This temple, like most other temples in Varanasi, was also situated inside narrow gullies and there are shops along the way selling flowers, milk, etc., They almost bully you into buying things and I did not like having such an atmosphere in a place of faith and devotion.
Kashi Annapoorna Temple:
Annapoorna Devi, another form of Devi Parvathi, is worshipped as the Goddess of food. The temple is located very close to Kasi Vishwanath temple. Devotees are given raw rice (Anna) as prasad (divine offering) and which they take back to home and cook. Devi here is seen with a bowl in her hand symbolizing food.
Kashi Visalakshmi temple:
Visalakshi means wide-eyed. (Visala - wide or big & Akshi - Eye). Kashi Visalakshi temple is believed to be one of the Sakthi Peethas (the most sacred temples of the Devi). Used to seeing grand temples in South India, I imagined the Kashi Visalakshi temple would be similarly grand, given that it is a Shakti Peeth. But, I was surprised seeing the small temple.
The garbhagriha (inner sanctum) here has two idols, and you can see the small idol of Visalakshi Devi, called Adi Visalakshi at the backside of the main idol.
After this, we left for our hotel. We checked out around 11 and left for Sarnath.
Bharata Mata Temple:
On our way to Sarnath, we stopped at Bharata Mata temple. This is a unique temple in Varanasi, dedicated to the country India, and not any religious deity. The temple has a huge 3D Map of undivided India made of marble on the ground. It was constructed by one Babu Shiva Prasad Gupta, a freedom fighter and was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi in 1936. The temple is located on a huge campus, maintained very neatly and is very peaceful since not many visit this temple.
During our visit, we were the only ones visiting the temple.