Kashi stands proudly on the bank of the holy river Ganga. Varanasi or Kashi is one of the oldest holy cities. The jyotirlinga in the Kashi Vishvanath Temple is very special. There is a predominant legend that many live darshans of various jyotirlingas scattered throughout India can be overpowered by a single live darshan of Kashi’s jyotirlinga.
Nearly all saints- Adi Shankaracharya, Ramkrishna Paramhansa, Swami Vivekananda, Goswami Tulsidas, Maharashi Dayanand Saraswati and Gurunanak, who were renowned spiritual leaders accepted the divinity of Kashi Vishvanath Temple and visited Kashi or lived there.
Kashi Vishwanath Temple Varanasi :
The online services of Shri Kashi Vishvanath website offer viewing experience of live darshan. The live darshan of individual choice of pooja options is also available. Online donation facility is also provided. Devotees can pay for the live darshan of their own choice of pooja option and view it from the comfort of their home. http://www.shrikashivishwanath.org/ is the temple website.
The most auspicious day of Shaivites is Mahashivratri. The Kashi Temple organizes special ceremonies and rites on this special day. The live darshan of these ceremonies can be viewed online by the devotees.
The temple opens its gate to the devotees for live darshan daily at 2:30 am. The Mangala Aarti attracts a crowd of darshan seekers. From 4-11 am darshan is open to one and all. 11:30 to 12 noon is the Bhog Aarti time. Most of the Prasad is distributed among the poor. From 12 noon onwards till 7 pm devotees throng the temple for darshan. The 7-8:30 time slots are the fixed time for Sapta Rishi Aarti. After the Aarti the darshanaarthis can visit the temple till nine. After 9 pm devotees can enjoy darshan from outside. After the Shayana Aarti the temple closes its gate at 11 pm.
The live darshan of this jyotirlinga can be enjoyed on the windows media player. The huge crowd in the temple may obstruct the online live darshan but a little patience can give the enchanting view of the lingam. The online live darshan can be viewed only when the temple is open.