This temple is a concrete expression of the concept of "Mother India". The temple houses a marble idol of Bharat Mata along with a huge relief map of India carved in marble. The map depicts the mountains, plains and oceans up to scale. Bhārat Mātā (Hindi, from Sanskrit भारत माता, Bhārata Mātā), Mother India, or Bhāratāmbā (Sanskrit: भारताम्बा; अम्बा ambā means 'mother') is the national personification of India as a mother goddess. She is an amalgam of all the goddesses of Indian culture and more significantly of goddess Durga. She is usually depicted as a woman clad in a saffron sari holding the Indian national flag, and sometimes accompanied by a lion. This temple is dedicated to Bharat Mata and claims to be the only one of its kind in the world.
The temple, a gift from the nationalists Shiv Prasad Gupta and Durga Prasad Khatri, was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi in 1936. Mahatma Gandhi said, "I hope this temple, which will serve as a cosmopolitan platform for people of all religions, castes, and creeds including Harijans, will go a great way in promoting religious unity, peace, and love in the country." The temple is located in the Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth (University) campus in Varanasi. [WikiPedia]