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Durga Temple

Varanasi Durga Temple

The Durga Temple in Varanasi is considered to be one of the oldest, sacred and traditional heritage temples in holy city of Light Varanasi. It has the idol of Goddess Durga which is considered to be one of the oldest Hindu deity idols present in the city. Durga Mandir is situated on the Sankat Mochan road, adjacent to Durga Kund, 250 meters north of Tulsi Manas Mandir, 700 meters north-east of Sankat Mochan Mandir and 1.3 kilometers north of Banaras Hindu University One of the popular temples of Varanasi, Durga Mandir is dedicated to Goddess Durga and was built in the 18th century by a Bengali Maharani. It is believed that the Goddess appeared on its own in this temple in the form of a statue (murti) that is still there in the inner sanctum. It is also said that the Goddess protects and saves the sacred land of Benaras (Varanasi) since then. The temple is visited by thousands of devotees especially during Navratri. This temple is also famous by the name of Monkey Temple of Varanasi for the reason being presence of stray monkeys alongside this temple and nearby trees. People feed them with fruits, nuts, sweets etc. With a prominent North Indian style of architecture (Nagara style), stained in red and ocher, Durga Mata Temple has multi-tiered spires. The temple is known for its fine architecture and stone work. The temple also has a pond known as the Durga Kund that was earlier connected to the river via a channel that was closed later. Thus, the Durga Kund now days rely on rain water which once used to get automatically filled by the river water. Phones and cameras are prohibited inside the temple, however tourists can take photos from outside and by standing near the entry of the temple to cover as much snap area as they can depending upon their camera’s lens magnification system. Though the temple is open to all, but only Hindus are allowed to enter the main sanctum sanctorum. We offer exclusive custom made tour itineraries which contains well guided tours to Durga Temple or Monkey Temple and many other places worth tourism of Varanasi as part of Varanasi tourism, Varanasi Guided Tour etc. Kindly fill up the following given booking request form and send it to us to help us serve you better.

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