Tulsi Manas Mandir Temple is one of the famous temples of the Varanasi and also known as the Tulsi Birla Manas Mandir. It is located at Durgakund very close to the Durga Temple in Varanasi city. It is made up of white marble in the year 1964 and looks very attractive having a beautiful garden. The temple is dedicated to Lord Rama and constructed by the family of Banaras. The temple has beautiful images of the Ram, Sita, Lakshman, and Hanuman ji.
Other temples located near the Tulsi Manas Mandir are the Durga temple, Sankat Mochan temple, and New Vishwanath temple. It has become the point of the tourist attraction in the Kashi. It is considered that the temple is built at the same place where the famous and great Indian Epic Ramcharitamanasa written by the saint Goswami Tulsidas. The wall of the temple has various scenes from the Ramcharitamanasa.
Significance of the Tulsi Manas Mandir Temple
Tulsi Manas Mandir Temple has both, historical as well as cultural importance in Varanasi. Goswami Tulsidas had written an ancient Hindu Epic Ramcharitamanasa at this place in the Kashi. He had described the life history of Lord Rama in this Epic and got incredible popularity soon. Lord Rama was a great King and he always presented a good example in front of the people. Many years later, a temple was built at that spot named Tulsi Manas Mandir Temple. In the Ramcharitamanasa, King Rama is described as Lord Rama as a Hindu deity.
History of the Tulsi Manas Mandir Temple
The main gate of the temple has written Shri Tulsi Manas Mandir Hari-dwar. At the right side of the entrance gate, there is an attractive Tulsi Garden which has a very calm and clean environment. The Tulsi Garden has the statue of Tulsidas which illustrates the stanza “Tulsi Das Chandan ragane, tilak det Raghuvir.” On the left side of the main temple, there is a beautiful pond having four Ghats.
Each bank of the temple has different statues denoting special subjects of the Hindu Epics. The northern Ghat of the pond has the statue of the Shri Kakbhushundi Ji, the southern bank has the statue of Shri Yagywalkaji Maharaj, the eastern ghat has the statue of Shri Ashutosh Shankar (means Lord Shiva) and the western bank has the statue of the Goswami Tulsidas Ji. The Center of the temple has Ram Darbar with Lord Shiva and Mata Parvati. The statue of all the Gods and goddesses, described in the Hindu epic, is present in the temple. The wall of the temple is described with different types of Chaupayees, Dohas, Chhandas, and Sorathas.
The second floor of the temple has statues and scenes of the great Hindu legends from the Ramayana and Mahabharata. The temple is named after the great saint of 16th century Tulsidas.