Mangaleshwar Temple, Varanasi
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Once Lord Shiva was very unhappy because of separation from Devi and one drop of sweat from his forehead fell on the ground. Out of this combination of sweat and Bhoomi (earth) one male child was born and Bhoomi Devi reared this child.
Because of the association of Bhoomi with his birth, the child was called Bhaumakumar. The boy came to Kashi and reached a Shakti Peeth called Pancha Mudra Maha Peeth. He installed a Shiv Ling at that place and underwent severe Tapas.
After a long time, Visweshwar appeared before him, named him Angarak and gave him the title of Mahagraha. (Out of nine grahas/planets in astrology, Angarak or Mangal or Kuja was termed as the largest planet). Lord Shiva also told that when Tuesday and Chaturthi combine (Angarak Chaturthi) and a devotee performs pooja/archana of the Shiv Ling installed by Angarak (which is called Mangaleshwar), the devotee is blessed with unending prosperity and happiness. (Kashi Khand, Chapter 17).
Old timers in Kashi believe that pooja/archana performed at Mangaleshwar will be especially beneficial for those devotees who have afflictions connected with Mars (Mangal) in their horoscope.
In Sanskrit, Tuesday is referred to as Bhauma Vasar. Tuesday is connected to Mars planet and the word Bhauma has connection with the incident narrated in paragraphs above.Mangaleshwar is also called as Angaareshwar
Legend / Local stories
How to Reach:
Mangaleshwar temple is located at Ck-7/158, Scindia Ghat in the premises of Atma Veereshwar temple. This place can be reached by boat through Scindia Ghat. Alternatively one can travel in cycle rickshaw upto Chowk and walk down the gullies to reach the temple.