One God many names! That is how we know the lovingly called Devo ke Dev Mahadev. He is Shiva, Shankara, Anant, Mahadeva. In Hindu religion he is considered one of the three main deities and is believed to be the most benevolent of all of them. His powers are limitless; he is Yogi, fearsome, and much more.
People from across the country in order to bow their heads down in front of the Lord Shiva climb high mountains and travel many miles. People have always been enthusiastic to worship the potency of Lord Shiva, no matter it is a temple having his mammoth idols or be it the Shiva lingas which have been naturally formed. The reason for the zeal is nothing but the unfathomable power of Lord Shiva. Apart from that it is the beautiful location of these temples in various parts of the country.
Let’s throw light on some of those beautiful temples of Lord Shiva across the country:
Tungnath mandir is believed to be the highest temple of lord Shiva in the world and is located in Rudraprayag, a small district of the state of Uttarakhand. It seats over 12000 feet at the base of peak called Chandrashila and is considered to be one of the Panch Kedars. It is the favourite place for most of the devotees and trekkers. The literal meaning of Tungnath is Lord of Peaks which indeed connects well with the location of the temple. The breathtaking beauty of the temple and its surrounding having snow capped peaks on all sides, cannot be explained in words. It’s the kind of a perfect break that every traveller is in search for.
It is believed to have been built by Arjuna, one of the Pach Pandvas. Whereas the temple features various alluring images of Pandvas and various idols of Hindu sages in history, people come here to worship particularly the arm of Lord Shiva.
2. Badrinath Temple
It is considered to be one of the four Dhams of the Hindu religion. The temple is located in the state of Uttarakhand in India, in the Himalaya. The name Badarinath has been derived from the name of a tree called badri-tree which is also called Jujube tree in India. After the old Badarinath temple fell few years ago, Adi Shankaracharya rebuilt it. The area surrounding the temple has been called as Badarikaashram in the Hindu scripture. Meanwhile the temple has been renovated several times because of the damages caused by avalanche. The King of Jaipur, rebuilt the temple after the massive damage caused by the great earthquake of Himalaya.
3. Amarnath Temple
This is a cave which is located in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The cave is located at about 141 km from Srinagar which is the Jammu and Kashmir at an altitude of 3, 888m.
4. Somnath Temple
The temple is located on the Western corner of the state of Gujarat near Arabian ocean. It is one of the ancient pilgrimages of the country and has its mention in ancient texts like Shivpurana and Shreemad Bhagvat.