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PANCHRATANA TEMPLE,VARANASI,KASHI,BANARAS.

PANCHRATANA TEMPLE,VARANASI,KASHI,BANARAS.
PANCHRATANA TEMPLE,VARANASI,KASHI,BANARAS. This temple is one among numerous temples in Varanasi. Situated at the Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya road, linking Durga Kund and Assi Ghat, this beautifully carved sandstone structure, known as Panch Ratna Temple, is perhaps one among the most neglected temples in Varanasi. It is beyond comprehension that the premises of this temple is inhabited by residents and also by a hotel. Lakshminarayana Pancharatna Mandir (also known as Panchameshwara Temple) was one of the few exceptions as I explored the full length of the 85 ghats that front the great Ganga. this east-facing temple was built by Queen Dulari Radhakunvar of Surasand Estate, Bihar. She purchased the land in 1902 from the then king of Banaras, Prabhunarayan Singh, and erected the temple shortly afterwards. The most pathetic part is that the residents staying in its compound use the outer walls of this marvelous temple for drying their clothes. Though the name of the hotel is prominently displayed, nowhere on the road, is the name of the temple mentioned. One may rightly wonder why this neglect of this temple in the city of temples.

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