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Abodes of Shiva (Kashi Temples)

Mrityunjayeshwar (Mrityunjay Mahadev)


Lord Shiva was describing the various sacred Teerths (Ponds), Koops (Wells) and places of worship in Kashi.  Lord Shiva described such places with pleasure (Kashi Khand, Chapter 97). In the vicinity of Kaleshwar is the Mrityunjayeshwar. This Ling is capable of keeping untimely death away from devotees.  In the vicinity of the Ling is Kalodak Koop (Well). The water from the well is capable of curing all diseases. Mrityunjayeshwar is also referred to as Apa Mrityu Hareshwar in Kashi Khand (the Lord who wards off untimely death).


Mrityunjayeshwar is located at K-52/39, Vriddha Kal.  People can approach this temple by rickshaw through Bisheshwarganj/GPO. Local devotees call this temple as Mrityunjay Mahadev and the deity is quite famous by that name. The temple is open from 04.00 a.m. to 12.00 midnight.  The doors of the sanctum sanctorum may remain closed at certain times on account of Shringar (Decoration) etc.  There are three aarties at 05.30 a.m. in the morning, 6.30 p.m. and in the night. As the name implies, Mrityu is death, Jay is victory.  Therefore, the combination may be taken as victory over death. People who are afflicted with fatal planetary combinations in their horoscope, indicating untimely death, perform Maha Mrityunjay Jap at this place and many devotees have succeeded in their endeavours.