New Vishwanath Temple
Call it Varanasi, Kashi, or Banaras, the moment any of these names is uttered, the first thing that struck to us is – A City of Moksha (salvation). Founded and occupied by Lord Shiva, it has many temples dedicated to the Him. While every Shiva Temple in the city is flooded with his devotees any day of the year, there are some that have a history behind it. For example, the old Vishwanath Temple that enshrines a Shivalinga is the first Jyortilinga out of the twelve. In spite of being destroyed and rebuilt time and again, it would still be the most-visited temple in the world if the number of people visited it has to be counted.
This temple had such a marvellous impression on Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya that he decided to build one inside the campus of BHU. The plan and the drawing were all prepared by him. He wanted the temple to be an exact replica of the old one. Unfortunately, he passed away before his dream could be realized. His wish was fulfilled by the famous industrialist, Raja Birla of the Birla family. The New Vishwanath Temple was thus built in 1965 inside the campus of BHU. As it is made by the Birla family, it is also called as the Birla Temple.
The temple is built in white marble and is one of the most extravagant temples of the modern times. Besides its glittery, the temple is also known for its tower. It is said that the tower is taller even than the Qutub Minar of New Delhi. The overall look of this new temple is the same as the older one. As clear by the name of the temple, the deity in the sanctum is Shivalinga. Along with this worship house, the BHU campus also has other temples dedicated to Goddess Parvati, Goddess Saraswati, Lord Ganesh, Lord Hanuman, and Nandi. The temple is open all the days of the week from morning 4 to 12 noon and then from 1 pm to evening 9 pm for darshan.