12. Kashi Vishwanath
"Today Ajoba, please (eternal shiva) tell today's story a bit slowly na?? " Sreya with Sobby eyes..on her request Ajoba delayed the last Jyotirlinga Video by not an hour but two days... "My Sweetheart, we have delayed it because you wished to feel it. but now delaying it further will lose its connect dear.." "Ok fine Ajoba" Sreya trying to understand. "True Ajoba.. if anything you are interested in should not delay more, that it can also be the reason, why any movie, short film, daily soap gets hit.." Sudhir, the researcher of Media.. "I didn't know, you are so much interested in daily soaps, I would sit with you in the evening and enjoyed the daily soaps..." Sudhir, understanding his mistake," I didn't mean it that way...you are mis-undertanding sudha" Sudha winking to her Mother-in-law, "I knew this, i just wanted to listen from you" Read Also...Omkareshwara Shiva
Everyone had a good laugh.
"Ajoba...Story!!" Sreya, the one (eternal shiva) who was focused to listen to the story from day one. "yes, beta, sure, Kashi Viswanath Jyotirlinga stands on the western bank of River Ganga, in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. The name ‘Kashi’ comes from the other name of Varanasi, Kashi. ‘Viswanath’ or ‘Vishveshwar’ means the ‘Ruler of the Universe’. The main deity here is called Vishwanath or Vishveshwar. This jyotirlinga is popularly referred to as ‘The Golden Temple of Varanasi’. It is believed that a dip in the holy Ganges followed by a visit to the jyotirlinga help one attain Moksha. It is also believed that a true devotee of Shiva achieves freedom from death. They are taken directly to Mout Kailash by messengers of Lord Shiva and not Yama after their death. so, legend goes like this, therein lived a king named Ripunjay, he was a noble king,a well ambitious, mature, practical king, he believed, being spirtual is being weak, he believed, "praying to th supremacy is good, but you cannot succeed until you give it a try, you cannot get the grain, unless you sow the seed, water it, give it ample sun-light."
Because of his trueness, (eternal shiva) transparency, he was declared the king of Kashi...upon crowned, he announced "No God/Goddess will be allowed to stay herein...they are good to be in heaven..only then they will be valued, otherwise poeple will become lazy, dependent..." Lord Bramha appeared," O noble king, this cannot be possible, this is a creation, sustaintion and destruction...you, a king, is only the support to sustainsion, as to help in maintaining balance.. " Ripunjay realised his mistake" I am sorry for the words, o lord Bramha, then i being a pure heart, wish to request...let the gods come only when, their devotees need them, and not always.." Bramha smiled" tathastu" Read Also....Rameshwara Shiva
And So, every god came when called by the (eternal shiva) devotees, but had to leave as it was what was decided" with time, Repunjay, became famous, every person in his kingdom was happy, but not satisfied, then slowly, he began becoming old...it was the time, when he used to get asleep....but not exactly sleep....but, because of his request not even saints could stay in there. Repunjay, began strong need to talk to a saint, but, he had a condition, being an aheist, he declared," if any saint could convice me,he can stay until I am convinced"
Mahadev (eternal shiva) smiled in meditation, ' and the time has come' Mahadev, disguised as a saint, entered the kingdom, the guards stopped him, but, the light on his face, the sereness it caught their attention, "I wish to meet the king" they sent the message to the king that, one saint has come in the kingdom. the king came to see and he stood still, the saint was meditating..the completeness, the oneness, caught his attention... the king bowed down before him unknowingly... the saint aka Shiva opened his eyes..the eyes ,so deep, so complete, it was decided, only he can help him understand...and so everyday, both used to meditate...Repunjay, realised many of his thoughts were so stupid, that he wasted many days, hours in it..and he even took time of many abled officers, ministers, then if they failed..he fired them... Read Also...Panch Kedar Shiva
he had tears in his eyes, when he realised (eternal shiva) in the mask of being practical, he could not even cry loudly...tears fell on his cheeks...he cried like a child....Mahadev let him relax....Mahadev then told him some meditations and said," O king are you satisfied???" Repunjay said ," Yes" "All right, o dear king, then i shall take your leave..." Repunjay felt something going away from him...a part of him, getting away...he said unknowingly.."no, please wait...now, i do not feel to continue as a king...i will resign a king, i wish to be at your feet, do seva...i wish to attain Sanyashrama...please stay with me..." Mahadev smiled," Ok, o king, but till what time?" "Forever..." "then i have only one condition" "Accepted...anything for you to stay here" "so be it" and Mahadev came in his own form, " o repunjay, i am pleased by your devotion..but, i need to tell you my condition, before i stay here completely...all the gods can stay here...." Repunjay understood the true meaning of devotion... he nodded. mahadev continued, "and those who wish to be know themselves, like you, will be my beloved, they will attain to their peace here" "Agreed, o my Lord, I am your Dasa(Servant) from today...i should be named...DIVODAS aka servant of God, please take control of this kingdom...you are the Kashi Vishwanatha " Mahadev Nodded "Tathastu" amd from that time, Mahadev became Kashi vishweshwar "
"Ajoba, there is (eternal shiva) something called, 72000 shrines and it has its significance with our human body?" Jayesh, the science lover. "Yes, my child, it is, previously 26,000 shrines or Shivlingas were being built but, in time, many small shivlingas began surrounded by the big shrines and thus the the count become 72000" sudha realised something," the same as is believed about our human body...72000 nadis aka cells " "Great! Masterstroke, yes, it is believed to have the significance..and hence, it is believed anyone who visits Kashi..gets liberated- by thought or by body " Read Also...Nagnath Shiva
"Wow..this was so (eternal shiva) spiritual!!! I felt as if I was in Kashi" "good to know beta... " "and what are the timings, best season and by what medium to go?" Jayesh in excitement. "ohhkkk,
1. The Kashi Vishwanath Temple opens daily at 2:30 AM and closes at 11 PM.
2. The Mangala Aarti is performed between 3 AM to 4 AM.
3. The mid-day Bhog Aarti is performed between 11:30 AM to 12 PM.
4. The Sapta Rishi Aarti is performed between 7 PM to 8:30 PM.
5. The Shringar Bhog and Aarti are performed at 9 PM.
6. The Shayan Aarti starts at 10:30 PM.
7. The general darshan timings are 4 AM to 11 AM, 12 PM to 7 PM, and from 8:30 PM to 9 PM.
After 9 PM, pilgrims are allowed to view the Lord from outside the sanctum.
The best season to visit the Kashi Vishwanath is:
Winter Season (eternal shiva): The months of November to February covers the winters in Varanasi. The temperature stays between 5-degrees to 15-degrees centigrade. The weather stays pleasant during this time which makes it comfortable for the visitors.
these are the mediums:-
Air – The nearest airport to the city is Babatpur which is 22 km from Varanasi. Direct flights are operated by Air India as well as other private airlines from cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Agra, Bhubaneswar and Lucknow.
Train – The nearest Railway Station is Varanasi Junction or the Mughal Sarai Junction. Several trains connect the city to almost all major parts of the country like Delhi, Chennai, Howrah, Jammu, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Mumbai, and Guwahati.
Road – The city is located on NH2 highway linking Kolkata to New Delhi. Several buses are available from places like Delhi, Agra, Lucknow, Kanpur, Allahabad, Patna, Nagpur, Gorakhpur, Azamgarh, and Gaya" "i will miss these stories " everyone in unison..."its ok beta, we will continue another series..some other time" "ok " they all took another cup of tea and visualised all the journey of the 12 jyotirlingas...it was like a spiral wheel, with Omkareshwar at its center.