Varahi Devi Temple Varanasi

Varahi Devi Temple Varanasi
Vital Information for Visitors

Varahi Devi Temple, D-16/84, Manmandir Ghat, Dashashwamedh Ghat Road,Lahori Tola, Varanasi, U. P.

Open & Close:

Open on all days

Pooja Timing:

4:00 AM – 5:30 AM

Darshan Timing:

5:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Entry Fee:



Approx 30 minutes


Mahashivaratri & Navaratri


Protects Varanasi in the night

Varahi Devi (वाराही देवी) is a prominent deity in Hinduism, particularly in the ‘tantrik’ and Shakta tradition which worship the divine feminine energy, often represented as goddesses. She is one of the Matrikas, a group of eight mother goddesses who are considered the divine consorts of the gods in Hindu pantheon. Varahi Devi is often associated with the boar incarnation of Lord Vishnu. She is associated with the fierce and protective aspect of the divine feminine. As per the legend, during the war against the demons, Varahi Devi was the commander of Goddess Durga. She is worshipped primarily in the southern states of India, especially Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Kerala. However, due to the diverse and inclusive nature of Hinduism, one can find devotees and temples dedicated to various deities across different regions of India. Varahi Devi is a ‘gram devata’ (ग्राम देवता) who safeguards the entire Varanasi. Varahi Devi finds mention in the Kashi Khand. Varahi, as per the Kashi Khand, was one of the sixty four ‘yoginis’ who were sent to Varanasi by Lord Shiva to destabilize the rule of King Divodas. All the ‘yoginis’ were enthralled by the charm of Varanasi and decided to settle down in Kashi itself. As per the religious belief, Kal Bhairav, also called Kotwal of Varanasi, protects Kashi in day time whereas Varahi Devi safeguards the entire city throughout the night & returns to the temple in the morning.

While Varahi Devi temples can be found in different parts of India, there is a well-known Varahi Devi Temple in Varanasi. The temple typically features a sanctum sanctorum (garbhagriha) where the idol or image of Varahi Devi is placed. The sanctum sanctorum and, thus, ‘vigraha’ (विग्रह – the idol of the deity) are situated at basement that is considered 'paataal lok' (पाताल लोक). Only the priest enters the sanctum sanctorum of the shrine to adorn and worship the deity. The devotees are not allowed to go to the basement. They can have a glimpse of Varahi Devi from two holes at the ground floor, just above the ‘garbhagriha’. From one hole, the face of the goddess can be seen and from another hole, a glimpse of the deity’s feet can be had.

Varahi Devi is depicted with the head of a sow (female pig) and the body of a human. She has four arms and holds various weapons and attributes, symbolizing her power and protection. She is often shown holding a trident (trishula) and sometimes riding a buffalo or standing on a buffalo. She is associated with the energy of Varaha. She destroys evil forces and grants strength and courage to her devotees. Devotees seek Varahi Devi's blessings for protection, prosperity, and overcoming obstacles. Devotees offer various offerings and perform rituals in front of the deity. Offerings made to Varahi Devi typically include flowers, coconuts, sweets, and other traditional items. The festival celebrations often involve elaborate rituals, devotional music, and processions.

The priests start performing ‘pooja’ from 4:00 AM to 5:30 AM and the devotees are allowed for ‘darshan’ from 5:30 AM to 9:30 AM only. If you plan to visit the Varahi Devi Temple in Varanasi, it's advisable to check the temple's opening hours, dress modestly, and respect the temple's customs and traditions.

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