Vishwanath Temple is one of the most famous Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and is located in Varanasi, where at least once in life a Hindu is expected to do pilgrimage, and if possible, also pour the remains of cremated ancestors here on the River Ganges. The temple is widely recognized as one of the most important places of worship in Hindu religion and most of the leading Hindu saints have visited this site. A visit to the temple and a bath in the river Ganges is one of many methods believed to lead one on a path to Moksha (liberation). Thus, people from all over the nation, try to visit the place at least once in their lifetime. Vishwanath Temple is known for housing one of the twelve jyotirlingas (lingas of light) of Lord Shiva. The presiding deity is known as Vishwanath, suggesting the "ruler of the world". In the sanctum sanctorum, the holy jyotirlingam is placed in a silver alter. This sacred lingam of Lord Shiva captures the main devotional focus of Varanasi.