Kashi has many Yatras. I’ve already written concerning the Nava Durga Yatra in Kashi that’s achieved through the Navaratas in Kashi. Nava Gauri Yatra is one other Devi Yatra in Varanasi that takes you thru 9 Gauri temples throughout the town.
This yatra can be prescribed within the Kashi Khand of Skanda Puran’s one centesimal Chapter. A few of Devis are additionally talked about intimately in different chapters.
What’s Nava Gauri Yatra?
Nava Gauri Yatra is a yatra by way of 9 totally different Gauri temples in Varanasi. These are 9 totally different manifestations of Shakti as Gauri.
All these temples are small, typically part of an even bigger temple. Every of them is historical in its essence even when it’s not in its authentic place. For some the place itself turns into the illustration of Devi as we are going to see.
A board on the first Gauri temple tells the names and areas of all of the temples. The order to go to the temples can be the identical.
When to do Nava Gauri Yatra in Kashi?
It is strongly recommended to be achieved Shukla Tritiya or the third day of the brilliant fortnight. This implies you are able to do this Yatra 12 occasions in a yr for the very best advantages of it.
That is additionally achieved on the 9 days of the Vasanta or Chaitra Navaratri that falls in Mar/Apr.
9 Gauri Temples of Varanasi
Mukhnirmalika or Sukhnirvanika Gauri
Gai Ghat Hanuman Temple Premises
That is the primary Gauri to be visited. The title talked about in Skanda Puran is Sukh Nirwanika Devi, however in the present day in Kashi she is best often called Mukh Nirmalika Devi.
It is strongly recommended that you simply take bathtub in Gopreksha Tirtha after which go to Mukhnirmalika Gauri. This Tirtha is positioned inside Ganga at Gai Ghat, so basically you are taking a dip in Ganga at Gai Ghat.
Her annual pageant is well known on Chaitra Purnima that falls in March/April. She can be visited on the primary day of Chaitra Navaratri.
It’s a small temple that you would be able to simply method from Gau Ghat. The temple additionally has lot of different temples inside it. It’s extra popularly recognized for the Dakshinamukhi Hanuman temple. There are additionally Saptamatrikas and Sheetala Mata within the temple advanced.
I visited it early morning when the morning Arti was going. There was nobody else within the temple. It was like having the mom all to myself.
2. Jyeshtha Gauri
Maidagin, close to Kashi Devi Temple
Particular Day – Jyeshtha Shukla Ashtami or the 8th day of shiny fortnight of Jyeshtha month that falls in Might/June. She can be worshipped throughout Chaitra or Vasanta Navaratri.
Jyeshtha is the elder sister of Lakshmi. It’s stated that they each come collectively however folks need to see Lakshmi coming and Jyeshtha going as she typically represents the alternative of Lakshmi. She can be referred to as Alakshmi for similar purpose.
At Kashi, they are saying that those that take into account themselves unlucky, turn into lucky after worshipping her.
3. Saubhagya Gauri
Adi Vishwanath Gali, Bans Fatak.
It is strongly recommended that Saubhagya Gauri must be visited after taking a dip within the Gyaan Vaapi. It’s not a chance as of now. You’ll be able to at all times take a dip in Ganga in its place.
Worshipping Saubhagya Gauri, because the title signifies, brings in Saubhagya or the nice fortune. You’ll be able to go to her on 3rd Navaratra in Chaitra.
4. Shringar Gauri
Kashi Vishwanath Temple
She can be worshipped after taking a dip in Gyan Vaapi. Her temple was positioned proper behind the Gyan Vapi mosque. The temple is kind of non-existent, however the place it was remains to be recognized because the place of Shringar Gauri.
She was historically visited on 4th day of Chaitra Navaratra.
5. Vishalakshi Gauri
Take a dip in Ganga after which go to the Vishalakshi Shaktipeetha in Kashi. Skanda Purana mentions Vishala Ghat or Vishala Tirtha which is positioned in Ganga solely. however I believe now it’s nearer to Mir Ghat.
