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The Most Well-Known Shiva Temples in India

The only one whose name is mediated and worshipped by everyone in each corner of India. Whose believers are all over India and even all over the world. The only one who is worshipped in different forms in every state is Lord Shiva, who is known for making the universe and protecting it. The lord Shiva is also considered the trinity who is responsible for humans’ birth, death, and sustenance processes. Because Shiva is worshipped in every corner of India, there are several Shiva temples in India, and people travel from state to state to find peace in Shiva temples to worship him and demonstrate their faith in Lord Shiva.

So today we came up with a list of the famous Shiva temples in India that you need to visit because every Shiva temple has its own specialty and belief. Believers’ dream is to visit these temples once in their life.

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1.  Tungnath, Rudraprayag, Uttarakhand

Tungnath Rudraprayag is one of the highest Shiva temples in the world. Tungnaath Temple in Uttarakhand is located at the end of the Chandrashila Trek, which offers a view of pretty snow-capped mountains, a slow cold mouth-splashing breeze, and a very delightfully peaceful and breathtaking view. The Tungnath Rudraprayag temple is known for the story of the Pandavas, the heroes of the Mahabharata.

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2.  Amarnath Temple, Kashmir

Amarnath Temple is also one of the very famous Shiva temples of India. Amarnaath is located at a height of 3888m in a giant cave in Kashmir. Tourists, believers, and Shiva devotees dream of visiting it but it is not that easy to visit because it needs a lot of strength to walk the way to the temple because of the uneven terrain of Kashmir. This temple is famous because it witnesses the creation of the beautiful Lord Shiva lingam which forms only once a year.

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3.  Kedarnath Temple, Uttarakhand

The Mandakini River is located near the Garhwal Himalayan Ranges at an elevation of 3583m. Kedarnath Temple is counted under the Char Dham Yatra and also comes among the most popular Shiva temples. It’s not easy to reach the Kedarnath temple as the track is not that easy because it is situated at a very high elevation. The path to the temple remains open only from April to November and is closed during the winter.

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4.  Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Uttar Pradesh

The Kashi Vishwanath Temple is located in Vishwanath Gali in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.

The temple is located on the bank of the Indian holy river Ganga. Also, the temple is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas, the holiest Shiva temples of  India. The god of the universe is Shir Vishwanath, also known as Vishweshwar. Varanasi used to be known as Kashi in ancient times. That’s why the name of the temple was called Kashi Vishwanath Temple.

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5.  Kailasnath, Maharashtra

Kailasnath is one of the fully rock-cut Shiva temples in India, situated at Ellora Caves, Aurangabad district, Maharashtra, India. Because of its size and display of ancient Indian architecture, Kailasnath is one of the most remarkable Shiva temples in the world.

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6.  Somnath Temple, Gujarat

Gujarat’s Somnath temple is located in Prabhas Patan on the western coast of Gujarat. Somnath temple is also among the 12 jyotirlingas (temples) of Lord Shiva. The Somanath temple is the Shiva temple of the Chalukya times. The temple is built in the style of Chalukya, which is indicated by its arrow pillars, widely known as Baan Stambh.

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7.  Brihadeeswara Temple, Tamil Nadu

Brihadesswara Temple is not only a Hindu temple; it was also added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the early days. It’s also a sign of the Dravidian architecture, which was famous during the time of the Raja Raj Chola and the whole temple was built under his command only. The temple also has the world’s largest tower, Vimanam. The temple contains Dakshimurthy, Chandra, and Surya and also a statue of Ashta Dikapalas, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

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8.  Murudeshwar, Karnataka

Murudeshwar has India’s second-largest statue of Lord Shiva in the whole world.

The temple is situated in the hills of Kanduka, surrounded by the Arabian sea on all three sides. The shrine of Murudeshwar is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The main entrance of the temple is 123 feet high and is known as the gopura, which gives a very eye-soothing and breathtaking view of Lord Shiva’s statue.

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9.  Tarakeshwar Temple, West Bengal

Tarakeswar temple is located at the top of a 2092-meter hill. The Tarakeswar Temple is known as one of the ancient holy temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. This temple draws a large crowd during the festivals associated with the lord Shiva as it is the oldest temple.

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10.  Mahakaleshwar, Madhya Pradesh

Mahakaleshwar, located in Madhya Pradesh’s Ujjain, adds spirituality to the city, which is one of the most visited by devotees. The mahakalshwar temple is dedicated to the swayambhu lingam, also known as the dakshinamurti. The bhasma arti of the Mahakaleshwar temple is the biggest attraction to the devotees. This temple is also one of the 12 Jyotirlinga temples of Lord Shiva.

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These are the famous Shiva temples in India. Do let us know which Shiva temples are on your bucket list to visit next.

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