During the holy month of Shravan, approximately 1.57 crore pilgrims visited the Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi, with over 7 lakh going on the final Monday. VIPs have also prayed, including Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
On the eighth and last Monday of the Hindu holy month of Shravan, over seven lakh worshippers offered prayers at the Kashi Vishwanath (KV) Temple, bringing the total number of devotees who visited throughout the holy season to over 1.57 crore.
The Jalabhishek rite was carried out as per tradition amid shouts of “Har Har Mahadev,” and Monday’s visitors were showered with flowers by the temple staff.
Sunil Kumar Verma, the chief executive of the KV Temple, stated: “In July, 70 lakh Shiva devotees came to the KV Temple, and up till August 28, around 1.57 crore devotees had prayed here this year. 7 lakh worshippers were among them today.
Yogi Adityanath, the chief minister, various state and federal ministers, including the union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman, and the union minister of state for the home G Kishan Reddy have all paid visits to the KV Temple thus far to offer prayers to Baba Kashi Vishwanath. According to Verma, around 86 lakh devotees prayed to Baba Kashi Vishwanath between August 1 and August 28.
Verma kept dousing the Monday arrivals in flower petals as he continued to say that all accommodations had been provided for the comfort of devotees on the temple grounds. For the devotees, other amenities have also been set up, according to Verma.
The ‘Jalabhishek’ practice was begun by the devotees after the Mangala Aarti, before they made prayers at other Shiva temples in Varanasi. A significant number of pilgrims also visited temples such Mrityunjay Mahadev, Tilbhandeshwar, Rameshwar, Gauri Kedareshwar, Shooltankeshwar, Markandey Mahadev, Baba Srangnath Mahadev, and the BHU Vishwanath.
On July 4 (Tuesday) of this year, the Shravan month officially began. It will go on through Thursday, August 31. Due to the “Adhik Shrawan Maas,” the holy Shravan month will now last two months after a long hiatus of 19 years.
Source- Hindustan times