Tulsi Manas Mandir is one of the famous temples for tourists. "This temple is dedicated to Lord Ram". Ramcharitmanas was written by Goswami Tulsi das is 16th century here. Ramcharitmanas is the Awadhi version of epic, Ramayan. The temple is famous for its marble structure and lush garden around it.
Tulsi Manas Mandir is located very close to Durga Temple in Durgakund in Varanasi. The temple is accessible from various parts of the city with ease. The temple is located 7 km away from the railway station and 2 km from Banaras Hindu University (BHU).
The temple is at prime beauty throughout the year. The best time to visit is winter because of the charming climate. The temple opens by 5:30 am and closes by 12 pm and, opens by 3:30 pm and closes by 9 pm. The right time to witness rituals are 6 am in the morning and 4 pm in the evening. If you visit the temple during Sawan Mela that takes place in July/August, you will find a lot of fairs and unique rituals.
It is a two-storied building. Right to the main gate, you can find a serene Tulsi garden. Left to the gate, you will find a temple pond with four ghats. Each ghat has a statue from the epic. On the second floor of the temple, many scenes of Ramayana and Mahabharata are engraved on the walls. You can find many statues here.The temple is built with white marble. The architecture has significant ornamental features.
The epic Ramayana was written in Sanskrit during 100-50 BC. This epic was not easily accessible to all due to the complex literature. Tulsi das re-wrote the epic in Awadhi language in 16th century. The temple was built in remembrance of the poet. Prior to the work of Tulsi das, Lord Ram was just seen as a great king. He described the king as the Lord himself. In 1963, the construction of the temple was completed with white marble and unique landscaping. Many scenes of the epic are engraved on the walls in the temple.
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