Mahashivratri is a big day for those who worship Shiva. On this day, millions of worshippers from across the nation will make their way to Shiva temples to take his blessings. On the occasion of Mahashivratri, several temples host huge festivities and celebrations.
On Mahashivratri, some people find it fascinating to visit Lord Shiva's old temples and well-known shrines. Read on to learn more about the history and significance of these temples in India. Get ready for the celebration by visiting one of these holiest temples dedicated to Shiva in India.
Visit these temples during festival
Kedarnath Temple (Uttarakhand)
Located in the Garhwal Himalayas, the Kedarnath Temple is dedicated to Shiva and is located close to the Mandakini River. The Kedarnath Temple of Shiva is part of the highly revered Hindu pilgrimage circuit known as Char Dham. This isn't the only reason the temple is significant; it's also one of the Lord's twelve jyotirlingas.
Amarnath Temple (Kashmir)
Located in Kashmir at an elevation of 3,888 meters lies the cave shrine of Amarnath. Due to the elevation, the temple is surrounded by snow for a considerable portion of the year. Lord Shiva devotees flock to Amarnath for worship.
Mahakaleshwar Temple (Ujjain)
One of Lord Shiva's twelve jyotirlingas, the Mahakaleshwar Temple is revered throughout India. The Shivalinga is a swayambu (divinely created) form of the Lord that is revered in Hinduism (emerged on its own). In addition, Sri Mahakaleshwar is one of the 18 Maha Shaktpeethas, or places where pieces of Sati Devi's body fell.
Kashi Vishwanath Temple (Varanasi)
Kashi Vishwanath may be found in Varanasi, one of the world's oldest and holiest cities. Vishwanatha often spelled Vishweshwara, is the supreme god worshipped at this jyotirlinga temple. The Somnath Temple has been reconstructed numerous times, and so has this one.
Neelkanth Temple (Rishikesh)
The Neelkanth Mahadev Temple in the Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand is one of the best attractions in the area around Rishikesh. The temple is located around 32 kilometers from the city limits and 1,330 meters above sea level. This Shiva temple is especially well-known among those who worship the god. A small valley nestled between the more visually arresting valleys of Brahmakot and Vishnukot.