Rani Ahilyabai Holkar rebuilt Kashi Vishwanath Temple destroyed by Aurangzeb, know history of Varanasi


New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Kashi Vishwanath Dham Corridor on Monday. although Kashi Vishwanatho The temple in Varanasi has close links with Indian history and India’s fight against foreign invaders.

On April 18, 1669, the cruel Mughal ruler Aurangzeb issued a decree ordering the demolition of the Kashi Vishwanath temple.

In 1669-70, Rani Ahilyabai Holkar of Indore got Kashi Vishwanath Dham rebuilt. In memory of the contribution of Rani Ahilyabai, a stone plaque and a statue of her were also kept in the courtyard of ‘Shri Kashi Vishwanath Dham’.

After Ahilyabai, Maharaja Ranjit Singh of Punjab built a gold umbrella on its top. Kashi Vishwanath Temple. It is said that Maharani Baijbai of Gwalior had also built the pavilion of the main temple.

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PM Modi’s speech Kashi Vishwanath Temple

At the inauguration, PM Narendra Modi said that Kashi is indestructible and cannot be harmed. PM Narendra Modi said that terrorists have attacked this city. Aurangzeb tried to crush the local Hindu culture with the sword. PM Modi said that Aurangzeb committed atrocities on Kashi.

“when Kashi Here Vishwanath temple was demolished, it was built by Mata Ahilyabai Holkar. Just as Kashi is infinite, his contribution is also infinite: PM Modi

of Shivling Kashi Vishwanath temple could not be demolished

it is said that Kashi The Vishwanath temple was demolished by the Mughal army in 1669 following the orders of Aurangzeb. So that there is no harm to Mahant Jyotirlinga Kashi Vishwanath Temple had jumped into the Gyanvapi Kund along with the Shivling.

During the attack, the Mughal army tried to break the huge statue of Nandi installed outside. Kashi Vishwanath temple but despite all the efforts they could not break the idol of Nandi.

Gyanvapi Coupe and Vishal Nandi, who are out Kashi Vishwanath temple complex covered till date Kashi Vishwanath temple complex once again after 352 years.

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Rani Ahilyabai Holkar and her contribution Kashi Vishwanath Temple

In 1777, Rani Ahilya Bai Holkar of the Holkar dynasty of Indore Kashi Vishwanath Temple was rebuilt. it was with him Kashi Vishwanath temple was rebuilt in the next 3 years.

Rani Ahilyabai ruled over a small state like Indore, but she did development work in many parts of the country. He had rebuilt many ponds, roads, river bank ghats and temples in his kingdom.

Ahilyabai was a successful ruler and diplomat, but, according to historians, she was also called a saint because of her religious inclination and reverence for temples.

Rani Ahilyabai Holkar was the wife of Khanderao Holkar, son of Malharrao Holkar, the founder of the Holkar dynasty of Indore. Ahilyabai was married to Khanderao in 1733, but Khanderao died in the Battle of Kumbher in 1754.

After 12 years his father-in-law Malharrao Holkar also passed away. Maratha chieftains Dattaji Scindia and Malharrao Holkar also made great efforts to rebuild the Kashi Vishwanath temple. But by then the East India Company i.e. the British were ruling Kashi and working on it. Kashi Vishwanath temple stopped. Two years later, Ahilyabai’s only son, Malarao, also died at the age of 21, now that the rule of Indore was completely in the hands of Ahilyabai.

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Between 1777-80, Queen Ahilyabai Holkar resumed the construction of the temple and was successful. Ahilyabai reconstructed the sanctum sanctorum of Kashi Vishwanath temple and idol were also famous according to the scriptures. Professor Rana VP Singh, who knows Kashi, says that the contribution of Rani Ahilyabai in the construction of Kashi Vishwanath temple is incomparable.

renovated Kashi Vishwanath temple unveiled on Shivratri. It reflects the vision of the queen and her allegiance to the Sanatan culture.

First Published:December 14, 2021, 10:15 am

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