Temples form the major source of attraction in this ancient city. Providing the backdrop is an incredible array of temples and ancient buildings, several of them standing at odd angles because their foundations have been eroded unevenly by flood waters. There are 2,000 temples and shrines in Varanasi, but the holiest, Vishvanatha, is closed to non-Hindus.

Vishwanath temple:

Dedicated to Shiva or Vishveswara is the Golden Temple, the main temple of Varanasi.

The Durga Temple:

Commonly known as the Monkey Temple, was built in the 18th century by a Bengali Maharani, and is stained red with ocher. This small temple, dedicated to Goddess Durga, consort of Shiva, is built in north Indian Nagara style, with a multicolored shikhara or umbrella.

The Bharat Mata temple:

It was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi and houses one of the most perfect relief maps of India carved out of marble.

Tulsi Manas Temple:

This temple is dedicated to Lord Rama. The temple is built in the place where Goswami Tulsidas composed the epic ‘Ramacharitramanas’ which provides us with detailed description of the history and deeds of Lord Rama.

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