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Shri Durga Temple

ॐ जयन्ती मंगला काली भद्रकाली कपालिनी।
दुर्गा क्षमा शिवा धात्री स्वाहा स्वधा नमोऽस्तुते।

Shri Durga Temple

Basic Details of Shri Durga Temple

Temple Name: Shri Durga Temple
Temple Phone Number: 09198898999
Temple Address: 27, Durgakund Rd, Durgakund, Anandbagh, Bhelupur, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221005
Temple Timing: 05:30 AM -10:30 PM
Mangala Aarti: 4:00 am
Bhog Aarti: 12:00 pm
Sandhya Aarti: 7:00 pm
Sayan Aarti: 11:00 pm

ॐ जयन्ती मंगला काली भद्रकाली कपालिनी।
 दुर्गा क्षमा शिवा धात्री स्वाहा स्वधा नमोऽस्तुते।
Maa Durga is the very source of the creation of the entire universe. Devi Durga residing in Shri Durga Temple of Varanasi is in ‘Kushmanda swaroop’. According to Devi Bhagwat Puran after defeating Mahishasura Rakshas in the 9-day war, Maa Durga came back to lord Shiva in Kashi and always resided here since then for the welfare of all her devotees.
Devi Kushmanda is worshiped on the 4th day of Navratri, as on this day massive crowds turn out to offer their prayers in the Shri Durga Temple of Varanasi.

Legend and history associate with Shri Durga Temple :

Shri Durga Temple of Varanasi is one of the ancient and historic temples of Varanasi. History suggests that Shri Durga Temple was built in the year 1760 by Rani Bhavani who was the then queen of Bengal. At that time, the cost of building the Durga temple was 50 thousand in Indian Rupees.
Maa Durga pratishthit in the Durga Temple of Varanasi is seated on Shri Yantra which makes it an ideal center for obtaining Devi Sadhna and bhakti.  Alongside Maa Durga, vigrah of Kaal Bhairav, Maa Sharda, Maa Lakshmi, and Maa Kali is also installed separately in the Durga Temple of Varanasi.
It is mandatory to take the darshan of the unique priest’s temple located in the Durga Temple after visiting the main deity and it is only then that the darshan of Maa Durga gets complete. According to Devi Purana, Maa Durga rested in the Durga Temple after killing ‘Shumbha’ and ‘Nishumbha’ Rakshas. Maa Durga resides here in the form of Adi Shakti and this is from the beginning. In times of Purana, there were only three main temples in Kashi, first Kashi Vishwanath, second Maa Annapurna, and third Shri Durga Temple. In the Havan Kund of the temple, Chandi Homam is performed every day here and the Agni in the Kund never extinguishes.
According to the 23rd chapter of the Devi Bhagwat Purana, the ruler of Kashi invited for a ‘Swayamvara’ of his daughter named ‘Shashikala’.
Soon after the announcement the king of Kashi came to know about his daughter’s love affair with the prince Sudarshan, whom she had married secretly. The King of Kashi on knowing about it called off the Swayavar.
Princes of other kingdoms who wanted to pitch themselves for the swayamvara declared a collective war against Sudarshan and the king of Kashi after the news of the marriage was broken to them.
Sudarshan and Kashi Naresh both offered their prayers in Shri Durga Temple and they both received Devi Maa’s blessing for victory in the war even though the odds were stacked against them.
After the war, the king of Kashi was declared the winner and he requested Maa Durga to protect Kashi forever and then the grand structure of Shri Durga Temple was built.

