Mrityunjay Mahadev Mandir
This is one of the most famous Hindu pilgrimages dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is situated in Daranagar, Visheshwarganj in Varanasi at Uttar Pradesh, India. Varanasi city is also called Kashi. Mrityunjay Mahadev Mandir is. People believe that the temples keeps all its devotees away from unnatural death and cures illnesses when the devotees perform "Mrityunjay path" and sprinkle water from the well (called koop) on themselves. Mrityunjay Mahadev Mandir is one of the most prominent and ancient temples in the holy city of Varanasi. This temple holds a great historical and cultural importance in Hinduism. The shrine in the temple sanctum is thousands years old and has a Shivlinga inside the temple premise as well. The current building was built in 18th century. As per the legends, it is also believed that Dhanvantari who was the Avatar of Vishnu and the God of Ayurvedic medicine, poured all his medicines in the well, giving it the healing power.
Shrawan Maas and Shivratri are the festivals celebrated with a great pomp and devotion every year. People come not only from India but outside it to visit this sacred Shrine of Lord Shiva and to carry water from the holy well. Dev- Diwali and Prodosh vrats are also commemorated inside the complex among the local devotees. This famous Shiva festival is commemorated on the new moon day in the month of ‘Maagha’ according to the Hindu calendar in this famous temple. This auspicious day is celebrated to worship Lord Shiva, who is an important God in the Hinduism. The most striking and the attractive feature of this festival is the active participation of the Naga Bavas.