Video - In and Around Bharat Mata Mandir
Bharat Mata temple is located at Varanasi which is the only temple dedicated to Mother India. It is situated near the Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth campus. In 1936, the Mandir was built by Babu Shiv Prasad Gupta and inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi. The statue of Bharat Mata is built with marble and is a model of undivided India, which is depicting the mountains, plains and oceans. The most peculiar thing about the Bharat Mata Temple is that instead of the customary gods and goddesses, it houses a relief map of India, carved out of marble.
Significance of the temple
The Goddess of India or Mother India is generally illustrated as a woman dressed in a saffron-colored sari and holding the flag in one of her hands.
This eight-storied temple of Mother India has an approximate height of 180 feet. Elevators are installed in the temple to aid the pilgrims. Each storey of the temple is based on a particular theme, housing figures of many mythological legends, religious deities, freedom fighters and leaders. It is a kind of reverence to all those, who played a vital role in the formation of the country.
On the first floor, Statue of Bharat Mata adorns the hall, where the Goddess is holding a milk pot in one hand and stack of grain in the other hand. This image of Goddess represents the nurture granted by the Mother as a toddler and as an adult. This floor also comprises a huge map of India on a raised platform. The Temple even has a big picture of Indira Gandhi, inaugurating the temple. 'Shoor Mandir' is the title granted to the second floor and it is dedicated to the legendary heroes of India.
The third floor is known as 'Matru Mandir' that celebrates the achievements of honored women like Meera Bai, Savitri and Matiri etc. 'Sant Mandir' is the fourth floor that features great saints from different religions of India. The fifth floor has an assembly hall, where all the practicing religions in India, are represented in a harmonious manner on the walls. These walls reveal the historical facts and painting which are screening the natural beauty of India.
On the sixth floor of Mandir is the Goddess Shakti represented in different forms like Durga, Parvati, Sati, Radha, Saraswati, Kali, etc. The seventh floor in the temple is dedicated to all the incarnations and forms of Lord Vishnu including Ram, Krishna and Matsya, etc. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the eighth floor offers a splendid view of the Himalayas and the whole complex of Sapt Sarovar.
It is the only temple in the city of Varanasi which is dedicated to Mother India. It is the only temple as the personification of India as a mother goddess. It is located in the Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth campus. This temple was built by Babu Shiv Prasad Gupta and Shri Durga Prasad Khatri and inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi in 1936.This temple represents the human manifestation of Indian nation. It houses a relief map of India carved on white marble brought from Makrana. The map that is kept here depicts the undivided India as the temple was built before partition. The map is absolutely perfect in scale as the plains mountains and oceans are marked with great precision in terms of longitude and latitude .This temple is ventured by all Indians irrespective of cast and creed and color.
The upper structure of the Bharat Mata Mandir starts with five at the base and as over it converges into one at the top, symbolizing that this world of five elements has ultimately to merge with the Supreme.
Time to VisitBehind all of the temples in the city of Varanasi either the religious sentiments of the people attached or these temples enshrine any particular God or Goddess. But Bharat Mata Mandir is unique in its own sense.
The other unique feature of this temple is its unique design. It stands on five different pillars and each pillar symbolizes earth, water, fire, water and Sky which constitutes the five basic elements of creation. All these pillars finally converge at the top signifying that the world of five elements has ultimately to merge with Supreme. The temple opens at 9.30 A.M in the morning and closes at 8.00 P.M in the evening.
Good time to visit the Varanasi City is during Makara Sankranti that is in January and Basant Panchami during January-February . Maha Shivaratri during the month of February-March is a very special religious festival in Varanasi. As it is marked by many rituals and festivities all through Varanasi. Best periods to visit this place would be from October to March.
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How to reach the Temple
One can reach the temple through all the following options and catch a cab to the Temple.
The temple is located about 3 km west of Godaulia, outside the old city. It is situated in the Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth campus.
- By Air -one can reach Varanasi city as it is well- connected by regular service of flights with some major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bhubaneswar, Lucknow, Jaipur, Khajuraho, Katmandu.
- By Train - Varanasi being a major rail junction, is properly connected by rail. The city is well very much connected by super fast trains to Delhi. The major cities across the country like Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Lucknow, Allahabad, Patna, Jaipur, Gorakhpur and Khajuraho are all connected.
- By Road one can reach Varanasi by a well network connection of roads from all major towns of Uttar Pradesh and other neighbouring areas. There is regular bus service which can be availed from Varanasi to Jaunpur, Allahabad, Lucknow, Faizabad and Gorakhpur. Varanasi is also well- connected with Kolkata, Delhi, Madras and Bangalore.