Summary : : As per our Vedanta Panchkroshi Yatra was started from Satyug.Lord Shiva had told Mata Parvati that those who worship the Gods and Goddesses lying in the Panchkroshi Circle of Kashi, get free from all the sins accumulated during their seven births and he never enters in any womb and finds a through way to heaven.
In the Treta Yug, after killing demon king Ravana, Lord Rama came to kashi and completed this yatra. And in Dwapar Yug the same was completed by the Pandavas.
This is a journey of 5 Kosh (50 miles approx/ 75 kilometer ) and it is considered to represent the Visheshwar Jyotirlinga. This is also mentioned that the course of this Panchkroshi Yatra varies in different yugas.
The Panchkroshi yatra starts from Gyanwapi ( starting destination) to Kapildhara (final destination)
This journey has to be completed in 4 or 5 days by walk.
Tourist can do this yatra in one day by car as per their choice.
1st Step : First people go to Gyanwapi and have darshan (There is a small well in the temple called the Jnana Vapi also spelled as Gyaan vapi (the wisdom well). The Jnana Vapi well sites to the north of the main temple and it is believed that the Jytorlinga was hidden in the well to protect it at the time of invasion. It is said that the main priest of the temple jumped in the well with the Shiv Ling in order to protect the Jyotirlinga from invaders.).
2nd Step : After Gyanwapi walk towards Manikarnika ghat by walk and bath.After bath they go for worship of Siddhi Vinayaka and Manikarnikeshwara after that they go towards Assi ghat by boat.Manikarnika Ghat is also famous for the temple of the Lord Shiva and Mata Durga which was built around 1850 by the Maharaja of the Awadh and It is also considered that the Charanapaduka (the footprints) of the Lord Vishnu is here in a circular marble slab, as Lord Vishnu has mediated for many years at this ghat.
3rd Step : After reaching Assi ghat they go to Kandhawa by walk 7kms journey approx.Kandhwa is famous for Kardhmeshwar Mahadev Temple & It is the only temple left in North India of Kaling Style.Kandhwa is going to be the 1st place of halting for the piligrims in dharamshalas.After then next day move on towards Bhimachandi.
Bhimachandi: This is going to be the 2nd place of halting for the piligrims.Kandhwa to Bhimchnadi is about 12kms.Bhimchandi is famous for Temple of Bhimchandi devi her murti(Idol) is worshipped in many temples in North India and is made by Black Basalt of 9th century.After Bhimchandi pilgrims will move on towards Rajatalab.
Rajatalab: Rajatalab will be the 3rd halting place in the yatra.On the way to the next destination of the yatra i.e Shivpur pilgrims will visit Rameshwar. Easily misunderstand as Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu This is a replica of the original temple in Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu. The full moon day of Karthika, large number of pilgrims flock to this temple.The Sadhus praying with their rudraksh, chanting mantras are a common scene here.And is also famous for a very big Gaushala (Cowshed).
Shivpur: The 4th place of halting in the yatra.The Panch Pandava temple and the pool are associated with the Grand Epic Mahabharata.The site is very near to the Ganges.The eldest brother of Panch Pandavas Yudhisthir established Shivlinga here and worshipped it.So this place is also known as Panch Pandava Mandir.
Kapildhara: This is going to be the 5th & last destination of Panchkroshi Yatra.In the way from Shivpur to Kapildhara pilgrims also visit Sarang Talaab(Pond).Usually the pilgrims take a lounge from Kapildhara to the Manikarnika Ghat and the journey ends at Jnanvapi temple where you have started the journey
Note:- Tourists can visit all places in one day.