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Monkey Temple (Durga Temple)
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Reviewed 4 April 2014

Liked this and doesn't take long to do. Has good views over the city and you really should walk and climb the endless steps to the temple to appreciate it, ( not taxi as we did ). Not to many monkeys but that's probably good and the usual preponderance of hawkers.

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Reviewed 26 March 2014

This temple is worth a visit, we did it with a hired rickshaw so combined it with a few others. The temple was very busy and the area around the shrine was filthy. It was extremely busy in the early afternoon with pilgrims and loads of monkeys so we only stayed for 20 minutes because we were hoping for some peace and quiet. The security is very tight and all bags, cameras and phones must be left in lockers before you enter.

2  Thank gav1882
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Reviewed 3 March 2014

This temple is located at a distance of 12 Kms.from Varanasi Cantt railway station and situated in vicinity of famous Tulsi Manas Mandir .Local people call it Durga Kund temple, because the main sanctum of the temple is devoted to Goddess of power Ma Durga with a big rectangular pond (Kund ) on its right side, sharing its boundary . According to legend, statue of the Goddess was not made by any human, but appeared itself in this region. (Swambhu).Monkey temple is nickname for this temple. This name was given by foreign tourists, because groups of monkeys are usually seen, romping all around temple and have made their permanent settlement in the outer empty spaces. Temple is about 200 years old and was constructed by a queen from Bengal .It is painted in saffron red color, which is the color of Goddess Durga .There is one spire at the peak of the main sanctum with multiple small spires, some attached with spiraling pinnacles. In front side of the temple, there are many flower shops and on Left Side is a small shopping complex, selling coconut, red color chunri and some other items offered to Goddess. Opening time of the temple is 7 AM to 9 PM. large number of devotees visit this temple every day, but -9 days festival of Navratri has special significance ,which attract huge crowd and you may have to wait 1-2 hours to get a glimpse of Goddess. . Pond is made up of red stone and steps, reach up to the bottom. Water, is very dirty has dark green color. Even then you may see many devotees taking ritual bath in it. Pond has special significance because of Nag Panchami festival. At that time large number of people gathers here to watch the enactment of Lord Vishnu reclining on the bed of a statue serpent. . You are not allowed to take camera, since photography is prohibited inside the temple area. After entering inside, you have to step down into a gallery surrounding the sanctum (Parikrama path), then ascend up few stairs to reach at the main sanctum. Face of the Goddess Durga ,is of glittering gold color and has very impressive look. . WORD OF CAUTION – When I went through the reviews posted by the travelers. I found that few have mistaken it for Sankat mochan temple and some for New Kashi Viswanath temple of BHU.They have posted the pictures of those temples in the Tripadvisor picture gallery, which is very confusing to other travelers since it is not related with this temple at all.
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10  Thank Satish T
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Reviewed 27 February 2014

The temple is nice but it's not possible to make any photo's, there were monkey's but not as much as I hoped for.

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Reviewed 12 February 2014

We visited the temple with a local guide (essential) who talked us through the background and walked us through the grounds. The temple is very old and in need of some maintenance, but is definitely worth visiting to hear the story and the background as to why it became known as the Monkey Temple (and indeed has so many monkeys living there)!

The guide we used was called Ash Kapoor (ashwani_kapoor2000@yahoo.com) and he was excellent - I'm sure he'll be pleased to hear from other travellers!

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