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Bharat Mata Temple

There are many Holy Places in Varanasi but the Bharat Mata Temple is one with a difference. Unlike the other temples it does not enshrine any particular God or Goddess revered by religious followers.Dedicated to Mother India, it is situated in Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth. It was built by Babu Shiv Prasad Gupt and inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi (the father of the IndianBharat Temple Varanasi Nation) in 1936. The statue marble of Mother India shows undivided India with mountains, plains and oceans in exact proportions The Bharat Mata temple at Varanasi is the only temple dedicated to Mother India. It is located in the Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth campus. 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. The statute of Bharat Mata is built in marble and is a model of undivided India, 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. The uniqueness of the Bharat Mata Temple does not just end here. The thoughts that governed its construction design are also unique. It stands on five distinct pillars and each of these pillars symbolizes earth, wind, fire, water and sky, the five basic elements of creation respectively. All the pillars finally converge at the top yet again signifying that every element finally merges with the supreme. Located within the campus of the Kashi Vidyapeeth Campus, the Bharat Mata Temple in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh is open from 9.30 A.M. in the morning to 8.00 P.M. in the evening. Make sure you drop in for a visit.

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