Call him Shiva, Mahadeva, Shankara or Anant, Shivji has many names and forms. He is philanthropic, powerful, unfathomable, yogi and much more. According to the Hindu religion, Shiva is considered to be one of the three main creators.
To seek his mighty blessings, people travel thousands of miles and ape up highest mountains to reach Shiva’s shrines. Worshippers travel from all over the world to experience the beauty of naturally formed Shiva lingas or temples with his magnificent idols. These temples are located in most gorgeous parts of India covering seas to the rivers to the mountains. Read on to know about the best Shiva temples across India.
Somnath Temple, Gujarat
Somnath Temple has been ravaged and built several times, yet the belief of sojourners on this holy place abounds untouched. The temple is among the twelve jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva and precedes to a time earlier than 649 CE. The present structure of this temple was constructed in 1947 with the Chalukya style of architecture.
Considered as the highest Shiva Temple in the world, the TungnathMandir is located at the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand. A popular destination among trekkers and worshippers, this temple is one of the PanchKedars and is situated at an altitude of 12,000 feet at the base of Chandrashila peak. In literal terms, Tungnath means, “Lord of Peaks” and the place stands true to its name. You can experience an awe-inspiring view of snow capped mountain peaks surrounding the temple on all sides. If you love travelling by road, then book cheap flights to Delhiand take a road trip down to this temple.
Mahakaleshwar Temple, Ujjain
Mahakaleshwar Temple is also among the twelve jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva and holds a very significant place in the heart of worshippers. Shiva is worshipped in the form of Shivalinga and is believed to have emerged on its own. The older temple was destroyed by Sultan Shas-ud-din Iltutmish and the present structure was built in 1736 AD.
Bhimashankar Temple, Maharashtra
A jyotirlinga temple of Lord Shiva, Bhimashankar Temple is the source of Bhima River. Built in Nagara style of architecture, this temple dates back to the 13th century. The temple portrays ancient Vishwakarma sculptors exhibiting excellence and dedication. You can also visit the shrine of Kamalaja which is an incarnation of Goddess Parvati situated in the Sahyadri Mountain range nearby to this temple. This shrine presents a scintillating view of the flawless nature. If you are planning a stay in Mumbai, choose from the various Mumbai hotels as per your budget.
Kotilingeshwara Temple, Karnataka
Kotilingeshwara Temple exhibits a 108 feet tall Shiva Linga and a beautiful 35 feet tall statue of Nandi Bull. A visit to this temple will endow you with an experience which is serene and exquisite. There are one crore Shiva Lingas, along with various temples devoted to Lord Vishnu, Lord Maheshwara and Lord Brahma within the complex. You will also find two trees, namely cannon ball flower tree and nagalinga flower tree in the premises which are considered to be of utmost importance. Rituals narrate that unmarried girls tie divine yellow thread to these trees wishing for a happy married life in the future.
So, if you are a devotee of Shiva or just wish to explore the beauty of these temples, then plan a trip to any of the above mentioned places and experience something beautiful and magnificent.