Prayag Madhav Temple, Varanasi
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Kashi Khand has attached a great importance to bathing in Prayag Teerth. Prayag Teerth, as such, is not in existence but this falls within the larger area of Dasaswamedh.
One point needs to be mentioned here to make things clear. At the time when Skanda Puran was conceived by Bhagwan Ved Vyas and when the Puran was actually written, there were only five bathing places in Ganga at Varanasi, which had a great religious importance, namely Assi, Dasaswamedh, Manikarnika, Panchganga and Varuna. Even today, South Indian pilgrims who visit Varanasi, for their Kashi Yatra, perform Shraddha Karma at the above five Ghats. Over a period of several centuries, many Ghats have come up in the name of many Kings or the Royal families, etc. Religiously speaking, Dasaswamedh extends to a very wide area in the river Ganga and may include several new Ghats in its fold.
Therefore, Prayag Teerth as mentioned in Kashi Khand is a part of Dasaswamedh. Devotees may consider both as synonymous. Great importance has been attached to taking bath in the above Teerth in Magh Month and worshipping Prayag Madhav. Persons doing so, will be blessed with wealth, food grains, happy family and will attain Moksha.
Legend / Local stories
How to Reach:
Prayag Madhav is located at D.17/111, in the premises of Ram Mandir at Dasaswamedh Ghat. Some people also call it Dharani Varaha (Ref: Varanasi Vaibhav by Pt. Kuber Nath Sukul). Devotees can travel upto Dasaswamedh Ghat in a rickshaw.
Types Of Pooja:
The temple remains opens for worship from 05.00 p.m. to 12.00 Noon and from 04.00 p.m. to 09.30 p.m. Timings may be flexible. Aarties are performed in the morning and evening.