Durga Temple—an exquisite temple, known worldwide for its stunning architectural beauty, holds high religious significance. Dedicated to Goddess Durga, this temple is believed to have been founded 500 years ago. This famous Durga Temple of Varanasi is also called the “monkey temple” and is visited by thousands of devotees all across the year. The precincts of this temple are flush with monkeys, which form an added attraction for all visitors. Currently under the control and supervision of the royal family of Banaras, the temple was founded by a Bengali Maharani. Its Nagara Style is a good example of the North Indian designs of temple architecture and comprises of multi-tiered shikharas (spires) and a rectangular tank or Durga Kund. The Durga Temple is red in color and is an important center of worship for the Hindus.
Goddess Durga, clad in red garments and astride a tiger, is armed with Shiva's trident, Vishnu's discus, a sword and other weapons. Embodiment of power and courage, this statue of Goddess Durga is said to have appeared on its own –out of nowhere. If you are planning to visit Varanasi, then time your trip with the period of Navratri. This important festival beckons devotees from near and far and is steeped in joyous fervor and excitement. Non-believers of Hinduism are allowed to visit the premises of this temple but cannot enter the inner sanctum. A must visit indeed!
|Timings||All days of the week 5:00 AM - 12:00 PM 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM|
|Visit Duration||30 to 45 minutes |