Shivratri 2018: 30 Must-Visit Shiva Temples of India
Lord Shiva – the destroyer and the transformer – is also known by the names Mahadev and Bholenath by many of us. He forms a part of the Hindu Trinity – together with two main deities – Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma. A myriad of temples are dedicated to Him not just in India but all over the globe as well. People travel miles and ascend the highest mountains to visit these temples and seek His blessings. He is benevolent, fearless, limitless, and a yogi. Chanting the “Om Namah Shivaya” mantra helps us overcome troubles and gives us peace of mind.
India celebrates Mahashivratri or the Great Night of Shiva once every year. In this major festival dedicated to him, devotees all over the world gather to offer their prayers to the Almighty.
This blog here is penned down to tell you about the famous Shiva temples in every state of our country. Let’s have a look at some of these beautiful abodes located right from the seas to the mountains and rivers. Might be you will visit one of the listed temples next!
1. Mallikarjun Temple, Andhra Pradesh
Situated on Shri Shaila Mountain by the banks of the Patalganga in Andhra Pradesh, Mallikarjun Temple is known as Kailash of the south – and is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva. Every year, a fair is organised here during the festival of Mahashivratri. The temple has beautiful architecture and fort-like walls, towers, and a rich legacy of sculptural work.
2. Shri Siddheshwar Nath Temple, Arunachal Pradesh
This temple is located near the town of Hapoli in Ziro Valley, Arunachal Pradesh. This is the tallest lingam with a height of 25 feet and a width of 22 feet. Once you are there, you can see the constant flow of water from the base of the lingam. It is a very holy and peaceful place to worship.
3. Sivasagar Sivadol, Assam
Located on the banks of the Sivasagar Tank, Sivasagar Sivadol comprises three temples, Sivadol, Visnudol, and Devidol. It was built almost 300 years ago and is one of the largest Shiva temples in the whole world. The devotees can visit the temple complex during anytime of the day. From morning to evening, the complex is open for the darshanarthees.
4. Brahmeshwar Nath Temple, Bihar
This temple is situated in Buxar district. It is believed that Brahmeshwar Nath or God Shiva emerged from the earth as a shivling hundreds of years ago. Devotees from all over the country visit the pious temple of this Swayambhu Shiva Lingam to perform special pujas and yagnas on Shivratri.
5. Hatkeshwar Mahadev Temple, Chhattisgarh
The famous Shiva temple is located 5 kms from Raipur city in Chhattisgarh. Thousands of devotees visit this temple throughout the year to seek blessings from Lord Shiva. The exterior of the temple is exquisitely adorned with figures of nine planets, scenes from the Ramayana and Mahabharata. The Shivalingam in Hatkeshwar Mahadev Temple is believed to have self-emerged from the ground.
6. Mahadev Temple, Goa
Goa is not only known for beaches, but for beautiful temples too. Those who are religiously inclined must take out some time to visit Mahadev Temple, located at Tambdi Surla, one of the most serene places. It is considered as the oldest temple in Goa. It is said that the king cobra resides in the main hall during night hours, making it a more fascinating place for nature lovers.
7. Somnath Temple, Gujarat
One of the 12 Jyotirlingas, Somnath Temple is located in Prabhas Patan near Veraval on the western coast of Gujarat. It is the most popular visited Lord Shiva temples in India. The legends state that Somnath is as old as creation – which was built by none other than the Moon God himself. It is also one of the major destinations of Char Dham Yatra.
8. Shiv Mandir, Haryana
This popular Shiv temple is located in the heart of Rohtak. The festival of Shivratri is celebrated in a grand manner. Colourful decorations with a variety of flowers, garlands, and lights adorn the shrine to welcome visitors. Visit this Shiv temple and offer your prayers to Lord Shiva.
9. Baijnath Temple, Himachal Pradesh
Himachal Pradesh is often called the “Land of Gods”. The Baijnath Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, where He is worshipped as the “God of healing”. The temple is a beautiful example of the north Indian architecture style – Nagara. This ancient abode with interesting legends and a marvelous architecture will surely be a worthwhile visit for you.
10. Amarnath Temple, Jammu and Kashmir
Located in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, this Shiva temple is famed for the natural formation of Shivalinga from the snow. A large number of devotees throng Amarnath during June to August. It is said that Shiva narrated the story of the creation of the universe and the secret of immortality to Maa Parvati in this cave.
11. Baidyanath Temple, Jharkhand
Located at Deogarh in the Santal Parganas region of Jharkhand, it is one of the highly revered Jyotirlinga shrines. The story of Baidyanath temple is associated with the legend that when Ravana, in order to please Lord Shiva, sacrificed his ten heads, Shiva appeared here and treated the king of Lanka. Hence, it was named Baidyanath. It is also believed that one attains salvation by worshipping this Jyotirlinga.
12. Murudeshwara Temple , Karnataka
Are you excited to visit the second-largest statue of Shiva? Murudeshwara Temple is world-renowned for its 123-feet Lord Shiva statue, built on Kanduka Hill. Located between Honnavar and Bhatkal, it is surrounded on three sides by the Arabian Sea. Catch a glimpse of the world’s second-largest statue of Eshwara at Murudeshwar town in Bhatkal.
13. Vadakkunnathan Temple, Kerala
Located in Thrissur city of Kerala, the temple of Vadakkunnathan is a popular Shiva temple in south India. Lord Shiva is known here as Vadakkunnathan. His idol is worshipped by offering a huge amount of ghee. The ghee that is used for the daily abhishekam of Lord Shiva is later given to the devotees as prasadam.
