Annapurna Puja


Located near the Kashi Vishwanath Temple,this sanctuary of godness Annapurna was built by Maratha Chieftain Peshwa Baji Rao in 1729.


Meaning of Annapurna Temple
The idol of Annapurna Bhavani a Benovelant faim of shakti, is made in solid gold and carries a cooking pot. The Goddess is believed to be the mother of all the three worlds, heaven, earth and hell and it is said that her devotees never suffer from starvation and want of food.The temple complex has a small sanctum that enshrines the idol of Goddess Annapoorna. It was inaugurated in January 1977 and the famous Shankaracharya of Shringeri consecrated the idol. It is said that the devotes of the Goddess never suffer from starvation.


Structure of Annapurna Temple
The idol of Annapurna Bhavani a benevolent form of Shakti, is made in solid gold and carries a cooking pot that is why the Goddess Annapurna is looked upon as the provider of food and the sustainer of prosperity. There is also a striking silver-faced image of Shani (Saturn) within the temple. Shani is feared for his destructive powers and is propitiated to prevent any ill befalling the devout.


Annapurna Puja is devoted to Goddess Annapurna and is a major ritual in eastern parts of India, The puja is mainly performed by women and it is dedicated to Goddess Annapurna an aspect of Parvati, which nourishes the world through food. It is observed during the waxing stage of moon (Shukla Paksha) in Chaitra month as per Bengali calendar. In 2009, the date of Annapurna Puja is April 3.Goddess Annapurna is the aspect of Mother Nature that nourishes all living beings. At Kashi, Lord Shiva is believed to be taking food in a begging bowl from Goddess Parvati. Nourishment is needed for the attainment of knowledge. Goddess Annapurna nurtures us and prepares us for self realization.Women and children recite the Annapurna Stotram on the Annapoorna Pooja day. Special idols of Goddess Annapurna are installed at home and in public pandals. Pujas and rituals as per traditions are conducted