The significance of Lord Shiva, who is also known as the God of gods, can be seen all around the world. Lord Shiva is also considered as an important basic part of the universe. The devotion of Lord Shiva’s devotees is increasing day by day all around the world as we are connecting to our root religion i.e. Sanatan Dharma. There are many temples in the world of Lord Shiva, but being a prominent place of Hindus, their devotion is vastly seen in India.
Lord Shiva is called the creator of Hinduism. They are also famous by the names Bholenath, Neelkanth, Adinath, Sankar, and etc. It is believed that Lord Shiva resides on Mount Kailash, the most sacred place in the world. Therefore, a large number of priests and devotees gather at Kailash mountain every year, which increases the sanctity and importance of this place even more.
Four rivers name Brahmaputra, Sutlej, Indus, Karnali originated from the four directions of this mountain. Many rivers including Ganga and Saraswati also originate from these rivers.
There are many temples of Bholenath means Bhole Bhandari in all over India, some of them are not popular and some are the major shrine of Lord Shiva, which is deeply connected to our Ancient texts. According to the history of India, there are many Indian kings names, who had dedicated themselves to Lord Shiva and built their temples in his devotion, which are still present.
It is said that many of these temples were broken many times by Muslim invaders like the Somnath Temple of Gujarat destroyed by Muhammad of Ghazni 17 times in revenge for the existence of real Gods. However, all the temples were rebuilt by the Indian kings again and again in their devotion to Dharma.
Lord Shiva also an emblem of power, strength, Yoga, and meditation, although he is also famous for his anger form.
Here we will discuss the 10 largest temples of Lord Shiva of India.
■ Shri Amarnath Cave Temple:
Amarnath cave is a Mahadeva and Hindu shrine, which is located in the Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir and these caves are covered with snow for the whole year. And only once a year, this cave opens for devotees.
Due to the freezing of water droplets in this cave, a stone structure reforms, which people worship as Shivling.
■ Kedarnath Temple:
These temples are located near the Mandakini river in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand state on the Garhwal Himalayan range. This temple is opened between April and November. Kedarnath temple is built in the Kanuri architectural style by using Plateau. There is a Shivling named Swayambhu Shivling, which is very ancient.
■ Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga or Temple:
Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga, one of the most sacred places of Hindus, which are also said to be the most sacred abodes of Lord Shiva. This temple is located in the city of Ujjain in the state of Hampi near the side of the holy river Shipra.
Due to being south facing, the importance of this temple increases. It is believed that salvation is attained only by its worshipping.
■ Baba Baidyanath Shiva Temple:
This temple is also popular as the Vaidyanatha Jyotirlinga temple and Baba Baidyanath Dham. It is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas and one of the most sacred habitations of Lord Shiva or Shankar This temple is located in a place called Deoghar, very popular in the state of Jharkhand.
This temple is also on the list of Shaktipeethas of Hindus shrine. It is believed that all the wishes of the people who come here are fulfilled. According to history, Rani Ahilyabhai renovated the Baba Baidyanath Temple in the 1700s.
■ Nageshwar Jyotirling:
Nageshwar temple is located in Dwarpuri, Gujarat. This temple description found in the Shiva Purana. It is said that the Nageshwar Nath temple was built by Kush, the son of Lord Rama.
The body found in this temple is called Lord Nageshwar Mahadev. It is believed that people, who worship Nageshwar Dev, get rid of the poison.
■ Daksheshwar Mahadev Temple:
Dakshewar temple is located in the Kankhal district of Uttarakhand state. This temple is built in the name of Sati’s father King Daksha Prajapati. There is also a Daksha Ghat on the side of this temple, where Shiva devotees take pleasure in bathing in the Ganges and see Lord Shiva.
■ The Kanchi Kailasanathar temple:
Kanchi Kailasanathar temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is built in the Dravidian architectural style in the Kanchipuram district of Tamil Nadu state of India. The best part of this temple that there is a total of 58 temples inside the structure of this temple, which are dedicated to various forms of Lord Shiva.
The temple was built by a Rajasimha ruler of the Pallava Dynasty in 685-705 AD.
■ The Kandariya Mahadeva Temple:
Famous for the grandeur and beauty of its architectural art, the Kandariya Mahadeva temple is located in Khajuraho village in the state of Madhya Pradesh. A Shivlingham is situated in the sanctum sanctorum of this temple.
The special thing about this temple is that in this temple beautiful pictures of various postures that show the beauty of women.
■ Lingaraja Shiva Temple:
Lingaraja Shiva Temple is one of the Lord Shiva temples, located in Bhubaneswar, the capital of Odisha state of India. This is the major tourist attraction of the Odisha state. In this temple 8 feet thick and 1-foot high granite marble is self-contained.
According to the Hindu ritual of worship here, the first point is bathed in the lake, and then the darshan of Kshetrapati Anant Vasudev is done.
■ Shri Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga or Temple:
Shri Omkareshwar temple is situated on the Mandhata or Shivapuri beach between the Narmada river in the Khandwa district of Madhya Pradesh state. The shape of the island is said to be like the Devanagri Symbol.
It is believed that this temple was built automatically from the Narmada River. According to Hindu beliefs, in this Mandir, Shiva devotee Kubera had done austerities and established the Shiva Linga.