Entry Fee : No entry fee
Timings : 06:00 AM – 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Bharat Mata Mandir,
The Bharat Mata Temple is located at the Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth campus, Varanasi and dedicated to the Bharat Mata (Mother India). It was constructed by the Babu Shiv Prasad Gupt and inaugurated by the Mahatma Gandhi in the year 1936. The statue of the Mother India is made up of the marble and looks like a model which symbolizes the entire India, represents mountain, plains and oceans of the India. The Bharat Mata temple does not have a traditional statue of Gods or Goddess but it has a real map of the Mother India.
Importance of the Bharat Mata Temple :-
Bharat Mata Temple is a unique, has an attractive and huge map of the Mother India on the ground denoting the statue of mother of India. The statue has inimitable design which indicates the Goddess of India for all the religious deities, freedom fighters and leaders. The temple is a kind of admiration to all those who take part in the formation of India as it was built before the partition of the India.
History of the Bharat Mata Temple, Varanasi
Babu Shiv Prasad Gupta and Shri Durga Prasad Khatri are credited with the construction of the Bharat Mata Temple, the former was a nationalist leader and the latter a reputed numismatist and antiquarian. It struck them that Benaras or Kashi (the other two names by which Varanasi is known) is home to many temples and mosques. But there is no such edifice in this cultural capital of the country which would stand as a fine symbol of the spirit of nationalism and secularism. So they hit upon this novel idea of a temple where the country would be worshipped, where there would be no customary Gods and Goddesses and which would have no religious association.
Time to Visit the Bharat Mata Temple :-
Bharat Mata Temple opens at 9.30 am in the morning and closes at 8.00 pm in the evening. You can visit in any season.
How to Reach the Bharat Mata Temple :-
Bharat Mata Temple is located at 8 km distance from the BHU, 2 km distance from the Cantt Varanasi and 3 km west to the Godaulia. You can easily reach the Temple by taking the Auto rickshaw from Varanasi Railway Station or Bus Stand, it will take only 10 minutes to reach there and will cost just Rs 5. You can also take the Rickshaw and reach there only by paying Rs 10 and spending 15 minutes of time.
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