If you are a true Shiva devotee, then you should visit these temples once in your lifetime. Here is a list of the Most Famous & Powerful Lord Shiva Temples Across India.
1.Kashi Vishwanath Shiva Temple
Varanasi has a temple dedicated to Bhagwan Shiva called Baba Kashi Vishwanath Temple. It houses one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Shiva. According to legend, the Kashi Vishwanath temple has been rebuilt many times. At the moment, it consists of an 18th-century structure.
It consists of a series of smaller shrines arranged in a lane called Baba Vishwanatha Galli, close to the Ganges River.
Every devotee can directly offer their offerings to the deity, as the temple boasts a beautifully carved golden spire. Sivalinga is always immersed in a pool of milk and water offered by devotees and is placed in a square pit about 2 feet deep. Just outside the main shrine are 2 sub-shrines, one for Siva, and the other for Goddess Annapoorna, the Guru of Kasi Viswanath.
2. Shree Somnath ShivaTemple
In Saurashtra in the state of Gujarat, Somnath Temple is located near Prabhas Kshetra near the Arabian Sea. There are 12 ‘Jyotirlinga’ in this temple. Built-in the Chalukya architectural style, the seven-story Somnath temple is 155 feet tall. Masons from the Sompuras region of Gujarat built the temple.
There are no views of the temple from the seashore of Somnath to Antarctica. A Sanskrit inscription appeared on an arrow-pilar on the sea-protection wall at the temple. Since Somnath temple has a long and distinguished history, it attracts thousands of pilgrims and visitors from around the world. Winters are the best time to visit, but tourists can also visit the site all year round.
3. Kedarnath ShivaTemple, Uttarakhand
According to Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva established Kedarnath as his dwelling after a persistent request from Nar – Narayan, a 5th Vishnu Avatar. Vyas advised the Pandava brothers that after the great war of Mahabharat was over, they should go to Lord Shiva and ask for forgiveness for having killed their kin the Kauravas. According to the myth, Lord Shiva was not in the mood to forgive them and changed himself into a bull. He also concealed it by burying his face in the earth. Bhim, the strongest of the Pandava brothers, promptly seized the bull’s tail and began tugging him, forcing him to come in front of them. As a result of this, Lord Shiva’s bull form was separated and manifested at the Panch Kedar locations. The Skanda Purana, a sacred Hindu scripture that records the birth of the holy river Ganga, makes the first reference to Kedarnath.
Another intriguing tradition relates to Nar and Narayan, two of Lord Vishnu’s most recognized avatars. It is believed that Nar and Narayan did some penance here at Bharat Khand using an earthen shiv lingam. Lord Shiva was so impressed with their penance that he appeared before them and requested a blessing. They invited him to reside permanently in the shape of a jyotirlinga at Kedarnath. Hearing this, the Lord decided to grant their aspirations and ensconced himself in a jyotirlinga above which the Kedarnath main Dham temple was built.
4. Ellora’s Kailashnath Shiva Temple
The Kanchi Kailasanathar temple is the oldest and most beautiful handcrafted edifice in Kanchi Puram, Tamil Nadu, India. It is an ancient Hindu temple in the Dravidian style. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is known for its historical significance. A Rajasimha prince of the Pallava people designed the temple from 685-to 705 AD. The low-slung sandstone compound features a large number of sculptures, as well as various half-animal deities that were popular during the first Dravidian architectural period. The edifice has fifty-eight little temples devoted to various forms of Shiva.
5. Brihadeeswara Shiva Temple, Thanjavur
Brihadeeswara Shiva Temple in Thanjavur is one of the oldest Lord Shiva Temples. It is located in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India. Brihadeeswara Temple is sometimes referred to as “Raj-Rajeshwara” and “Raje-Rajeshwaram.” This temple was built about 1100 years ago by King of Chola Panth Shree Arumoshivarm, and certain improvements, such as the exterior wall, were made in 1406.
The most intriguing aspect of this temple is its shadow, which, astonishingly, never descends on the ground during midday. The Brihadeshwar Temple is one of the world’s tallest and most famous temples, and it is so built that the viman does not throw a shadow at midday any time of year.
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