Dasaswamedheshwar Temple, Varanasi
Lord Shiva sent Lord Brahma to Kashi to create disturbance in the Kingdom to make King Divodas leave the Holy City. (For details kindly refer to Divodaseshwar). Lord Brahma assumed the guise of an old Brahmin and visited King Divodas. He was welcomed with honour by King Divodas, who asked the guest (Lord Brahma) as to what can be done for his comfort. The old Brahmin said he desired to perform Aswa Medha Yagna and requested the King to provide all the materials and arrangements. Lord Brahma, with the help of King Divodas, performed not just one but ten Aswa Medha Yagnas. The place where he performed these Yagnas is known as Dasaswamedh Teerth (now known as Dasaswamedh Ghat). Prior to that the place was known as Rudra Sarovar.
Subsequently, Lord Brahma installed a Ling called Dasaswamedheshwar and decided to stay in Kashi. Lord Brahma could not find any fault with King Divodas and could not think of anything to report to Lord Shiva.
According to Kashi Khand (Chapter 52), a devotee who takes bath at Dasaswamedh Ghat and worships Dasaswamedheshwar, is cleansed of all his sins. A person who does the above act of worship on the 1st day after Amavasya in the month of Ashad will attain punya of the highest order and all his sins accumulated over two generations will be washed away.
A devotee should take bath from the first day to tenth day after Amavasya every month in Dasaswamedh Ghat and worship Dasaswamedheshwar and he will always remain happy and there will be no rebirth for him. More importance is attached to the ten days as above in Jyeshta month (June 22-July 21).
Legend / Local stories
How to Reach:
Dasaswamedheshwar Ling is located at Dasaswamedh Ghat inside Shitla Mandir, at D-18/19. Devotees can travel upto this place by rickshaw. Alternatively, they can travel upto Dasaswamedh Ghat by boat and climb the steps.