The city of Varanasi is considered to be one of the oldest and holiest cities in India. It is a place of great religious importance. The place is a heritage site for the Hindus. The city is located on the bank of the Ganga river. There are more than a thousand temples built all over the city. One of the famous temples is the Tulsi Manas Mandir. The Ramacharitmanas, which means, ‘Lake of the deeds of Rama’, was written by the great Hindu philosopher and poet, Goswami Tulsidas at this very place.
Tulsi Manas Mandir in Historical Terms
Sage Valmiki, the author of Ramayana, lived between 50 BC and 100 BC. He wrote the epic in Sanskrit. People later had a major problem in reading Sanskrit. So Goswami Tulsidas took the burden of rewriting the Ramayana in the Awadhi dialect and Hindi, so that it can be read by the masses. The place where he did this deed, became the ground on which a wealthy family from West Bengal, known as Sureka family, build the Tulsi Manas Temple in 1964 to honor the great reformer.
The Temple and Its Beautiful Design
The construction was done the same year it was started. It became known as a place of heritage with a lot of sightseeing. The whole construction was funded by the head of the Sureka family, Thakur Das Sureka. The Tulsi Manas design has been erected with white marbles and with a lot of gardens around it.
If you have a glimpse of the Tulsi Mandir photo, you will find that the attractiveness of the gardens is unparalleled. The engravings on the walls are all based on Ramacharitmanas. Portrayals of Lord Rama, Mother Sita, Lakshman, and Hanuman have been hung over the place. The Tulsi Manas Temple also has a separate museum, which was constructed to keep the different historical artifacts and collected manuscripts of the Ramayana.
En Route to the Temple
The main entrance of the mandir has the name of the philosopher engraved on it, Shri Tulsii Maanas Maandir Haridwar. The Tulsi Garden, located at the right of the gate is a beautiful place to spend time. The northern statue is of Shri Kakbhushundji, the southern one belongs to Shri Yagywalkaji Maharaj, the eastern ghats have a statue of Shri Ashutosh Shankar, and the westerns ghats have the statue of Goswami Tulsidas ji. The temple also contains a small temple in the centre dedicated to Lord Rama, with also Shiva and Goddess Parvati present there.
All the Gods and Goddesses, present in Ramayana, have been erected as statues all through the temple. Several types of Dohas, Chhandas, Sorathas and Chaupayees are described on the temple walls. Statues & scenes from Ramayana and Mahabharata have been build and preserved on the second floor of the temple. The temple is famous for its evening aarti which starts at 4 pm. It also has an aarti at 6 o’clock in morning times, but it is the evening aarti that catches the eyes of the people.
Where is the temple located?
Varanasi, being the cultural capital of India and a medley of Indian Civilization, has a full-grown system of network transport and is connected with routes throughout the country. People can reach Varanasi by railways and waterways. After reaching Varanasi Railway Station, some kind of transportation should be used to reach the Mandir. The distance between the two places is 7 kilometers. To visit the temple from within the city, one can get bus, auto or taxi are best modes of transport to hire. The distance from Banaras University to this temple is 2 kilometers.
Best time to visit
Varanasi is a place of worship. People mainly visit the place to find inner peace. The best time to visit this place is between October and February. The winter season makes the weather chilly cold and woolens become the best friend of the visitors. The mighty Himalayas and the river Ganga, mix up to give the place a pleasantly cool vibe. The Tulsi Manas Temple follows a strict rule regarding visitors. The temple opens sharp at 5:30 am in to morning and remains open till 12 at noon and then the gates are closed. Again the gate are opened from 3:30 pm to 9 pm.