Kashi is the most auspicious and precious place on the earth and also it is one of the oldest cities. It is perpetually and continuously in existence on the earth with many kinds of living beings from the origin it self. people especially visit Kashi from all over India and abroad to have darsan of lord Viswanadha and goddess Annapurna Devi. Belief is that Parvati Devi offered food to Lors Shiva by her own hands and then made a kitchen in Varanasi for her devotees. This is depicted as Annapurna Devi temple. This is close the premises of Kashi Vishwanath temple is than less than 50 m.
Annapurna Devi is known by the people as Bhavani Devi. Kashi is the most auspicious and precious place on earth and it is also one of the oldest cities. It exists perpetually and continuously on earth with many types of living things from the very origin. People especially visit Kashi from all over India and abroad to have the darsan of Kashi Lord Viswanadha and the goddess Annapurna Devi.
Kashi Khand declares that the devotees should circulate Annapurna Devi for 108 times during the month of Chaitra, shukla paksha Ashtami. By doing this, the devotees would gain by going around all the mountains, the seas, the divine ashrams and the whole world. Devotees should go around this deity eight times a day and worship Annapurna Devi. If devotees face any type of difficulties in kashi, they must worship Maa Annapurna and they will be whipped with all prosperity and their obstacles will be removed. Kashi Khand described the greatness of Annapurna Devi.
Kashi Annapurna Devi Temple Timings:4:00 AM to 10:00 PM.
Kashi Annapurna Devi Temple Location:
Annapurna Devi is located on d-9/1, the Annapurna Temple. The narrow path or galli which approaches the temple is known as the viswanath gali. Please refer to Visweshwar Temple for directions to reach the location. Devotion worships this deity as a form of durga on the Navdurga yatra during Navratri’s in September-October. This deity is called magagauri Durga and is worshiped on the eighth day of Navratri.
Kashi Annapurna Devi Temple Poojas:
Annapurna Temple is open from 4:00 AM to 10:00 AM for worship, Aartis are conducted early morning 12:00 noon & 8:30 PM and 10:00 PM, Every day the temple offers annadanam to all devotees inside the temple premise in the afternoon for free.
Kashi Annapurna Devi Temple History:
Once, Lord Shiva said to the Goddess Parvati that the whole world is an illusion and the food is the part of that known as ‘Maya’. The Goddess of food (Mata Parvati) became very angry and She had to show the importance of all the material, in order to that She had vanished all things from the world. In the absence of food from the earth, the earth became infertile and everyone had suffered from the deep hunger.
She had to reappear in the world by seeing His devotees suffering from the deep hunger. She, then made a kitchen in the holy city, Varanasi. Lord Shiva too came to Her and said that I understand that the material can never be sent away as an illusion. Mata Parvati became very happy and offered food to the Lord Shiva with her own hands. From that time Mata Parvati is worshiped as an Annapurna means the Goddess of Food.
Another myth about the Annapurna is, Once Maa Parvathi had closed all the eyes of the Lord Shiva (three eyes: Sun, Moon and Fire) and entire world was full of darkness. There was the condition of ‘Pralaya’ and the color of the Maa Parvati became dark also (means She has lost Her Gauri Rupa). She was very sorrow and asked Lord Shiva how to get Gauri Rupa again. Lord Shiva said to Her to make Anna Dan in the Kashi. Mata Parvati took Her Annapurna Rupa with a golden pot and ladle and made Anna Dan in Varanasi. Again She got Her Gauri Rupa. It is considered that Her devotees do Annapurna Pooja by making Anna Dan in Kashi.
There are various names of the Maa Parvati worshipped by Her devotees all over the world. The Annapurna Shatanama Stotram has 108 names and The Annapurna Sahasranam presents one thousand names of the Annapurna Devi.
It is considered that She does not eat a little bit till the time Her devotees have not been fed in Her temple. The Annapurna Vrat Katha has various stories and helps Her devotees to get rid of their problems. Annapurna temple in Varanasi is situated adjacent to the Kashi Viswanath temple. Annapurna Mata is considered as the queen of the Kashi and Lord Shiva is considered as the king of the kashi. In the temple of the Mata Annapurna, in the noon time food as a ‘Prasad’ is offered to all the old, disabled and other devotees daily.
How to reach Kashi Annapurna Devi Temple:
Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport is the nearest Airport which is 24.8 km from Sri Kashi Annapurna Temple.
Varanasi Railway Junction is the nearest railway station which is 6.7 km from Annapurna Temple. Varanasi City is well connected all parts of majour cities.
Varanasi City is well connected with other majour cities in india. Private and Government run buses are available to Varanasi every day.
Kashi Annapurna Devi Temple Address:
Sri Annapurna Mata Mandir
Phone: 542-2402253, 2392619, 6540396