An epitome of the culture and heritage of Varanasi, the Tulsi Manas Temple is a top tourist attraction in this famous holy city. The Temple is a fairly recent structure that was built in the year of 1964. Dedicated to King Ram, the Temple is renowned for its all important connection with the legendary mythological tale of Ramayana which is well recognized and loved by masses of the Indian population. Unlike many other temples in Varanasi, the beauty of the Tulsi Manas Temple lies in its simplicity and tranquil atmosphere.
It is reputed that the ancient mythological tale of Ramayana was composed in the peaceful location where the Tulsi Manas Temple now stands. Originally written in Sanskrit, the tale was not understood by the majority of the Indian population due to its Sanskrit composition. Goswami Tulsi Das took it upon himself to translate this historic epic into Hindi, a language known and understood by many in the country. His composition was titled Ram Charit Manas. In his epic translation, he elevated King Ram, a man full of dignity and virtue, to a god-like figure that people began to worship over time.
In commemoration of this legendary story of King Ram, the Tulsi Manas Temple was built many years later at the exact spot where Goswami Tulsi Das wrote the tale. The simple white structure of the Temple contains many engravings of the scenes and texts from Ramayana. The Temple itself exudes a peaceful and tranquil aura and is renowned for its simplistic nature. The surroundings of the Temple are also serene, providing the ideal environment for a relaxing day out.
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