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Abodes of Shiva (Kashi Temples)



Goddess Parvathy desired to know from Lord Shiva regarding the various Teerths (Sacred Ponds) in Kashi (Kashi Khand, Chapter 97).  Lord Shiva gladly stated the various Shiv Lings, adding that the Shiv Lings and Teerths are more or less synonymous. Kashi Khand, inter alia, mentions one Chakra Teerth and Chakreshwar Ling, which has Chakra etched on it. (Chakra like Sri Chakra etc. are a part of highly respected worship in respect of Goddess. Many people consider Sri Chakra Pooja or Sri Yantra Pooja as highly auspicious and such poojas should be done with utmost sincerity and purity, with the active guidance of a learned Teacher/Guru). According to Kashi Khand, devotees who bathe in Chakra Teerth and worship Chakreshwar will reach the abode of Lord Shiva after death.


Chakreshwar, which is known by the name of Yantreshwar is located towards the right side immediately after entering Annapurna Temple.  There are three approach lanes one via Dashashwamedh Road, 2nd via Bansphatak and third via Gyanvapi to reach Annapurna Temple.  It is difficult to prescribe the convenient entry point because due to heavy police patrolling, entry points keep changing. During peak rush days like Mondays and other important festivals, the police may regulate the pilgrims through Gyanvapi and the exit point may be through Bansphatak etc.  Since the temple is located in deep Gully, it is advisable to visit the temple alongwith  a local person or Guide. This place of worship is open practically throughout the day and devotees can worship as per their convenience.