Significance of Shri Kukkuteshwar Mahadev in Shri Durga Temple :

Maa Durga’s darshan is considered incomplete without the darshan of Kukkuteshwar Mahadev. Another legend related to Shri Durga Temple renders its uniqueness.  The incident is related to ancient times when once some robbers of the Kashi area had seen Goddess Durga in this temple and resolved that if they get success in the work for which they are going to do, they will offer ‘Nar Balidan’ to Maa Adi Shakti Durga.
With the blessings of Maa Durga, they got successful in their work and when they came to the Durga temple they started searching for such a person who had no stain to sacrifice.  Then they only saw the priest of the Durga temple suitable for the ‘Nar Balidan’. When he asked the priest who caught him for the sacrifice, the priest said – “Wait! Let me offer my daily worship to Mata Rani, then offer the sacrifice.”
After his worship, as soon as he returned the robbers sacrificed the priest, after which Maa Durga immediately appeared and revived him and requested him to ask for a boon.  The priest then told the mother that he does not want his life back, he wants eternal rest close to her feet. Maa Durga was pleased and gave a boon that whoever does not visit that priest after her darshan, his worship will not be fruitful.
After some time, the priest took samadhi in the Durga temple premises, which is today known as Kukkuteshwar Mahadev.

Religious Significance of Shri Durga Temple:

  • Due to the presence of Maa Durga in Kushmanda Swaroop in Shri Durga Temple, the place holds special importance for Durga Patho, Chandi rituals, Chandi Havan, and Devi Maa Shringar Puja.
  • It is said that during the war, Maa Bhagwati killed all the opponents of the prince. There was so much bloodshed in the war that a pool of blood was formed there, which became famous as Durgakund Temple.
  • Shri Durga temple is situated on the Bisa Yantra. And according to a mythological belief, at the divine places where Maa appeared in person, her idols have not been installed in the temples, in such temples, only icons are worshiped. Durga Mandir also comes in this category.
  • Inside the Durga Temple in place of the idol, the face and feet of the Maa Durga are worshiped.
  • The architecture of the Durga temple of Kashi is based on Bisa Yantra. Bisa-yantra i.e. the twenty-angled mechanical structure on which the foundation stone of the temple is placed.
  • Auspicious Pujas and Mundan Sanskar etc. are done here. There is Havan Kund inside the Durga temple, where Havans are performed daily. Some people also do Tantra Puja here.
  • People also believe that the water in this Durga Kund comes from Patal Loka. That’s why its water never dries up.
  • Manglik Dosh Nivaran Puja, Puja to remove the delay in marriage, Mangal Gauri Vrat Puja is also very popular and successful when performed in Sri Durga Temple.

Location of Shri Durga Temple and how to reach here?

  •  Shri Durga Temple is located in the Varanasi district of Uttar Pradesh.
  • Shri Durga Maa temple is located in the Ravindrapuri area of the city and is connected to the posh colonies of the city.
  • Shri Durga temple is located at a distance of 35 km from Varanasi Airport and 5 km from DLW Railway Station. The temple is accessible by all modes of road transport.
  • Auto rickshaws and private vehicles are the most popular mode of transport to reach Shri Durga temple.

Shri Durga Temple Darshan and Aarti Timings:

 Shri Durga Temple is open for devotees on all seven days of the week with fixed timings for darshan.  Maa Durga temple opens daily at 5 am after Mangala Aarti and then closes after performing Sion Aarti at 10 pm.
Aarti Timings of Shri Durga Temple are as follows :
  • Mangala Aarti: 4:00 AM
  • Bhog Aarti : 12:00 PM
  • Sandhya Aarti: 07:00 PM
  • Sayan Aarti: 11:00 PM
Tuesdays and Ashtami are the most important days at Shri Durga Temple, apart from the 9-day Navratri festival, which is worth a visit for all.

Frequently Asked Question Related to Shri Durga Temple

Where is the Shri Durga located in Varanasi ?

Shri Durga Temple is located close to Lanka Rd at a distance of 2km from the Kashi Vishwanath Temple.

What are Timings of darshan in Shri Durga Temple?

Darshan Timings in Shri Durga Temple are :

  • 5:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • 1:00 pm to 10:00 pm

What is timming of Aarti in Shri Durga Temple ?

  • Mangala Aarti – 4:00am
  • Bhog Aarti – 12:00pm
  • Sandhya Aarti – 8:00pm
  • Sayan Aarti – 11:00 pm

How to perform Puja Shri Durga Temple ?

Devotees can book Puja in Shri Durga Temple by directly visiting our Website or cliicking the link below

Which temple is known as the monkey temple ?

Shri Durga Temple in Varanasi is also known as the monkey Temple.

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