Holy scriptures embody abundant information dealing wrath the
origin of the this kshetra; adoration by the people; donations made by
worshippers, and liberation obtained by the believers in details. The great
epics like the Ramayana and Mahabaratha have several references about the glory
of this divya thirtha kshetra in addition to Puranas and devotional literature
augumenting them from time to time.
It is fairly a big temple with three prakaras and imposing
towers. There are many adorable gods in the inner prakara, installed in
beautiful niches and grand mandapas. Among the mini shrines that attract the
visitors, the sannrdhi of Mother Tamara Gowri deserves first mention. The image
besides being a marvelous piece of sculpture, is declaring the glory of the
kshetra in an odd way. She is holding in her hand a balance with one pan
touching the pedestal and the other up dangling in the air representing thereby that Gokarna being greater and
holier than Kasi is lower and so Kasi is up dangling.