durga temple varanasi

Durga Temple

Goddess Durga is the embodiment of feminine power. She personifies feminine anger, strength, and defiance. She is worshipped by Hindu women and men from every part of the world. Believed to be the incarnation of Goddess Parvati, she is always hailed as the supreme power when it comes to punishing the defiler of the weaker sex of the society. She is being worshipped in every Hindu home and temple of India. Durga temple dedicated to her in Varanasi is an overwhelming example of devotion, belief, and hope in her among her votaries. The unique thing about this temple is that the idol of the goddess is not created by any human. In fact, it is self-manifested, which means it occurred on its own on the very same spot.

The temple was built in the 18th century by a queen from Bengal. It has the north-Indian style of architecture with multi-tiered spire. The overall structure of the temple is in a square shape. Even the compound that is covering it has been built in a square. There are a couple of rooms inside the temple for stocking supplies and performing yagya. The square campus is brimming with trees and plants, which makes the atmosphere around the temple cool and soothing. The entire campus is paved and is used for walking and site-seeing by visitors.

Since Mother Durga is a perfect example of feminine power, the temple and campus are coloured in red. There is also a pond inside the campus, which is called Durga Kunda. This Kunda has stairs build in stone. Each four corner of the pond has a watch pillar. To give a consistent look to the temple, the pond, pillars, and the stairs too are constructed in a square shape. Initially, the opening of the Kunda was connected to the river through a channel to ensure it stays full throughout the year. However, the channel has been cut off recently to avoid the flood situation. The only way it replenishes itself is through the rain water and draining from the temple. On the occasion of Nag Panchami every year, local artists enact the scene of Lord Vishnu resting on Shesha Nag in the Kunda.