Dedicated to Goddess Durga, this temple is a symbol of feminine divinity. The deity present in this temple is believed to have materialised out of thin air and was not made by any man. Another badge of feminism for this temple is that it was commissioned by a woman. The Maharani of Bengal was responsible for its making and it was according to her wishes that it was constructed in the Nagara style of architecture. But, the most interesting fact about this temple is perhaps the fact that it is visited by several monkeys every day. There are so many monkeys here that it is often called ‘Monkey Temple’. So, beware of those mischievous apes when visiting here!

  • Timings: 5:00 AM- 9:00 PM
  • Best for: It is one of the best places to visit in Varanasi for Durga devotees.
  • Time required: 2-3 hours
  • Tip: Photography inside the temple might be restricted, so check beforehand.
  • Nearby Attractions: Bharat Mata Temple, Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Sankahtha Mata Mandir, Ganga Ghat, BHU
  • Nearby Restaurants: Doodh Booth, Flavours Cafe, Striker cafe & bistro, Pizzaa Xpress, Kathi Junction, Ming Garden
  • Google rating and reviews: 4.7 rating and 420 reviews