Vishalakshi Temple in Varanasi, built in south Indian temple architecture style, is also known as Vishalakshi Gauri Temple. Kashi Vishalakshi Temple finds mention in great detail in Devi Bhagvat Purana (देवी भागवत पुराण). Dravidian architecture style gopuram indicates about its Tamil patronage. The entrance of the temple is flanked by two stone-carved lions on either side. Just above the ‘toran’ / entrance is placed a marble relief depicting Gajalakshmi form of Goddess Lakshmi, sitting atop a lotus flower and elephants from both sides showering water over her. The inner periphery of the Vishalakshi Temple is marked and embellished with ‘shivlingam’, sculptures of Lord Ganesh & serpents (‘nag’) and statue of Adi Guru Shankaracharya in ‘padmasana mudra’ (पद्मासन मुद्रा - sitting in cross-legged posture). The sanctum sanctorum has two sculptures of the goddess; the ancient one is Adi Vishalakshi and another one was built in 1971. The new idol of the goddess, built of polished black stone, depicts right arm holding a lotus and the empty left arm pointing downward. Only the crowned head of goddess Vishalakshi is visible, the rest of her person being covered with a yellow cloth. A small room adjacent to the sanctum sanctorum houses Navagraha (नवग्रह), the planetary deities in anthropomorphic form. These graha (ग्रह) - Surya (Sun), Chandra (Moon), Budha (Mercury), Shukra (Venus), Mangal (Mars), Brihaspati (Jupiter), Shani (Saturn), Rahu (Ascending/North lunar node), and Ketu (Descending/South lunar node) – are worshipped by the visitors. A pilgrim is suggested to visit Vishalakshi Temple, a holy temple, almost adjacent to Dharma Kupa and at the beginning of the Mir Ghat on the banks of Ganga in Varanasi.