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Golden Temple (Kashi Vishwanath), Varanasi

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One of the most famous Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, Golden Temple (Kashi Vishwanath) stands on the western bank of the Ganges. Destroyed and reconstructed many times during its history, the latest edition was built by the Maratha monarch in 1780, with three domes made up of pure gold. You can enter the temple sanctum only when the chief officiating priest finishes performing his religious functions. Certain occasions host million visitors, so security measures can get very rigorous. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Golden Temple (Kashi Vishwanath) by using our Varanasi itinerary maker.
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  • FIve thousand years old Temple ,you have to walk a long in narrow lanes of Varanasi and has to pass security check before you can enter the main Temple. 
  • A must visit place for a hindu pilgrim. It is most holy place in whole Varanasi and the main attraction of the city. The entrance through lanes is very dirty and can make you nauseating (no swatch bha...  read more »
  • The golden Temple is the only Temple Hindu Indian crossed throughout our trip in which they could fit only Hindus. Surrounded by a dense network of tiny streets (large type hallway) with lots of people, motorbikes and cows. The streets closely with the temple are controlled by the military which control documents and don't have anything with them other than a document or money. Many people (tourists) complained of not being able to enter the temple. But I say: respect the sacredness, the faith, the desire that people have is that hard? Pretty much leave you close to everything (Varanasi really all that Hinduism can offer to a curious) even at gat where they burn the bodies. If one thing they don't want to make you see, suck it up.
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  • Interesting experience for an open minded non Hindu. We bought a small puja (150) and locked away our phones and cameras near by. Locker seemed to be included in the 150 rupee cost of the puja. Entered via gate 2. Very friendly experience, some donations given to the smaller points of worship. Very busy. Quite intense experience. Very few western tourists. Remember your passports!
  • har har mahadev sarw bhooto ke Shwami BABA Bhoot naath namami jai jai gange
  • Sultanpur u.p har har maha dev jai bholenath ki
  • Just a brief review of finances that you are expected to undergo if a first timer: A person waits for the right bait just near the enterance, takes you in saying the temple is about to close in 5 min! (Rs 500min) Takes to a shop where belongings are to be kept: Rs.220*2 (Rs.440 for a pitha God and a matha God, pooja kit) Another Person from there to temple Rs.500 min A milk guy waits and puts the milk can in your pooja kit and asks for cash when getting back) Rs.50/- A poojary inside the temple at matha demands after putting vibhudhu on your face and reciting few things Rs.500/- demanded A pandit who reads mantra and asks you to recite and later says to put money Rs.1100/- for each parent of ours for prosperity Rs.2200/- If caught in the loop: 4400 minimum they would extract. No. of People involved: 6 in complete coordination including the personals inside the temple and even more interestingly the Police too dont discourage it. This info is mainly to Foreigners to ensure they are prepared and dont get uncomfortable witnessing this! "Athithi devo bhava"
  • Har har mahadev Jay ho mahakal ke -(Devki Nandan Dixit )
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