Maha Mrityunjay Mahadev Temple

K52, 39, Daranagar, Visheshwarganj, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001
Temple Contact no : 9336586692

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ॐ हौं जूं सः ॐ भूर्भुवः स्वः ,ॐ त्र्यम्बकं यजामहे सुगन्धिं पुष्टिवर्धनम्

उर्वारुकमिव बन्धनान्मृ त्योर्मुक्षीय मामृतात् ,ॐ स्वः भुवः भूः ॐ सः जूं हौं ॐ

Maha Mrityunjay is the Mahakaal swaroop of lord Shiva and the literal meaning of the words is 'The one who has attained victory over Mrityu or Death'. The Maha Mrityunjay mantra as mentioned above is considered to be the most powerful mantra in the universe.
The meaning of the Maha Mrityunjay Mantra is ``We worship Mrityunjay Mahadev who has three eyes" Who is "Fragrant and helps nourishing our lives". "Just as the fruit gets freed from the bondage of the branch that falls on the earth, in the same way we should also be freed from pain and fear of death".

Story of the Temple

Rishi Mrikandu and Marudwati did not have a child even after several years of marriage. The couple then decided to do Shiv Upasana and Tapasya to appease Mahadev.
Lord Shiva was happy with their prayers and asked the couple to make a wish. The couple asked Mahadev to bless them with 'Santan Prapti'.

Lord Shiva gave them the boon but had put forward two conditions :

Either their child will be a very obedient one and towards bhakti but will only have a life of 16 years
The Child will be notorious and lazy but will live for many centuries.

The couple were wise and they decided to choose the former option. After some time they were blessed with a male child named 'Markanday'.
Markanday was an ardent Shiva Bhakta and when his 16th year was about to start he went and held the Maha Mrityunjaya shivling requesting Mahadev to save his life from Kaal.

Lord Shiva obliged his prayers and the Kaal who had come to take back Markanday to Yam Loka was defeated by lord Shiva and he came to be known as ' Maha Mrityunjay' i.e the one who obtained victory.

Importance of the Temple

  1. The Shivling in the Maha Mrityunjay Temple is 'SwayamBhu' i.e it came out on its known and was not consecrated or Pratishthit by any Individual.
  2. According to the Markandeya Purana and Shri Shiv Maha Purana: Devotees who perform Maha Mrityunjay Mantra Jaap in their home attain 'Yatha Roop' benefit i.e equal to what is due. or Devotees who perform the Maha Mrityunjay Mantra Jaap in a 'Shiva Temple' attain twice more Punya, But the Devotees who perform Maha Mrityunjay Mantra Jaap in the Maha Mrityunjay Temple of Kashi attain 'Anant' or infinite times more Punya.
  3. The sacred premises of the Maha Mrityunjay Temple also houses Nageshwar Jyotirlinga and Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga of Kashi.
  4. The Maha Mrityunjay Temple is an ideal place for performing Dosh Nivaran Pujas such as 'Manglik Dosh', 'Kaal Sarp Dosh', and 'Nadi' Dosh.
  5. Devotees from all across the globe come to the Maha Mrityunjay temple to offer their Pujas Sewa and get rid of Doshas in their Kundali.
  6. The Maha Mrityunjay Temple also has the 'Dhanvantari Koop' where many Ayurvedic and natural herbs are believed to have been poured by Dhanvantari Devta.
  7. Devotees after performing Puja take back the sacred water from the Maha Mrityunjay temple to attain wellness and Aarogya.
  8. Any Anyone with the Markesh Dasha or struggling with health issues should necessarily obtain the Sanidhya of Maha Mrityunjay Temple.
  9. All the Navagrahas are obedient to Maha Mrityunjay Mahadev hence any puja offered to him negates the negative impacts Rahu, Ketu, Mangal and Shani Maha Dasha.
  10. The Maha Mrityunjay Temple complex also has Asitang Bhariav who is one of the Ashta Bhairav. And a Hanuman temple was also pratishtit in the temple by Goswami Tulsi Das Ji.

Pujas Performed in the Temple

Auspicious tithis & festivals of temple

Maha Shivratri: Millions of devotees visit Maha Mrityunjay Mahadev Temple on the great night of Shiva to do Dhayaan, Tapasya, Upasana, Sadhana, Rudrabhisekh, Maha Mrityunjay Hawan & Ratri Jagran in the Maha Mrityunjay Mahadev Temple. On this Maha Shivratri tithi, temple is decked up to welcome all the devotees who come from around the globe to be a witness and be a part of the grand celebration taking place in the dearest land of Bhagwaan Shiva (Most Powerful Temple)

Rangbhari Ekadashi: It is one of the main festivals celebrated in the holy city of Varanasi and all the residents carry out the procession of Mahadev pratima across the city. It is believed that on this day for the first time after the marriage, Maha Shivratri tithi Bhagwaan Shiva along with her eternal consode Maa Annapurna enters his favourite city of Varanasi. Also, the day marks the start of the Holi celebration in the city of Varanasi which continues for the next five day up till Purnima Tithi

Ganga Dussehra: Bhagwaan Vishwanath has a down Maa Ganga in his matted locks / Jatta hence Maa Ganga which flowing uttar vahini in the city of Varanasi is extra odinary in nature and of special significance for the devotees. On Ganga Dussehra, Maa Ganga enters into pritvi for the first time hence this day becomes exectional for the Aradhana and worship of both Bhagwaan Kashi Vishwanath & Maa Ganga 

Karthik Purnima: Also Known as Dev Dipawali this is the most auspicious day fo doing Ganga Snaan, Maha Mrityunjay Mahadev Jal Abhisekh & Deep Daan in Maa Ganga. Every Year more than 1 Million devotees visit Varanasi on Kartik Purnima/Dev Deewali to watch the visual spectacle at display around the Maha Mrityunjay Mahadev Temple premises and access the 84 Ghat of Varanasi. On this day of dev Diwali Lord Shiva killed the Tripurasur demon and hence to celebrate this victorious occasion all the 33 Koti devi and devtas came down to Varanasi and let up the Diyas accorss the 84 ghats of Varanasi.  As per the initiative of the State Government of Uttar Pradesh, countless Deepak going in millions are displayed with special Ganga Aarti everywhere in Varanasi 


Darshan & Aarti Timings

Shayan Aarti Timing

12:00 AM

Temple Timing

05:30 AM – 01 PM & 03 PM -10:30 PM

Mangala Aarti Timing


Bhog/Aarti Timing

01:00 PM

Sandhya Aarti Timing

08:00 PM to 08:30 PM

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How to reach Temple

The below are the travel details for the temple

If you're planning to travel by air, you'll need to reach Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport in Varanasi. From there, the Mrityunjay Mahadev Temple is located 25 kilometers away. You can easily reach the temple by taking a taxi or an auto-rickshaw from the airport.
If you prefer traveling by train, you'll want to reach Varanasi Junction Railway Station. The temple is just 3.5 kilometers away from the railway station. You can easily find state transport buses and taxis available 24/7, making it convenient to reach the temple.
If you decide to travel by road, start by reaching Varanasi. From there, head to Varanasi Cantt Bus Stand, which is located near the temple. The temple is approximately 12 kilometers away from the bus stand. State transport buses and taxis operate round the clock, making it easy to reach the temple.

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