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The Annapurna temple of varanasi is situated next to the Kashi Vishwanath temple. The temple is dedicated to goddess Annapurna . The deity is the goddess of food and prosperity. She is an incarnation of Goddess Parvati , the wife of Lord Shiva. It is believed that Parvati gave Alms to Shiva with a bowl in one hand and a ladle in the other hand. She is serving food to Lord Shiva who is standing in front of her with a begging bowl. It is believed that the devotees who worship at this temple will never suffer from starvation and want of food.

The Annapurna Temple is bigger than the Kashi Vishwanath Temple. A Highlight of this temple is that there are two idols of deity in the temple one is made of gold and the other is made of brass. A day before Diwali, a golden idol of Annapurna is opened for darshan. This idol can be seen only on ceremonial occasions while the brass idol is used for daily worship. Annapurna prasadam will be given daily in a building nearer the temple. Another specialty of this temple is that food is served to all the devotees. It is a common belief that the goddess takes her food only after making sure that all her devotees have had their fill. To perform service before taking the food is a common tradition in this temple. Doing Anna dana in Kasi is the best way to worship goddess Annapurna.

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