Famous Shiva temples in India you must visit
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In the Hindu religion, Shiva is revered by devotees all over the country as the supreme power and a prominent deity. Among Lord Shiva's 1008 names, devotees address him by the names Mahadev, Maheshwara, and Gangadhara when they pray to him. From Kashmir to Kanyakumari, India has a number of Shiva temples that have been built and are dedicated to the Lord. Pilgrims from all over the country and the world visit these temples. On Maha Shivratri, milk, fruits, and bael leaves are presented to Shiva statues and Lingas in all of India's Shiva temples, and they are adorned with flowers of a variety of colors.
I have comed up with extensive list of Shiva temples in India so that you can plan your trips for Maha Shivratri 2023 or have a spiritual outing.
Kedarnath : Kedarnath is famous for being the home of one of the 12 Jyotirlingas and for having a very famous Shiva temple in India. Pilgrims embark on their Uttarakhand-based Chota Char Dham or Char Dham Yatra, which includes stops at Badrinath, Gangothri, and Yamunothri in addition to this ecstatic temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is too high up to be reached by proper roads, so pilgrims must hike 22 kilometers from Gaurikund uphill to get there.
Kashi Vishwanath: It is a common belief that when you die in Kashi, you are freed from all future reincarnations and that your soul can reach Moksha because Lord Vishwanath is the sanctuary for all ardent Shiva devotees. In India, the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, which is in the holy city of Varanasi, is a popular Shiva temple that is frequented by pilgrims from all over the country. You can visit this temple during Maha Shivratri 2020, when it will be lavishly decorated and this significant Shaivaite festival will be celebrated.
Kailasnath Temple : One of India's finest Shiva temples, the Kailasnath Temple in Ellora is a great place to visit near Aurangabad. The temple is a stunning representation of Rashtrakuta architecture, which belonged to the Rashtrakuta Dynasty, which ruled India from the sixth to the tenth centuries AD. In addition, this temple is one of the 34 temples in Ellora.
Murudeshwara Temple : The second-tallest statue of Lord Shiva can be found in Murudeshwara, which is in North Karnataka. It stands majestically with the Arabian Sea splashing behind it. You will undoubtedly fall in love with the location due to the charming landscape and the impressive deity statue. In the vicinity of the Lord Shiva statue is also built a 20-story temple.
Kotilingeshwara Temple : The Kotilingeshwara Temple is a well-known Shiva temple in India that lives up to its name. It is home to almost one crore Shiva ligus, making it one of the largest in the country. This magnificent temple is well-known among locals and visitors alike and can be found in the Kolar district of Karnataka.
Lingaraj Shiva Temple : Lingaraj Shiva Temple in Odisha is a must-see for all Shiv Bhakts because it is an incredible example of Kalinga architecture. Another Jyotirlinga shrine, also known as the most sacred among all Shiva temples in India, the Mahakaleshwar Temple is located in Ujjain, on the banks of the scintillating Shipra river. It is believed to have been constructed by the Somavamsi Dynasty in the Deula style and is the largest temple in Bhubaneshwar. It features a vimana (structure for the sanctum), jagamohana ( It is believed that the lingam in this temple was built by itself, or a Swayambhu, and that no one installed it by reciting mantras. The only one in Mahakal is the south-facing Linga, a unique feature of this temple
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