Sri Vishalakshi Temple is one among the 18 famous Shakthi Peeta's. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Parvathi in the divine form of Vishalakshi Devi. Her consort is Lord Kashi Viswanath. It is located in Varanasi of Uttar Pradesh.
The narrow lanes near Meer Ghat in the holy city of Varanasi lead to the Vishalakshi temple built in South Indian architectural style. The Gopuram at the entrance has elaborate carvings. The temple has an array of Shivlingams around it. The four pillars in front of the main shrine are adorned with colourful sculptures. The Garbhagriha has two idols of Goddess Vishalakshi- a smaller black stone idol called Adi Vishalakshi, which is believed to be the original idol on left back side and another black stone image, adorned with flowers and jewels, installed at a later date.
Sri Kasi Vishalakshi Devi Temple Varanasi
Mythology believes the Vishalakshi temple as one of the Shaktipeethas. When Lord Shiva's wrath at the death of his wife Sati manifested as the Tandava which would destroy the Universe, Lord Vishnu's Sudarshan chakra cut her corpse into pieces which scattered around the subcontinent. It is believed that the Goddess' earrings fell where the temple of Vishalakshi stands today.
Varanasi being an important tourist destination for both pilgrims as well as other tourists features numerous economic hotels as well as luxury hotels and guest houses.