It’s a small temple that’s largely visited by the South Indians. The imagine she is part of the triad – Madurai Meenakshi, Kanchi Kamakshi and Kashi Vishalakshi. You may also see Vishwa Bhuja Devi temple closeby which is part of many small temples.
I attempt to do some chanting right here each time I go to this temple.
Look intently to the Murti, there are two of them. The outdated one is known as Adi Vishalakshi and is behind the brand new one which is extra seen.
Subsequent to the Vishalakshi is a Shiva temple in a bigger room. You will notice many individuals sitting on this room engrossed of their Sadhna. It’s an expertise to be part of a Sadhna that’s as a lot private as it’s collective.
Throughout Navaratra she may be visited on the 5th day or as a part of the Shukla Tritiya Yatra on the identical day together with different Devis.
6. Lalita Gauri
Take a dip in Lalita Tirtha at Lalita Ghat and go to Ma Lalita Gauri. It’s positioned near the well-known Dashashwamedha ghat in Varanasi. The favored Nepali Pasupatinath Mandir can be positioned closeby.
He big day is Ashwin Krishna Dwiteeya, apart from the Navaratras when all Devis are visited by the devotees.
You’ll be able to sit at this small temple overlooking the Ganga. In case you are delicate sufficient, you’ll really feel the floe of power right here and it’s as much as you to take as a lot as you may.
7. Bhavani Gauri
Take a dip in Bhavani Tirtha earlier than visiting Bhavani is what the Skanda Purana mentions. I assume the Tirtha is part of Ganga.
This temple is positioned within the Annapurna temple advanced. You’ll be able to ask anybody for Bhavani Murti within the temple. No pictures is allowed right here.
8. Mangala Gauri
It’s believed that the Murti of Mangala Gauri was put in by Surya Deva himself. Because the title suggests, she is Mangala or the auspiciousness personified. Many single ladies who need to be married, go to her to ask for an acceptable husband, specifically on Tuesdays.
Take a dip in Vindu Tirtha earlier than visiting Mangala Gauri. I assume this was the Tirtha related to Bindu Madhav Temple which is closeby.
9. Mahalakshmi Gauri
Lastly, for the steady positive aspects in your life, worship the Mahalakshmi Gauri. Lakshmi Kund space of Varanasi is centered round Mahalakshmi temple. There are lots of temples surrounding her small temple like Jivutputrika or Santan Lakshmi, Vaishno Devi, Sharda Devi, Mayuri Devi. A Chandi Mandir is positioned closeby.
Your entire Lakshmi Kund space is handled as a Shakti Peetha.
The pond referred to as Lakshmi Kund is positioned near the temple. It may be a fantastic place to take a seat and meditate whether it is stored clear. Ram Kund and Sita Kund are additionally purported to be positioned shut by however I’m but to go to them.
A 16-day mela referred to as Sorhiya mela takes place at this temple, starting on Bhadrapada Shukla Ashtmi
Mahalakshmi is the Adi Shakti who comprises all of the three gunas in herself. Her Murti is then proven with three faces representing the three gunas.
The perfect time to go to all these 9 Gauris in Kashi is throughout Chaitra Navaratri.
The following greatest time to go to all of them in sooner or later is Shukla Tritiya of any month.
Tuesdays and Fridays are significantly crowded in these temples.
All these are small temples, largely co-located with different temples.
Most temples open within the morning, keep closed round lunch time after which open once more within the night.
You could want assist in finding them. A neighborhood information could be useful. You could contact Kashi Pradakshina Darshan Yatra Smiti who commonly conducts these Yatras by visiting their workplace at Mumukshu Bhavan at Assi Ghat.
If you wish to do them in sooner or later, I recommend beginning very early within the morning.
Temples near ghats are greatest approached from ghats, for the remaining you may take rickshaws.