One of famous pilgrimage centre Durga Temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga and located about 2 km from Varanasi.
Durga Mandir, also known as Durga Kund Mandir, Durga Temple and also monkey temple, is one of the most famous temples in the holy city of Varanasi. This temple has great religious importance in Hinduism and is dedicated to the Maa Durga. Durga Mandir was constructed in 18th century by Bengali Maharani (Bengali Queen).
It is a temple of mythological and historical importance.
Durga Mandir was constructed in 18th century by Bengali Maharani. The temple is dedicated to the Godess Durga. Next to the temple, is a kund (pond) which was earlier connected to the river Ganges.
It is believed that the existing icon of the goddess was not made by a man but appeared on its own in the temple.
It is also said that the Goddess protects and saves the sacred land of Benaras (Varanasi) since then. The temple is visited by thousands of devotees especially during Navratri.
With a prominent North Indian style of architecture (Nagara style), stained in red and ochre, Durga Mata Temple has multi-tiered spires. The temple is known for its fine architecture and stone work. The temple also has a pond known as the Durga Kund that was earlier connected to the river via a channel that was closed later. Thus, the Durga Kund relies on rain water which once got automatically replenished with the river water.
Phones and cameras are prohibited inside the temple. Though the temple is open to all, but only Hindus are allowed to enter the main sanctum sanctorum. Beware of monkeys in the area.