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Annapurna Temple, Varanasi



Annapurna Temple, Varanasi


Vishwanath Galli, Godowlia, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001

There is a special goddess named Annapurna Devi in Kashi. People believe that she is the one who gives us food and blessings. Her name "Annapurna" means giver of food and happiness. This temple dedicated to Annapurna Devi is indeed an important place. People from different parts of the country come to his temple to seek blessings, especially to get sufficient food and prosperity in their lives. Annapurna Devi is usually shown holding a bowl of rice, symbolizing her role in providing nourishment to all. Giving food is seen as a sacred act, showing care and kindness to all living things. People offer prayers and donations in the temple of Mata Annapurna, especially to help others with food. It is believed that by donating food and grains in the temple of Annapurna Devi, there is never any shortage of food and food items in the life of the devotees and their family and they get happiness and peace. Devotees believe that by taking blessings of Goddess Annapurna, they not only get enough food but also spiritual happiness and abundance in every part of life.

Mythological History:

Mata Annapurna has been mentioned in Hindu mythology as the goddess of food and wealth. Annapurna Temple of Varanasi is dedicated to Mother Annapurna, the goddess of food. She is a form of Parvati, wife of Lord Shiva. The statue of Annapurna is installed holding a gold ladle in one hand and a gold vessel studded with precious stones filled with rice in the other hand. The idols of Ganesha, Kubair, Surya, Yankeshwar Mahadev, and Hanuman are placed in the sanctum sanctorum of the temple in Panchayat style, while the idols of Bhu Devi and Sridevi along with the gold idol of Annapurna Mata are installed on the first floor of the temple. The day after Diwali, a huge crowd gathers on the occasion of Annakoot.And on this day, the idol of Annapurna Mata made of gold is seen. The gold idol can be seen only on the holy day of Annakoot throughout the year. On the remaining days of the year, the idol made of brass can be seen. There is never any shortage of food by doing puja daily, and that is why on the day of Annakoot, a crowd of devotees gathers here and on this day, gold coins are distributed to the devotees who come here.

The temple was built by Maratha Peshwa Baji Rao in 1729 AD based on the Nagara architectural style, the large pillars in the temple add to the beauty of the temple. The belief behind the Annapurna temple is said to be that once Shiva and Parvati, who is an incarnation of Annapurna Devi, were talking, Lord Shiva said that everything in the world is an illusion. Even the food we eat is also an illusion, we can survive on yoga and practice without food, Mother Parvati did not like this because she is the goddess of illusion.

To show the importance of food and other useful things, he took everything back from the world, so much so that there was a famine in the world, the land became barren, and even the Gods and Goddesses got troubled with hunger, When Mother Parvati could not see the suffering of her children, she appeared in Kashi in the form of Annapurna Devi and distributed food, and one day Lord Shiva also came to Kashi to take food. And he realized his mistake. Since then there has been a temple of Maa Annapurna here. It is believed that the granaries of devotees' houses are always filled with the treasures received from the court of Mata. Mahant said that the treasures and prasad distributed from the court of Mother Annapurna present in the temple of Shri Yantra form have a different significance.

Timing of Temple:

The temple remains open from 04:00 AM to 11:30 AM while in the evening it remains open from 07:00 PM to 11:00 PM. Aarti time is 04:00 AM.


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