Goddess Parvaty requested Lord Shiva to described various Teerths (sacred ponds/lakes) and deities in Kashi. Lord Shiva told her all Lings are carrying the divine powers of Teerths.
Lord Shiva described the divine powers of Bhadreshwar. Towards the north eastern direction of Bhadreshwar is the Up Shanteshwar Ling. By merely touching this Ling, the devotee will get ultimate mental peace. By worshipping this Up Shanta Ling, the devotee is cleansed of his sins accumulated over a long period. (Kashi Khand Chapter 97).
“U” in Up Shanteshwar is pronounced as “U” in put.
LOCATION OF THE TEMPLE
The temple is located at House No. Ck.2/4, Patani Tola, Bhosala Ghat, Varanasi. One can travel upto Chowk in cycle rickshaw and walk to this place via Sankata Devi Temple (famous landmark). Another famous landmark is the Gangamahal Building. Alternatively, devotees can approach the place by boat upto Bhosala Ghat and climb up the stairs.
TYPES OF POOJAS
The temple is open from 06.00 am to 9.00 p.m. Unlike many other temples in Kashi, devotees are not allowed inside the Sanctum Sanctorum in this temple. This is in variance with what has been mentioned in Kashi Khand where people were allowed to touch the Shiv Ling. According to old timers, the Ling is considered very powerful and probably due to this reason, now devotees are not allowed to touch the Ling.
While regular poojas are conducted by the Priest, Special poojas are performed on important days like Shivratri and certain Ekadasi days. Aarti is performed daily at morning, afternoon and night.
POOJARIS OF THE TEMPLE
Shri Gopalji Tripathi is the Poojari of the temple.