INDIA, April 2, 2024 (Curly Tales): Kashi Vishwanath Dham is one of the holy pilgrimage sites for devotees practicing Hinduism. A temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in the ancient city of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, this sacred site is known for its extravagant Ganga aarti. Recently, Kashi Vishwanath Dham set a new record for the highest-ever footfall in the shrine on a non-festive day as 600,000 devotees visited the Jyotirlinga shrine. Kashi Vishwanath Dham in Varanasi, dedicated to Lord Shiva, recorded a whopping 9.5 million devotees in March 2024, a non-festive month. Over 600,000 devotees headed to the Jyotirlinga on Sunday and set a new record for the highest-ever footfall on a non-festive day. Vidya Bhushan Mishra, Kashi Vishwanath Dham’s chief executive officer, announced this new record to news agencies today.

The spokesperson stated that a total of 636,975 devotees headed to the temple on March 31, resulting in the highest-ever footfall the temple has witnessed on a non-festive day. In March 2023, 3,711,060 devotees visited the Kashi Vishwanath Dham to seek blessings from the divine. During festival months, the maximum number of devotees that visited the temple stood at 9,562,206 during Shravan (August 2023). Last month, the temple witnessed a whopping 9,563,432 devotees. While the temple welcomed 503,024 devotees in 24 hours on March 18, a non-festival day, the average footfall has tremendously increased post-January 31, 2024. It now stands at 150,000 per day.

Before the opening of the revamped Kashi Vishwanath Dham, the Jyotirlinga only witnessed around 20,000 devotees per day and around 250,000 devotees on Maha Shivratri.