Bharat Mata Temple
Varanasi has been built on the foundation of innumerable Hindu temples. Every nook and corner of the city has at least one small temple. The tradition of building worship places in the city has been followed since time immemorial. The very existence of innumerable temples makes the city sacred and one of the seven holiest places in India. No way can the history of Varanasi be written without the mention of worship places. Be it any era the city has gone through, construction of temples has never stopped. There are small and large temples in Varanasi built during the ancient, medieval and the modern periods. Though the idols of gods are traditionally installed inside the temples, there is a temple dedicated to the nation. Bharat Mata Temple is that new-age temple built in 1936 inside the Kashi Vidyapeeth campus.
The Bharat Mata Temple is a perfect example of India’s unity in diversity. It is one of a kind of temple that has no idol. The god that is enshrined in this temple is our beloved Mother India. A marble structure of Mother India is an deity of this temple. A temple worshipped in dedication of mother nation is rare to find anywhere in the world. It was built by Babu Shiv Prasad Gupt, who was a staunch follower of Mahatma Gandhi. He even offered the honour of inaugurating the temple to him.
The temple also called as Bharat Mata Mandir is a beautifully constructed three-dimensional structure glorifying the spirit of undivided India. The marble structure depicts India’s map and includes all the life-giving elements god has bestowed on the country. One can clearly see lands, hills and oceans on the map. What makes the temple more beautiful is the perfect setting and surroundings. From here, the natural beauty of the Ganges and the holy ghats can clearly be seen. The temple is built in a pentagonal cone shape and is supported by five pillars. It is the perfect embodiment of patriotism and spirit of India.