Monday, 24 October 2011

Annapurna Temple, Varanasi

Located near the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, this sanctuary of godness Annapurna was built by Maratha Chieftain Peshwa Baji Rao in 1729.




Meaning of Annapurna Temple

The idol of Annapurna Bhavani a Benovelant faim of shakti, is made in solid gold and carries a cooking pot. The Goddess is believed to be the mother of all the three worlds, heaven, earth and hell and it is said that her devotees never suffer from starvation and want of food.The temple complex has a small sanctum that enshrines the idol of Goddess Annapoorna. It was inaugurated in January 1977 and the famous Shankaracharya of Shringeri consecrated the idol. It is said that the devotes of the Goddess never suffer from starvation.

Structure of Annapurna Temple

 
The idol of Annapurna Bhavani a benevolent form of Shakti, is made in solid gold and carries a cooking pot that is why the Goddess Annapurna is looked upon as the provider of food and the sustainer of prosperity. There is also a striking silver-faced image of Shani (Saturn) within the temple. Shani is feared for his destructive powers and is propitiated to prevent any ill befalling the devout.

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