pardoned her too.  The boy Shani, born out of Surya and Chhaya came to Kashi, installed a Ling which was later called Shaneeshwar and started worshipping Lord Shiva. He was blessed by Lord  Shiva.

A person who has darshan of this Ling and performs pooja of this Ling on Saturdays will be free from all his afflictions on account of Shani (Shani Dasa, Sade-Saathi etc.)  (Kashi Khand Chapter 17).

LOCATION OF SHANEESHWAR

Shaneeshwar Ling is located at Vishwanath Temple at southern door, No. Ck. 35/19. For directions to reach this place, kindly refer to Visweshwar temple.  Shanishwar ling has got one boundary made of brass. If a devotee enters through the main door of the temple, he should immediately take a left turn and Shaneeshwar Ling is located in the corner, somewhat below the ground level. 

TYPES OF POOJA

Common aarties are conducted by temple authorities.  Devotees may perform pooja by self subject to the regulations of the temple.  Since Visweshwar temple is heavily guarded by police and other forces, it may not be possible to freely sit and perform poojas. 

 

POOJARIES OF THE TEMPLE

The temple is under the management of Administration. Devotees can perform pooja of this Ling by themselves but they may not be allowed to take a long time for their prayers.

SHATKALESHWAR

Goddess Parvaty requested Lord Shiva to describe  various Teerths (Sacred Ponds) and Shiv Lings in the Holy City of Kashi. (Kashi Khand, Chapter 97).  Lord Shiva was very pleased to accede to the request of the Goddess.

Kashi Khand mentions one Shatkaleshwar Ling among various other Shiv Lings.  It is stated in this epic that Lord Shiva stayed in Kashi to bring out this Ling for the benefit of easy darshan to the devotees.

Shatkaleshwar

Shatkaleshwar

A devotee who worships Shatkaleshwar Ling, will live happily for hundred years. 

LOCATION OF SHATKALESHWAR

Shatkaleshwar is located at Ck.17/24, Thatheri Bazar, underground. In local parlance, people call it Peetal Shivala or Shiva Temple made of brass. The place is opp. Dashrath Kala Kendra and near Ck.18/6.  People can worship the Ling through a grill door and no one is allowed near the Ling as old timers consider this Ling to be a very powerful one. 

TYPE OF POOJA

The place of worship is open from morning to evening and only worship is allowed.

SHOOL TANKESHWAR

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 were 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.

Shool Tankeshwar

Shool Tankeshwar

Near Prayag Teerth one can find Shool Tankeshwar Ling.  A devotee who takes bath religiously in Prayag Teerth and worships Shool Tankeshwar,  will attain the benefits equivalent to hundred times the benefits which would have accrued to him, had he taken bath in Prayag (Sangam – Allahabad).

Besides, the devotees will find all round happiness and will attain Moksha.

Here one point is worth mentioning. When river Ganga approached Kashi with a violent force, Lord Shiva threw his Trishul (Trident) hard into the ground, just before the entry point to the South of Kashi. By this action, Ganga had to slow down her force and she agreed to flow gently through Kashi and that she would always remain in Kashi, giving happiness to the residents thereat.  Scientifically speaking, the River Ganga is perennial in Kashi and at some points, even during the dry summer, the depth is over 130 feet.  Accordingly, people believe that Shool Tankeshwar temple is at a point almost 2 Kms. South of Assi.

But according to Kashi Khand, the place has been mentioned in the vicinity of Prayag Teerth, which is almost a part of Dasaswamedh.

LOCATION OF SHOOL TANKESHWAR

Shool Tankeshwar is located at Dasaswamedh Ghat steps. People can reach Dasaswamedh by rickshaw and climb down the steps towards the Ghat. The temple is quite famous, also known as Bada Ling.  Alternatively, they can travel by boat upto Dasaswamedh Ghat and climb the steps.

TYPES OF POOJA

The place of worship is open  from 06.00 a.m. to 12.00 Noon and from 05.30 p.m. to 10.00 p.m.  Timings may be flexible. Devotees can perform pooja on their own.

SHRUTEESHWAR

Kashi Khand, Chapter 33 describes various deities, Shiv Ling etc. in Kashi Kshetra.

Shruteeshwar

Shruteeshwar

In a symbolic reference, Kashi Khand states that if all the Shiv Lings are taken as a form of a human being, Shruteeshwar will represent the head and the decoration thereof.

Devotees who worship  Shruteeshwar will lead a happy life and attain Moksha.

LOCATION OF SHRUTEESHWAR

Shruteeshwar is located at K-53/40, near Ratneshwar, on the road leading to Vridhha Kaleshwar/ Mrityunjeshwar.  People can travel upto this place by rickshaw and the nearest landmark is Bisheshwarganj/GPO. 

Other deities in the vicinity are Satishwar, Krithi Vaseshwar, Vridha Kaleshwar, Mahakaleshar, Mrityunjeshwar, Ratneshwar etc. details whereof are given elsewhere.

TYPES OF POOJA

The temple is open from 06.00 a.m. to 12.00 Noon. and from 05.00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. Aarties are held in the morning and evening.  The timings may be flexible.

For doing special pooja, it is advisable to consult the Poojari before hand. 

POOJARIS OF THE TEMPLE

Shri Dinesh Chandra Gaur is the Poojari of the temple and he can be contacted in his Cell number 9369004142 for performing any pooja etc.

SHUKRESHWAR

Long time ago, Shukra came to Kashi, intalled a Shiv Ling, dug a Well and started worshipping Lord Shiva by offering various prayers.  He offered various types of flowers, leaves etc. in the course of his pooja.  Shukra thus prayed Lord Shiva for several years.  Despite his devotion, Lord Shiva did not appear before him.

Shukra then started surviving by consuming the fumes of burnt rice husk and he continued his sincere prayers for a long long time.  Finally Lord Shiva appeared before him and blessed him with divine wish. Shukra started singing various kinds of praises of Lord Shiva and again started performing various Poojas.  Lord Shiva was overwhelmed by Shukra’s sincerity and stated that the latter will be regarded as his (Lord  Shiva’s) own son.

Lord Shiva also told him the secret of Mrita Sanjivini (elixir or potion capable of giving life to the dead).  Lord Shiva also granted that Shukra will shine in the Galaxy among all planets and those marriages which are cosummated with Shukra  in a favourable position will be blissful and happy marriages.  (Even today, when marriages are fixed, the astrologers ensure that Shukra’s planetary position is not adverse).

 

Shukreshwar

Shukreshwar

Those who worship the Ling installed by Shukra (Lord Shiva named this Ling as Shukreshwar) will be blessed with all happiness and attainment in life.  A devotee who performs pooja etc. of Shukreshwar Ling for one year with complete devotion will be blessed with good children and will attain all happiness.  After narrating all these, Lord Shiva disappeared into the Shukreshwar Ling.   (Kashi Khand, Chapter 16).

Even today, when a person is having a very good time, people regard him as having a Shukra Dasa (time allotted to Shukra in a person’s life).  Similarly, for marriage purpose Shukra is given much importance.

There is a well called Shukra Koop nearby which is supposed to have divine properties.

LOCATION OF SHUKRESHWAR

Shukreshwar is located in a lane parallel to the lane occupied by Annapurna temple and Visweshwar temple at D-8/30, Kalika Galli.  The place of worship is open practically throughout the day.

TYPES OF POOJA

The temple is open for darshan through a window throughout the day.  There are no specific poojas. People only worship this deity.

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