How to reach:- Varanasi is a renound railway station near Mughalsarai. Varanasi has an airport also some 30 Km away from the main city. From the station take an auto (5 Km) for Godaulia which again is 1 Km from the temple.
Where to stay:- There are many guest houses in Varanshi near the “Godaulia” and also near the temple and also at the banks of the river Ganga, some eminent is Jaipuria at Godaulia.
How to do Darshan:-
Prohibited:- Leather belt, Camera, Mobile, Any tobacco Pan Cigarrate, Gutkha etc, any key with remote are strictly not allowed. Every part of your pocket will at least be searched thrice so there is no chance of carrying these. Security is even tighter than is at the airport, and is not like the other Jyotirlings.
The temple opens at 4 o clock in the morning and you can do the darshan and can touch and jalavishek the Shiv ling. There is no dress Code for anyone .Its not much crowded except on Mondays and Shrawan in July & August. However jalavishek is not allowed after the evening hours once the Shringar arti is done by the temple. The distance to the the temple from the river is 1 Km so must watch the Ganga arti in the evening at Dashaswamedh ghat.
The river gets very deep suddenly at the steps and many people have drowned so far while taking the bath so avoid getting down in the river after the first two steps, if you don’t know swimming.
After the darshan of Baba Viswanath one must go to the Kalvaurav temple which again is 1.5 Km from the Viswanath temple, otherwise it is said that you will be deprived of the boon of visiting Baba Viswanath. Other eminent place to visit nearby is the BHU Mandir 6 Km which is just few fts lower than the Qutub Minar as is said., Sankat Mochan 3.5 Km, Durga Mandir 3 Km all in the same way except the Kalvairav Mandir, which is on the other side.
There is no queue in the evening but at that time you may not be allowed to touch the Shivling.
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