Mangala Gauri Temple, Varanasi
|Architectural style:||Dravidian architecture|
Once Lord Surya installed a Shiv Ling and a devi idol at Panchanada Teerth (Panchganga Ghat) and started immensely praying to Lord Shiva. (Importance of Panchganga Ghat is described under River Ganga-Teerths category).
The intensity of Lord Surya’s prayers started reflecting in the extreme heat generated thereby. Sunrays started getting warmer and warmer. Finally it became unbearable for all living beings and all physical activities practically came to a standstill.
Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvaty came to know about this and they appeared in person in front of Lord Surya. Lord Surya opened his eyes and started singing praises of Goddess Parvaty and Lord Shiva whereupon both of them became extremely happy. They granted several divine wishes to Lord Surya.
Lord Shiva told Lord Surya that the devi idol installed by the latter would be known as Mangala Gauri. A person who worships Mangala Gauri with all devotion is blessed with all happiness and prosperity. Unmarried girls will soon find a suitable match for themselves and childless couples will be blessed with children.Special importance is laid by Kashi Khand, Chapter 49 for Chaitra Month (March-April), Shukla Paksha Tritheeya (3rd Day after amavasya) for worshipping this Goddess.
Legend / Local stories
How to Reach:
Mangala Gauri is located at K-24/34, Panchganga Ghat. Devotees can travel upto Bhaironath by auto or cycle rickshaw and walk upto this place. Mangala Gauri temple is a famous landmark. Alternatively, they can take a boat ride upto Panchganga Ghat and reach this temple through Ghats.