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Annapurna Temple

Location:

Annapurna Devi is located along the bank of Holi River Ganga at Chowk, Varanasi. The narrow lane or Gali approaching the temple is known as Vishwanath Gali.

How to Reach:

There are three approach lanes to Annapurna Temple, 1st via Dashashwamedh Road, 2nd via Bansphatak and third via Gyanvapi. It is difficult to prescribe the convenient entry point because due to heavy police patrolling, entry points keep changing. During peak rush days like Mondays and other important festivals, the police may regulate the pilgrims through Gyanvapi and the exit point may be through Bansphatak etc. Since the temple is located in deep inside the Gali, it is advisable to take help from local shopkeepers, police or reliable Guide. Be careful against fake guides.

Pooja Timing:

Annapurna Temple is open from 5 am to 10 pm. Aartis are conducted in the morning and evening. There is also annadanam daily at the temple premises in the afternoon where devotees are served free food. Devotees worship this deity as one form of Durga in the Nav Durga Yatra during Navratri falling in September-October, called as Mahagauri Durga and is worshipped on the 8th day of the Navaratri.

Highlights:

Annapurna Temple is dedicated Annapurna Devi, the Goddess of food. The idol of Annapurna Bhavani (the provider of food), a benevolent form of Shakti is made in solid gold and carries a cooking pot. There is also a striking silver-faced image of Shani (Saturn) within the Temple. Shani is feared for his destructive powers and is worshipped to prevent any ill from befalling the devout. Worship of Annapurna Devi gives the benefit of worshipping all Devis in the world.

Worship of Annapurna Devi is advised to be done with the offerings of clothes, precious stones, flowers, incense sticks, deep (lamp). Kashi Khand states that devotees should circumambulate Annapurna Devi 108 times in Chaitra Month, Shukla Paksha Ashtami which would derive the benefit of circumabulating all the mountains, seas, divine ashrams, all islands and the entire world. It also said that if devotees face any sort of hardship in Kashi then they should sincerely worship Annapurna Devi and they will be blessed with all prosperity and their obstacles will be removed.

History:

Annapurna Temple was built in the 18th century by Peshwa Baji Rao I. Kashi Khand has described the greatness of Bhavani (Annapurna) in detail. According to puranic belief, Maa Durga’s eighth form is Maha Gauri. She is fair complexioned and her fairness is compared with shell, conch and moon. She is considered to be eight years old. Her clothes and ornaments are also white. Her vehicle is a bull. She has four hands. Her upper right hand grants protection from all fears and in her lower right hand she holds a trishul (trident). She has a small drum in her upper left hand and her lower left hand grants blessings.

Her appearance is very peaceful. To attain Lord Shiva as her husband, She (as Parvati) had undergone rigorous penance, due to which her full body became black. Lord Shiva was pleased with her penance and he bathed her with holy Ganga Water due to which she became as lovely and white as lightning. So she is called Maha Gauri (Gauri means fair complexioned/white). She always grants wishes to her devotees without fail. Devotees get all round prosperity and they do not have to face any sort of grief or sorrow.