India is the land of Gods & Goddesses. Lord Shiva is worshiped as Mahadeva. He is also considered as the most important and supreme power as per the Hindu religious beliefs. In fact, Shiva is the most revered god of the Hindus all around the globe. Lord Shiva is the main Hindu god worshiped by Shaivites.
Lord Shiva has many different avatars such as Nataraaj, Nandi, Veerbhadra, Ashwatthama, Durvasa, Yathinath, Grihapati, Bhikshuvarya, and so on.
Since Lord Shiva occupies a special place in the hearts and minds of millions of Indians, we have a number of temples of Lord Shiva all around India. In this blog, we are going to discuss 10 most famous Shiva Temples in India.
1. Kedarnath Temple, Uttarakhand
This place does not need any kind of introduction. The temple of Kedarnath is located at Garhwal Himalayan Range in Uttarakhand besides the Mandakini River. It is considered as one of the most esteemed Shiva temples across India. This Shiva temple is the most visited among the four destinations or Chardhams of Uttarakhand which are Yamunotri, Gangotri, and Badrinath.
Address: Kedarnath, Uttarakhand 246445
Timings: Morning Darshan: 4 am to 3 pm, Evening Darshan: 5 pm to 9 pm
2. Somnath Temple, Gujrat
Somnath actually means ‘The protector of the moon god.” It is said that the moon god had originally built this temple in gold to worship Lord Shiva. After it was destroyed, it was built again in silver and the reconstruction continued. This famous temple is one of the twelve Jyotirlinga temples which are dedicated to Lord Shiva. One of the prime reasons behind the popularity of the Somnath Temple is that this temple experienced a number of historically significant events in the past. The Somnath temple is indeed popular due to its rich heritage and the unique history and in its manifestations of how to sustain.
Address: Somnath, Veraval, Gujarat 362255
Timings: 6 AM – 9:30 PM. Light and Sound show, 8 – 9.
3. Kashi Vishwanath Shiv Mandir, Varanasi
Kashi Vishwanath temple is located at the banks of Ganges (the river Ganga). It is considered as the ultimate shelter for all devotees. According to legends, one who takes his last breath in Kashi is released from the cycle of birth and rebirth. It is believed that Lord Shiva himself chants the mantra of moksha in the ears of his devotees who is taking his last breath in this holy place.
Address: Lahori Tola, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001
Timings: Darshan timings are 4 AM – 11:15 AM, 12:20 PM – 7:15 PM and 8:30 PM – 9 PM.
4. Ramanathaswamy Temple of Lord Shiva, Tamilnadu
Lord Ramanathaswamy is the Jyotirlingam located in the southernmost part of India. This holy site is believed to be closely related to Rama’s victory in Ramayana. Lord Ramanathaswamy is of significant importance to the Shiavaities mainly because of its location. It is said to be built on the same spot where Lord Rama worshiped Lord Shiva for his win against Ravana. It also has a huge historical significance and is admired for its Dravidian architecture.
Address: Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu 623526
Timings: Morning: 5 am to 1 pm, Evening: 3 pm to 9 pm
5. Amarnath, Jammu & Kashmir
The cave is located at a height of 3888 meters, about 141 kilometers from Srinagar, the capital of Kashmir. The main attraction of this place is the ‘swayambhu shivling’ of ice. People believe it to be the home of Lord Shiva on earth. According to the legend, Shiva entered the cave with Parvati to share the secret of creation and immortality. The beautiful setting of the snowy mountains shall leave you with a profound touch of serenity and divine bliss; however, beware that trekking here is not exactly hassle-free and one should come well stocked and with full preparation for the extreme weather conditions there and the extreme topographic conditions.
Address: Baltal Amarnath Trek, Forest Block, Anantnag, Pahalgam, Jammu and Kashmir 192230
Timings: 9 Am – 5 PM
6. Vaidyanath Temple, Deoghar
The name of this temple is very comforting as ‘Viday’ means ‘doctor’ and ‘nath’ means ‘Lord’. The combined meaning of the word ‘Vidyanath’ is ‘The Lord who plays the role of a doctor.’ The story goes that Ravan at this very site prayed to Lord Shiva and got blessings from him that he later used to destroy the world. He had offered his ten heads to Shiva, one after another as a sacrifice and Lord Shiva himself came down to earth to stop him. Since he acted like a doctor in this case, this holy place has derived its name and significance from this episode and has become immortal since.
Address: Pera Gali, Shivganga Muhalla, Deoghar, Jharkhand 814112
Timings: 4 am to 3:30pm, 6:00pm to 9 pm
7. Lingaraj Temple, Odisha
One of the oldest temples of Bhubaneswar city, its main deity is the Tribhuvaneswar (Lord of Three Worlds). It is a highly popular pilgrimage site and a tourist destination as well. Representing the specimen of Kalinga Architectural Style, the Lingaraj Temple is dedicated to Lord Harihara, an incarnation of Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva is worshiped here as Tribhuvaneshwara and Goddess Parvati is worshiped as Bhubaneshwari.
Address: Rath Rd, Lingaraj Nagar, Old Town, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751002
Timings: 5 AM – 9 PM
8. Kailashnath Temple: Maharashtra
Ajanta & Ellora is a well-known place in India and Kailashnath temple in Ellora Caves attracts tourists, religious devotees, and historians, all alike. This is because of its special architectural features, majestic size, and sculpture. It was built around the 8th century and is one of the biggest rock-cut Hindu temples of ancient India.
Address: Ellora, Maharashtra 431102
Timings: 9 AM – 5 PM. Closed on Tuesdays
9. Srikalahasti Temple: Andhra Pradesh
The temple is situated in the setting of a picturesque and stunning surrounding. The Shiva Lingam here is surrounded by the beautiful Dakshina Kailasa Mountain at the back and in the front is the Swarnamukhi river adding to its magic. This place is said to have millions of devotees like the saints, sinners, and sages, who come here to worship and attain salvation today and in the past. It is one of the most revered Shiva sites due to the legendary tale that links Mahadev to this historic site.
Address: Srikalahasti, Rajampet, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh 517644
Timings: 6 AM – 9 PM
10. Bhojeshwar Shiva Temple: Madhya Pradesh
This temple has 7.5 feet high Shivling. The temple’s construction is believed to have started in the 11th century, however, the temple even now remains incomplete in its structure. In fact, what’s more intriguing, is that the architectural plans for its construction have been found engraved on the surrounding rocks. The construction materials left at the site had also been reclaimed.
Address: Raysen Bhojpur, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh 464993
Timings: 6 AM – 8 PM
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