1780: Ahilyabai Holkar builds the present Kashi Vishwanath Mandir

Ahilyabai Holkar constructs the present Kashi Vishwanath Temple to the immediate south of the mosque. However, since the original lingam is believed to be hidden by the priests inside the Gyanvapi during Aurangzeb’s raid, the plinth attracts greater devotion than the temple for well over a century.

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