Tulsi Manas Temple
Commemorating historical, spiritual, important movements and creations is a practice in India that is followed for a long time. To remember that day and time, a monument is built and inscriptions on it specify what it is made for. In the olden days, one creation that changed the Hindu philosophy was the Ramcharitamanasa, a holy book on the life of Lord Rama. The text for the holy book was translated from Sanskrit to Awadhi language by Tulsidas. The place where he wrote the book was considered auspicious and hence, the Tulsi Manas Temple was built there in 1964.
The temple is close to the Durga Temple. It is three miles from the railway station of Varanasi and half-mile from the Banaras Hindu University. It was built in white marble in dedication of Lord Ram. The beauty of the temple is not just because it is made up of marble. The aesthetic is raised by the beautiful surroundings and landscaping as well. The landscaping that covers the temple has been named as the Tulsi Garden. There is also a statue of the Tulsidas in the garden with his famous verse. To the left of the temple is a magnificent pond overlooking four ghats. Each side of the pond has an image to symbolize an important event from the Hindu epics. The image that stands to the north ghat is of Shri Kakbhushundi Ji. To the southern ghat is an effigy of Shri Yagywalkaji Maharaj. The eastern ghat has an image of Shri Ashutosh Shankar. And the western ghat has a statue of Goswami Tulsidas.
Ram Darbar is right at the centre of the temple. There are idols of Lord Hanuman, Goddess Parvati, Laman, and Lord Shiva. There are inscriptions of Hindu verses on the walls. Statues and images depicting the tale of Ramayana are on the second floor. The timing of the Tulsi Manas Mandir is from 5:30 in the morning to 12 noon, and from 3:30 in the afternoon until 9:00 in the evening. Aarti is performed twice a day in the temple. It starts at 6:00 in the morning, and is performed again at 4:00 in the evening.