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TULSI MANAS TEMPLE


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Tulsi Manas Temple has engraved with historical as well as cultural importance in Varanasi and also in whole of India. This place is famous for here is where the Hindu Epic of Ramayana was composed. In the year 1964 the temple was built. Tulsi Manas Mandir is one of the most famous temples of Varanasi. The Tulsi Manas temple is nearly located to the famous Durga temple. In the year 1964, the temple was built in white marble. The temple has become more charming by the magnificent landscaping around it. The Tulsi Manas Mandir is dedicated to lord Ram. The walls of the Tulsi Manas temple are engraved with verses and scenes from the Ramcharitammanasa, the Hindi version of the Ramayana.

Significance of the temple

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The ancient Indian epic Ramayana was written in Sanskrit due to which it was largely beyond the underastanding of most of the people a language in which only a learned few were versed. Goswami Tulsi Das took up the responsibility himself of translating the Ramayana into Hindi. Which in a way considerably reduced the number of people who were being deprived of such a fantastic literary work. Tulsi Das composed his Ram Charit Manas at this very spot in Varanasi or Kashi.

His composition of Ram Charit Manas gained tremendous popularity. Lord Ram was always acclaimed and presented not just as a good king but also as a great king. People read about Ram in Ram Charit Manas and started praising him. Lord Rama was blessed with unparallel dignity and a lot of virtue while his countrymen worshipped him. He made a significant place for himself in the heart of his countrymen and so Tulsi Das had carved a niche for himself in the literary world. Year's later a temple in honor of Lord Ram was constructed at the very spot where Tulsi Das had written of him and the temple was named Tulsi Manas Temple as a mark of respect and reverence for him.

Tulsi Manas Temple Significance
Ram Charit Manas bestowed Lord Rama as a deity. Before that, he was only considered a King who was unparallelled when it came to dignity. Tulsi Das created a god out of him and in coming centuries he started ruling the hearts of Indians irrespective of their religion. The present temple stands on the same spot. The temple might not look impressive but it is the simplicity in which its importance lies. The serene surrounding welcomes the devotees with break from the jostling and madding crowds at Vishwanath Temple. The walls of this temple are splattered with verses from Ram Charit Manas.

Located seven kilometers from the Varanasi station, the Tulsi Manas Temple has a traditional and cultural history. It is established in that very place where the great Indian epic `Ramayana` was written. It was Goswami Tulsi Das who composed Ramayana in Hindi and named it `Ram Charit Manas`. Lord Rama is the deity worshipped at this temple. Tulsi Das actually created a god out of Rama. Beforehand, Rama was considered as a king who was unparallel.


Description of the Temple

Tulsi Manas Temple Description
The main Gate of Tulsi Manas Mandir will be in marble with an inscription "Shri Tulsi Manas Mandir" Haridwar. On the right side near the entrance, there will is an attractive Tulsi Garden where there is a statue installed depicting the scene of the famous verse: "Tulsi Das chandan ghisen /tilak det Raghuvir." On the left side devotees can find a beautiful pond, which has the four Ghats. There are four statues installed on each bank of the pond with different subjects of the Epics. The northern Ghat statues depicts Shri Kakbhushundji, while the southern bank of the pond depicts Shri Yagywalkaji Maharaj relating to the Ramayana to Shri Bhardwaj Muni.

On the eastern ghat there exists Shri Ashuthosh Shankar (Lord Shiva) which relates to Ramayana and Mata Parvati, and on the western bank Mahamana Goswami Tulsi Das Ji will be shown composing of Ramayana. A little way forward in the Mandir areas devotees would find big Hall of Shri Manas Mandir having three imposing temples.

Tulsi Manas Temple Description
In the middle there is Ram Darbar with Lord Shiva and mother Durga on each side. Besides idols of Lord Ganesha and gods are installed in traditional way described in the Shastras (ancient scriptures). Also one can find idols of Rishis, gods and goddesses mentioned in Ramayana.

One of the unique thing of the temple is its marble wall of the Hall which is inscriped with the l Chaupayees. Dohas, Chhandas and Sorathas (different types of couplets used in literature) along with the innovations at the beginning of all the kands (sections of Ramayana). There is also a pond where there are four idols. Also there is a depiction of Shri Ram Chandra Ji applying Tilak on the forehead of Shri Goswami Tulsi Das Ji.

The Tulsi Manas Mandir temple is constructed in white. The architecture of the temple isrecognized to be very complex and with ornate features. Its beauty lies in the simplicity of the temple. The most admirable aspect of Tulsi Manas Mandir is its walls embedded with verses and scenes from the epic Ramayana which are engraved.

Tulsi Manas Temple
The pictorial representation of the epics is quite remarkable and even the lines where simple words have been used to express such profound philosophical implications of life. Devotees get mesmerized by these engravings. It is the serene and tranquil ambience amidst which it is located whicch is another thing wthat impresses people visiting the Tulsi Manas Mandir.

The Tulsi Manas mandir is steeped in culture, traditions, and religious legends and in a rich mythological heritage which stands as one of the oldest and holiest cities in the world in the city of Varanasi. Of the many holy places in Varanasi like Kashi and Benaras, the Tulsi Manas temple has made a distinctive and unique place for itself.

Time to visit
The Tulsi Manas Mandir remains open from 5.30 in the morning to 12.00 and re- opens again at 3.30 to remain open till 9 at night. The best time to visit the temple would be during October to April.

Other places to Visit

  • Durga temple
  • Vishwanath temple
  • Sankat Mochan temple
  • Bharat Mata temple
  • Sarnath temple
  • Banaras Hindu University (BHU)
  • Archaeological Museum
  • Bharat Kala Bhavan
  • Buddhist Stupas
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Tulsi Manas Temple

How to reach the Temple
  • Tulsi Manas temple is one of the most famous temples of Varanasi city and piligrimage in Uttar Pradesh which 7 kilometres from the Station. It is also an important tourist attraction of the holy city.

  • Through Air - one can reach the temple as Varanasi is well connected and accessible to major Indian cities and tourist spots. There are daily domestic flights to and from Varanasi to several cities in India.

  • By Way of the Railway -There are two railway stations in Varanasi, the Kashi Junction and the Varanasi Junction (also known as Varanasi Cantonment). Devotees have facility of trains from Mughalsarai, just 10 km south of Varanasi.

  • By way of Road -Varanasi has a very good network of roads. There is always frequent public and private buses and road transport to all the major towns of Uttar Pradesh and nearby areas.