Mrityunjaya Mahadev Temple Varanasi

Mrityunjaya Mahadev Temple Varanasi
Vital Information for Visitors

Mrityunjaya Mahadev Temple, K52/39, Daranagar Visheshwarganj,Varanasi, U.P.

Open & Close:

Open on all days


04:30 AM – 11:30 PM

Aarti Timings:

Morning – 5:30 AM
Evening - 6:30 PM
Night – 11:00 PM

Entry Fee:



30 Min to 1 Hour

Significance :

Dhanwantari Kup & Shiv Barat

Varanasi, the oldest living city on Earth, is considered not only the holiest city of India but also the city of Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva is worshiped in many forms in Varanasi. Though Kashi Vishwanath, one of the Dwadash Jyotirlinga, is the most revered temple in Varanasi but the Mrityunjaya Mahadev Temple too holds immense religious significance in Banaras. Mrityunjaya literally means one who conquers death itself. Devoted to Lord Shiva’s Mrityunjaya form, the Mrityunjaya Mahadev Temple is visited by a large number of devotees. People worship Lord Mrityunjaya for good health and long life. The temple is also known as Mrityunjayeshwar. Mrityunjayeshwar, mentioned as Apa Mrityu Hareshwar in Kashi Khand, is the god who wards off untimely and unnatural death. Mrityunjay is comprised of two words. Mrityu means death and ‘jay’ means victory. So, basically it means the victory over death. The Hindu faithful whose horoscopes suggest forebodings for their life, do visit the temple and perform specifically prescribed religious rituals along with reciting Mahamrityunjay Mantra.

Built of soapstone, granite and sandstone, the temple construction seems to follow the core tenets of typical north Indian temple architecture. The present building of the temple was constructed in the 18th century. Offering of water and flowers on the Shivalinga is one of the ways of expressing devotion to Lord Shiva. Worshipped in the form of a ‘shivlingam’, Mrityunjay Mahadev is said to be ‘swayambhu’ (self-manifested; not chiseled by hand). There is no other temple of Mahamrityunjaya in the world. Within the huge complex of Mahamrityunjaya Mahadev Temple are statues of several deities (देव विग्रह). The sanctum sanctorum of the temple is thousands of years old. There is also a Shivalinga inside the temple which is very important in the Hindu mythology. The temple building was built in the 18th century. Offering of water and flowers on the Shivalinga is one of the ways of offering devotion to the Lord Shiva. There are various smaller shrines inside the temple too which are thousands of years old again. Within the complex are several smaller temples of different deities. The idols of Ashtang Bhairav, Nageshwar Mahadev, Goddess Laxmi, Shani Dev and Lord Hanuman are worshipped here. The statue of Lord Hanuman was installed here by Goswami Tulsi Das. In all Shiva temples, the regular puja (Shraddha) ritual begins with Surya and ends with Bhairava. The temple complex also houses a ‘peepal’ tree and a religiously significant ‘kup’ (well). This historical well is known as Kalodak Kup. It is believed that thousands of years ago, Lord Dhanwantari had put in several medicinal herbs in the Kalodak Kup. Lord Dhanwantari is believed to be one of the 24 incarnations (अंशावतार) of Lord Vishnu. The devotees consider the water of the well having medicinal properties and healing powers with proven record of curing diseases of stomach and internal wounds. A devotee performing puja in Mahamrityunjaya Mahadev Temple believes to be cured from any kind of illness. Along with regular recitation of Maha Mrityunjay Mantra and sprinkling water from Dhanwantari Kup on oneself means that the devotee is protected by Lord Shiva’s blessings. The well is also called as Dhanwantari Kup. A large number of Brahmins can be seen here reciting and chanting Mahamrityunjaya Mantra.

Though a large number of devotees visit the temple daily but, during important festivals related to Lord Shiva, the rush of the devotees gets intensified. The most important festival celebrated in Mrityunjaya Mahadev Temple is Mahashivratri. During this festival, devotees from all over the world visit the temple to offer their prayers to Lord Shiva. The devotees generally observe fast and offer milk, water & flowers to the presiding deity. It is one of the busiest days for the temple. During the Hindu month of Shravan, dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple is visited by an endless number of devotees. The active participation of the Naga Sadhus is one of the most striking features of this temple. Nagpanchami is also celebrated here with gusto.

Located in Maidagin area and close to Kal Bhairav Temple, Mrityunjaya Mahadev Temple opens at 3:30 AM and the priests will decorate the deities first. Thereafter, it actually opens at 4 am for the devotees. The deities are woken up by morning aarti at 5:30 AM. The last aarti is performed in the night at 11:00 PM.

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