Durga Temple, Durga Mandir, Durga Kund Mandir and Monkey temple are some of the names for this temple. It is one of the famous temples, which is dedicated to Goddesses Durga. The red colored temple structure is attracting numerous tourists and plenty of pilgrims every day.
The temple is located in Durga Kund of Bhelupur of Varanasi. It is located 250m away from Tulsi Manas Mandir. Sankat Mochan Mandir is located 700m away from the Durga temple. The temple is 1.5 km away from Banaras Hindu University(BHU)
The temple is at prime beauty throughout the year. During Dusherra celebration that takes place in October, the temple will be colorful. You can find many rituals during this celebration. Many fairs and shops will be erected outside the temple. The temple is open from 7 in the morning until 8 in the evening.Tourists usually prefer to visit this temple during winter season due to the pleasing climate. During auspicious days and festivals, the temple will be filled with devotees.
The temple has a deity dressed in red color and riding on a tiger. The deity has weapons of all the Gods of Hinduism. Right to the temple, a rectangular pond can be found which is connected to River Ganges. Now, the connection is blocked. During Nag Panchami celebration, a structure representing Lord Vishu resting on Shesh Nag will be erected in the pond.You can find many monkeys in the premises.
The queen of Bengal built the temple in 18th century. The temple has a pond (kund) which is connected to the holy River Ganges. It is said that the deity inside the temple was not made by man but appeared itself.
The king of Varanasi invited the princes from surrounding cities for his daughter to choose her groom. Later, he learnt that his daughter was in love with the prince of Varanasi and got them married. The princes who came for the event felt insulted and waged war against the king of Varanasi. The prince of Varanasi prayed to Durga to help the king of Varanasi in the war. It is said that the Goddess fought the war for the king and the temple was built to please Durga and to plead her to protect the land.
The exact time of construction of the temple is not known. It was built in 18th century in Nagara style. The temple is painted in dark red color to represent the power of the Goddess.
There is no entry fee.