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New Vishwanath Temple


New Vishwanath Temple is located in Banaras Hindu University campus, about 7 km from Varanasi Cant. railway station.

How to Reach:

You can travel up to this place in car or auto rickshaw or cycle rickshaw.

Pooja Timing:

New Vishwanath Temple is open on all days from 4 am to 12 pm and 1 pm to 9 pm. Daily Aartis are performed at 4 am, 4.45 am, 10.30 am, 11.45 am, 12 pm, 1 pm, 6.45 pm, 7.30 pm, 8 pm and 8.45 pm. On Shivratri, Temple opens from 4 am up to midnight.

Best time to visit:

Throughout the year, specially during first week of January. On every Monday special Aarti with Rudrabhishek is organized from 7 am to 8 am. Many functions are organized on Shivratri, both Navratries, Shravan Mahotasva, Krishna Janmanshtami, Deepawali, Annakut and on its establishment day.


New Vishwanath Temple is a modern Temple which was planned by Pandit Malviya and built by the Birlas, a rich industrialist family, is meant for a caste-less and egalitarian society. Temple is open to all the people of any castes and religions. The temple is a must visit due to its elegant structure. The foundation stone of the temple was laid in March, 1931 but its construction was completed only in 1965, taking more than three decades to complete it. Temple’s sky penetrating spiraling top is 252 feet high. The design of the temple has been inspired by the original Vishwanath temple and is the idea of Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya. New Vishwanath temple is a massive temple complex consisting of seven Temples. The Shiva temple is in the ground floor and the Lakshmi Narayan and the Durga temples are on the first floor.
Whole text of Gita and extracts from the sacred Hindu scriptures are inscribed with illustrations on the inner marble walls of the temple. Religious discourses are held periodically in the central hall of the temple. Temple was planned by the Pt. Madan Mohan Malaviya (the founder of the Banaras Hindu University) as part of the BHU campus. The tower of the temple is known as the tallest temple tower. New Vishwanath Temple is an outstanding temple considered to be a most reliable home for the students at BHU. It becomes crowded daily but on some special occasions it becomes heavily crowded with the devotees from all over. It is most visited place in the Varanasi. New Vishwanath Temple is devoted to the Lord Shiva and it is the exact copy of the original Vishwanath temple. The center of the temple has a Siva lingam. The temple gets decorated as well as attracts huge crowd on special functions.