Kasiraj Kali Temple – Hidden Treasure of Varanasi

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Intricately Carved Entrance to the Temple

 

Kasiraj Kali Temple is the property of the erstwhile King of Kasi.

 

As one enters the gate of the compound from the street, walks a few steps forward and turns left, the eyes are greeted by an open space and a finely carved stone temple set at the centre of a stone platform. A flight of stone stairs rises from the ground level to take the visitor up to the temple.

There used to be a commercial set up around the entrance pathway back then too, but it has expanded too much now. Although the temple is the property of the erstwhile King of Kasi, many people use the premises in a very unauthorized manner. The open space in front of the temple is used by the owners of cows from a nearby house. They keep their cows there, on both the sides of the entrance near the long stone steps.

The developed art of stone work can be seen in the patterns on the walls and the screens on the wall over the arches. The parapet on the roof over the pavilion and the chajja all around are both crafted with care and are aesthetically satisfying.

The petals, bells and rings chiselled out of stone are definite proofs of the highly developed art of stone work in India.

Location – It is exactly 2 mins from Godowalia Chowk, Varanasi.

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Magneficient Doorway to the temple
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Creeper Lady
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Finely carved stone temple
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Aww Struck … the wires, nails to walls … such a treasure being mismanaged
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Mighty Shikara
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Beautiful Doorway
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Dwadasha Mandapam
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Wonderful Shikara
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The parapet on the roof over the pavilion and the chajja all around are both crafted withcare and are aesthetically satisfying.
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Doorway to Kali
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Doorway to Gomateshwara Linga and Beautiful Shwetha Nandi
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Garbagriha – Maa Kali and Gomateshwara Lingam
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Shwetha Nandi
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Richly carved pillars
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The Petals, bells and rings chiselled out of stone are definite proofs of the highly developed art of stone work in India.
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Door on the Pillar

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Finally a click at Kasiraj Temple

 

 

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Source – Rajnish Mishra’s WordPress ( The Sacred city of the Hindus: An account of Benares in Ancient and Modern Times”…
The temple trust never revealed the story behind the temple and there is no reference to this temple in google.

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5 thoughts on “Kasiraj Kali Temple – Hidden Treasure of Varanasi

  1. Reblogged this on Children Of Light and commented:
    One cannot imagine the mystery or the sanctury of ancient Indian Temples without being able to visit them. The Divine has to be felt, touched, reflected upon within the temple. The sacredness and the mastery of temples, inside and out, are bound together by the prayers and mantras chanted. What is different about Hindu Temples are they are living things, They don’t belong to history, they are always made new by the presences of people and seekers offering prayers, flowers, and kum kum. Pujas are said throughout the day providing an atmosphere the sublime.

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    On the boat of truth, the boatman was my true guru.
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    Mira’s Lord is the Mountain-Holder,
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