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Kashi Vishwanath, Vishweshwara

'Vishweshwara Ji in Kashi'

Many types of worship are mentioned in the ancient texts like Kashi Khand, Padma Purana, Linga Purana etc., but looking at the present environment, it may not be possible for any person to follow the verses mentioned in the above texts. It is believed that taking a dip in the holy Ganges at Manikarnika Ghat and visiting the Vishwanath Temple washes away all sins.
The greatness of Vishweshwar (Vishwanath) has been described in many chapters at many places in Kashi Khand and if an attempt is made to present it here, it may take up a lot of space. However, suffice it to say that Vishwanath Temple is highly revered and is worshiped by many devotees not only across India but across the globe. Every year on the next day of Diwali Amavasya, 56 Bhog Annakoot Shringar is performed at Vishwanath Temple and it attracts devotees from all over the world. It is believed that there is never a shortage of food in our house by seeing this panoramic view. "By touching and praying to the Vishweshwara Linga, the devotee is absolved of all sins accumulated in the previous two lives." Devotees are not allowed to enter the sanctum sanctorum in many temples across India. However, they are allowed in the Vishwanath temple of Kashi.
"A devotee, who, with pure devotion, pours holy water on the linga and offers just one flower to Lord Vishweshwara, receives blessings equivalent to worshiping with hundreds of golden flowers."

The Shiva Mahapurana related to the origin and significance of the Vishweshwara Jyotirlinga, according to which when the Supreme Lord wished to change from one to two, this Supreme Lord transformed himself into the Ardhanarishvara form, the union of the male Lord Shiva and the male Lord Shiva. Woman. Goddess Parvati. There was a mixed hermaphrodite form. , Then this God said in the sky that penance is supreme and only penance will create the universe. Later Lord Shiva with his powers established a beautiful city of 5 kos, which was equipped with all the resources. In this city, Lord Vishnu did continuous penance for a long time for the creation of the universe. Then innumerable water streams sprang forth from his effort, but they were all empty. Seeing this Lord Vishnu got worried and then he shook his body which caused a gem to fall from his ear after which Lord Shiva took the full water of 5 kos long Manikarnika on his trishul where Lord Vishnu slept. Then as per the wish of Lord Shiva, Lord Brahma appeared from the lotus attached to the navel of Lord Vishnu. Then Lord Brahma created the fourteen worlds including the universe with the permission of Lord Shiva.

But thinking how his devotees would find him, Lord Shiva kept Panchakoshi apart from the universe. That's why Panchkoshi is considered the well wisher of the universe. It is also called Kashi which is considered to be the land of liberation and knowledge and the favorite place of Lord Shiva. It is believed that Lord Shiva installed his idol here and then he removed this Kashi from his trident and established it in this mortal world. According to a belief, Kashi is not destroyed when Lord Brahma one day passes away, not even during Pralaya, i.e. the final destruction of the world, because Lord Shiva protects this land by placing it on his trident.

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12" Jyotirlinga Story

According to a Shaiva legend from the Shiva Purana, once, Brahma (the god of creation) and Vishnu (the god of preservation) had an argument over their supremacy. To settle the debate, Shiva pierced the three worlds, appearing as a huge, infinite pillar of light, the jyotirlinga. Brahma and Vishnu decided to ascend and descend across the pillar of light respectively, to find the end of the light in either direction. According to some iterations, Vishnu assumed his Varaha avatar to achieve this task, while Brahma rode a hamsa (swan). Brahma lied that he had discovered the end of the light, producing a ketakī flower as proof, while Vishnu admitted that he could not find the end of the light from his journey. The dishonesty of Brahma angered Shiva, causing him to curse the creator deity that he would not be worshipped; he also declared that Vishnu would be eternally worshipped for his honesty. The jyotirlinga shrines are regarded to be the temples where Shiva appeared as a fiery column of light.

Originally, there were believed to have been [64] jyotirlings of which [twelve 12] are considered to be very auspicious and holy. The twelve jyotirlinga sites take the names of their respective presiding deity, and each is considered a different manifestation of Shiva. At all these sites, the primary image is lingam, representing the beginningless and endless stambha pillar, symbolising the infinite nature of Shiva.

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