14. Mahakaleshwar Temple, Madhya Pradesh
Dedicated to Lord Shiva and among one of the 12 Jyotirlingas, this temple is situated in the city of Ujjain. It is considered as one of the top 10 tantra temples in India and has the only Bhasmarti – the ash ritual. Here, the Lord in the lingam form is considered to be Swayambhu – meaning, he derives power from within himself.
15. Omkareshwar Temple, Madhya Pradesh
Omkareshwar Temple is one of the most revered Jyotirlingas and is located on an island Shivapuri, in the Narmada river in Madhya Pradesh. The word omkareshwar means “Lord of omkara” or “Lord of sound”. Thousands of devotees visit this temple and offer their prayers to Lord Shiva, as he is considered as the most divine, the greatest God.
16. Trimbakeshwar, Maharashtra
One of the 12 Jyotirlingas, this Shiva temple is situated in the pious city of Trimbak, which finds its mention in the powerful Mrityunjaya Mantra, that bestows longevity and immortality. The lingam of this Shiva temple depicts three faces, symbolising Lord Vishnu, Lord Brahma, and Lord Shiva – each of which is adorned by three distinct crowns – embedded with diamonds and luxurious gems.
17. Shiva Temple, Manipur
It is an ancient Shiva temple located in Imphal, Manipur. It’s believed that here, all the desires of devotes are fulfilled. When in Manipur, pay your offerings in this temple and seek God’s blessings.
18. Mahadev Khola Dham, Meghalaya
Meghalaya is full of amazing places to visit. One such popular attraction is the Mahadev Khola Dham near Shillong. Believed to be about 150 years old, it is in a cave – which makes it more interesting to visit. It is said that this cave leads to the sanctified Kamakhya Temple located in Guwahati and it is believed that the incarnation of Lord Shiva walked through this small cave.
19. Shiv Mandir, Mizoram
This Shiv mandir is located in Aizawl. Devotees can have an aerial view of the Aizawl town from the temple. It is located up on a hill, where devotees climb the stairs to reach the temple.
20. Shiva Temple, Nagaland
Located in the village of Singrijan, Shiva Temple is believed to be established by the villagers in 1961. According to legend, a villager went to the nearby forest and found a stone on which he sharpened his knife. And to his surprise, some liquid came out of it. Later, in his dream, he found that the stone was in fact Lord Shiva. Hence, villagers started worshipping the stone as a Shivalinga.
21. Lingraj Temple, Odisha
Located in Bhubaneswar in Odisha, it is believed to be the oldest and largest Shiva temple. While visiting this temple, you can see the touch of Kalinga-style architecture. It’s recommended to visit the temple between January and March, so that you can witness the divinity of Shivratri celebration in the temple.
22. Mukteshwar Mahadev Temple, Punjab
Located near Pathankot, Mukteshwar Temple is a popular shrine of Lord Shiva and is also known as Mukesaran Mandir. According to legend, the Pandavas stayed in those caves for a night during their exile. Situated at a hilltop, the temple has a white marble Shivling, which is surrounded by Lord Shiva, Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, Goddess Parvati, Lord Hanuman, and Lord Ganesha.
23. Parshuram Mahadev Temple, Rajasthan
This Shiva temple, located in Pali, is believed to be constructed by Lord Parashurama, who was said to be an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. There are 500 stairs to reach this ancient cave. The unique thing about this temple is that it is constructed with an axe in a cave on the foothills of the Aravallis. Indeed, it’s a must-visit temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.
24. Shiva Mandir, Sikkim
Shiva Mandir is located en-route to Geyzing and Pelling and is renowned for Kirateshwar Mahadev. The town of Legship is situated on the banks of the river Rangit and the temple is connected by a foot suspension bridge from the main road to the temple. According to popular belief, whoever worships here will earn virtues of two lives.
25. Rameshwaram Temple, Tamil Nadu
One of the Char Dhams of India, Rameshwaram Temple is located on the island of Rameshwaram – off the Sethu coast of Tamil Nadu. This Jyotirlinga is closely associated with Ramayana and Ram’s victorious return from Sri Lanka. It is said that a visit to Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh is not considered complete, in terms of pilgrimage, if not coupled with a trip to Rameshwaram.
26. Keesaragutta Temple, Telangana
Keesaragutta Temple is located in the Keesara village. It is also known as Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple – dedicated to Lord Shiva and his companions Bhavani and Siva Durga. Situated on the top of a hill in the Rangareddy district, this temple attracts a huge number of believers every day. Also acknowledged for its architectural importance, this temple is an ideal place to visit for a weekend trip from Hyderabad.
27. Aralia Shiv Mandir, Tripura
Situated in Aralia, this Shiv mandir is very popular. It is believed that Lord Shiva protects his followers and guides them on a royal road to salvation.Worshipping him would eliminate your miseries and make your path through life better.
28. Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Uttar Pradesh
It is believed that one who breathes his last in Kashi Vishwanath gets free from the cycle of rebirth. Located in Varanasi on the western bank of the holy Ganga, it is counted among the 12 Jyotirlingas. During Shivratri, the temple gets decked at its best.
29. Kedarnath Temple, Uttarakhand
One of the holiest pilgrimages in India, Kedarnath Temple is located on the Rudra Himalayan Range, at the height of 12000 feet on a mountain named Kedar. The temple, preserving the Jyotirlinga, opens only six months a year. The conical-shaped Shivalingam is a unique feature of the temple among all Shiva temples.
30. Taraknath Temple, West Bengal
Located in Kolkata, it is one of the oldest temples in the city, dating back to the 18th century. Tarkeshwar Temple has a typical Bangla architecture, with a sanctum and a veranda in its front. The idol of the Lord is installed in the middle of the sanctum. Do you know that the temple records its maximum crowd on Shivratri?
Shiva is worshipped by millions of people around the world. On the auspicious day of Mahashivratri, you can visit any of the Shiva temples listed above.
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