The Bharat Mata Mandir at Varanasi is the only temple dedicated to Mother India. It is located in the Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth campus. Instead of traditional statues of Gods and Goddesses, this temple has a huge map of undivided India carved in marble. This temple is dedicated to Bharat Mata and claims to be the only one of its kind in the world. This temple was built by Babu Shiv Prasad Gupta and Shri Durga Prasad Khatri and inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi in 1936.
The statue of the Mother India is made up of the marble and looks like a model which symbolizes the entire India, represents mountain, plains and oceans of the India. This temple represents the human manifestation of Indian nation. It houses a relief map of India carved on white marble brought from Makrana. The map that is kept here depicts the undivided India as the temple was built before partition. The map is absolutely perfect in scale as the plains mountains and oceans are marked with great precision in terms of longitude and latitude .This temple is ventured by all Indians irrespective of cast and creed and color.
The construction of temple is unique in itself. It stands on 5 distinct pillars that converse in to one at the top. The five pillars signifies the 5 basic elements of creation namely earth, wind, fire, water and sky. There convergence in to a single pillar symbolizes that every element has to ultimately submerge into the supreme.
The statue has inimitable design which indicates the Goddess of India for all the religious deities, freedom fighters and leaders. The temple is a kind of admiration to all those who take part in the formation of India as it was built before the partition of the India.
Located within the campus of the Kashi Vidyapeeth Campus, the Bharat Mata Temple in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh is open from 9.30 A.M. in the morning to 8.00 P.M. in the evening.