Mani Karnika Devi Temple, Varanasi
|Deity:||Mani Karnika Devi|
|Architectural style:||Dravidian architecture|
Lord Vishnu was describing to Sage Bindu, the various forms of Lord Vishnu and other deities in Kashi.Lord Vishnu describes Manikarnika in the form of a Goddess near Chakra Pushkarini Teerth (Mani Karnika Ghat). Kashi Khand has described amply the structure and appearance of Manikarnika Devi who appears as a twelve year old girl. She is as fair as a Spatik (crystal), with soft hairs. The devi is described as radiating beauty.
Devotees who wish for attaining Moksha should worship this deity.
Manikarnika Kunda, Kashi – Here just ‘bathing’ awards liberation
Skanda Purana states that Lord Vishnu on His daily vihara visits Manikarnika Kunda in Kashi at 12:00 noon, mounted on Garuda and awards liberation to those who take a holy dip in this kunda at that time. It is located on the banks of the holiest Rivers of India – Ganga. The mortal remains of human bodies are burnt 24X7 and have been so since the creation of Kashi.
Legend / Local stories
How to Reach:
Manikarnika Devi is located at Ck.7/130, Scindia Ghat, opposite 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. Atma Veereshwar is a famous temple.