Shri Ganga Aditya Temple

No 1/68, below Nepali Mandir, Lalita Ghat 221001
Temple Contact no : 9336586692

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Story of the Temple

Legend associated with Shri Ganga Aditya Temple :
Shri Ganga Aditya (Surya Temple) In Varanasi, the Ganga Aditya Temple is located 1/68 below the Nepali temple at Lalita Ghat.

According to a legend described in the Kashi Khand, when the holy Ganges reached Varanasi, the Sun God arrived there to praise and worship Maa Ganga.

It is believed that from that day the Ganga Aditya was established there and even today Surya Bhagwan is there in the form of Ganga Aditya to praise the glory of Maa Ganga in Kashi.

According to the Skand Purana, devotees get freedom from all their sins and diseases just by having a darshan in the Ganga Aditya (Surya Temple).

In ancient times, the idol of Ganga Aditya was installed along with the idols of Ganga Keshav to the south of

Agastya Kund. But at present these three idols are installed at Lalita Ghat.

Importance of the Temple

  1. Shri Ganga Aditya (Surya Temple) has been given great importance in Kashi and is an important sthal in the Dwadash Aditya Parikrama Yatra of Kashi.
  2. Shri Ganga Aditya Temple is classified as one of the most beautiful places in Varanasi and is believed to take care of the welfare of the natives of Kashi at times when the level of Maa Ganga is rising.
  3. Being at the Ganga Sangam where the water of the Kund meets the water of the Maa Ganga and then reaches the other pilgrimage centers of Varanasi, Shri Ganga Aditya (Surya Temple) is considered one of the major pilgrimage centers of Varanasi.
  4. According to a story narrated in the Kashi Khanda, Lord Shiva ordered Suryadev to go to Kashi and make some dent in the impeccability of Divodas' rule in order to reduce his powers and oust the righteous king Divodas. Shri Aditya Temple is an important part of the Surya Bhagwan's direct presence in Kashi.
  5. Finally, Suryadev decided not to return to Mandarachal and established himself in Kashi in the form of his twelve idols. Being enchanted by the beauty of Kashi, he came to be called Ganga Aditya here.
  6. It is believed that if one goes for the annual darshan of Ganga Aditya on the Sunday of the month of Ganga Dussehra, he is absolved of all his sins.
  7. The devotee who takes a dip in Maa Ganga and performs Shraddha of his ancestors, becomes free from Pitra-Runa. On the Shukla Saptami of January-February, if a person takes a holy darshan in the Vimal Aditya (Surya) Temple.

Pujas Performed in the Temple

Auspicious tithis & festivals of temple

Sunday being the day of Surya Bhagwan witnesses massive footfall in Sri Ganga Aditya (Surya) Temple where devotees come in large numbers for Darshan, Puja and Seva.
Chhath Puja dedicated to Surya Upasana which is a major festival celebrated in North India witnesses massive crowds in the Ganga Aditya (Surya) Temple.
Maha Shivratri festival dedicated to Bhagwan Shiv is also a major festival in the Ganga Aditya (Surya) Temple.
Ratha Saptami also known as Surya Jayanti is the day of Janma of Bhagwan Surya devotees from across the globe visit the Ganga Aditya (Surya) Temple on this auspicious day.
The 30 days of Shravan month and especially the Shravan Mondays witness heavy crowds in Shri Vimal Aditya Temple.
Mouni Amavasya, Ganga Saptami, Ganga Dussehra, Skand Sasthi, Navratri, Yagnopavit Saitya, Magh and Karthik Poornima witness massive crowds in Shri Ganga Aditya (Surya) Temple.

Darshan & Aarti Timings

Mangala Aarti

05:00 AM

Bhog Aarti

01:00 PM

Shandya Aarti

07:00 PM

Shayan Aarti

11:00 PM

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How to reach Temple

The below are the travel details for the temple

The closest airport to reach the Temple is Varanasi Airport, located 28 kilometers away. Alternatively, Prayagraj Airport, situated 120 kilometers from Varanasi, also provides access to the temple. Plan your pilgrimage conveniently with easy access from these airports. 🛩️
To reach the Temple by train, disembark at Varanasi Railway Station, the nearest railway station, just 7 kilometers away from the temple. Conveniently access the temple from the station with state government buses and taxis readily available for transportation.
Devotees can also reach the Temple by road. Upon arriving at the Varanasi Bus Stand, one can opt for a state government bus or a taxi to reach the temple. The temple is approximately 2 kilometers away from Assi Ghat and 8 kilometers away from Varanasi Railway Station. 🚌

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