Shri Vishwanath Mandir (Hindi: श्री विश्वनाथ मंदिर), also known as Vishwanath Mandir, Vishwanath Temple, New Vishwanath Temple and Birla Temple is one of the most famous temples and biggest tourist attractions in the holy city of Varanasi. The temple is situated in Benaras Hindu University and is dedicated to the Lord Shiva. Shri Vishwanath Mandir has the tallest temple tower in the world.
History of new vishwanath temple varanasi
Shri Kashi Vishwanath
Shri Vishwanath Mandir’s construction took thirty-five years to complete (1931-1966). The temple is one of the tallest in India. The total height of the temple is 77 meters (253 feet). Temple’s design was inspired by Shri Kashi Vishwanath Mandir and is made mostly of marble.
Shri Vishwanath Mandir, although a Lord Shiva temple, consists of nine temples within one temple and is open to people from all castes, religions and religious beliefs. The Shiva temple is on the ground floor and the Lakshmi Narayan and Durga temples are on the first floor. Other temples within Shri Vishwanath Mandir are Nataraj, Mata Parvati, Lord Ganesha, Panchmukhi Mahadev, Lord Hanuman, Saraswati and Nandi. The entire text of Bhagavad Gita and extracts from sacred Hindu scriptures are inscribed with illustrations on the inner marble walls of the temple.
Shri Vishwanath Mandir is situated 1.7 kilometres inside the campus of Benaras Hindu University (South-West from the main gate). It is 3.3 kilometres South-West of Durga Mandir, 7 kilometres South-West of Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple and 9 kilometres South of Varanasi Railway Station.