Everyone should know about the Kashi Annapurna Temple where Lord Shiva actually offered food to Lord Shiva.
Do you know how Annapurna Devi originated in the original Kashi?
Kashi or Varanasi is one of the most memorable places on the holy river Ganga, Kashi Vishwanath. Apart from these, there is another place that is very important. The same Kashi Annapurna Temple. The people here are never hungry. Devotees measure Annapurna as the mother who gives rice to everyone. Goddess Parvati, the consort of Lord Shiva, is worshiped here in the form of Annapurna. Everyone knows how important food and water are for human beings to live on this earth. If Gangama quenches the thirst of everyone in Kashi, Annapoornamma quenches the hunger. People always have plenty of food here. Annapurna Temple is located on the Dasashwamedh Road in Vishwanath Gali, near the Kashi Vishwanath Temple.
The story of Annapurna Devi
There is a popular story about Kashi Annapurna Devi. According to the holy Hindu scriptures and mythology … Lord Shiva once said that everything in the world, including rice, is Maya. Goddess Parvati, the mother who satisfies the hunger of the devotees, does not like the words of Lord Shiva and leaves Kashi and disappears. With that, people who could not find food began to cry. The sellers who do not see the suffering of the people come back and satisfy everyone’s hunger. It is said that Lord Shiva finally realized the importance of food and withdrew his words and went to Goddess Parvati holding a begging bowl and asked for food. It is believed that Goddess Parvati Annapurna has been satisfying the hunger of the devotees in Kashi ever since.
The temple houses a golden idol of Goddess Annapurna. The idol is kept for the visit of the devotees once a year during the Annakoot festival which comes the day after Diwali. On other days, the bronze idol of the Goddess in the sanctum sanctorum of the Annapurna temple is presented to the devotees.
Devotees come from all over the country to witness the Annakoot festival held at this temple every year. Special coins are also distributed to them here. Devotees believe that Goddess Annapurna takes care of the people in Kashi so that no one goes hungry.
Devotees visit the Kashi Vishwanath Temple and then proceed to the Annapurna Temple. They donate items suitable for the maintenance of the temple kitchen and participate in a free charity event held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The kitchen and dining room are very well maintained. Volunteers distribute food to the devotees.
When to visit
A visit to the Annapurna Devi Temple in Varanasi during the Diwali and Annakoot festivals is a spectacular affair. Millions of devotees flock to visit Amma during this time. It is advisable to plan a trip in late November or December if you want to visit without rushing.
Free accommodation with modest facilities is also available at the Annapurna Temple for pilgrims coming from other places. However visitors should check the availability of rooms at the hospice in advance.
Temple opening hours: 4am to 11.30am, 7pm to 11pm