Top 10 Most Famous Lord Shiva Temples in India

Maha Shivratri is being celebrated today across India with religious fervor and traditional gaiety. In this article we list Ten of the must visit Lord Shiva temples


  1. 1 Kedarnath Temple, Uttarakhand

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    Kedarnath Temple in Uttarakhand is regarded as one of the most sacred temples of Lord Shiva. Settled near the banks of Mandakini River in the Garhwal Himalayan Range, this temple is built of massive stone slabs over a large rectangular platform and is accessible for six months (April-November/ Akshaya Tritiya- Kartik Poornima) due to extreme weather conditions. In order to reach Kedarnath Temple, you have to take a 14-kilometer-long trek from Gaurikund.

  2. 2 Somnath Temple, Gujarat

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    One of 12 Jyotirlingas, Somnath temple of Gujarat is one of the holiest Hindu temples located in the Prabhas Kshetra near Veraval in Saurashtra, near the sea shore. It is one of the major destination of Char Dham yatra. This historic temple is loThe architecture of Somnath temple is in the beautiful Chalukyan Style. Thus it is not only important religiously but it is also an impressively beautiful temple.

  3. 3 Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple, Andhra Pradesh

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    Another popular Shiva temple in the country is the Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple located at Srisailam in Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.  Built by King Harihara Raya of the Vijayanagara Kingdom in the 14th century, the temple is a holy pilgrimage of Hindus and is datable to more than six centuries ago.  It is believed that the carrier of Lord Shiva, Vrishbha performed penance here and Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati appeared before him. It is one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalams.

  4. 4 Ramanathaswamy Temple, Tamil Nadu

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    Ramanathaswamy Temple on Rameswaram island is one of the twelve Jyothirlinga temples of Lord Shiva and part of the most important Hindu pilgrimage circuit,
    Char Dham. The temple has the longest corridor among all Hindu temples in India. As per beliefs Lord Rama prayed to Lord Shiva here in order to absolve his sin of
    killing a brahmana whilst on his war with demon king, Ravana.

  5. 5 Mahakaleshwar Temple, Ujjain

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    The Mahakaleshwar or Mahakaal Temple is one of the most famous Shiva temples in India and is one of the twelve Jyotirlingams. It is located besides the Rudra Sagar lake in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, India.  One of best attractions of the temple is the early morning Bhasma Arti which is considered to be very auspicious to attend. The lingam established there is said to be svayambhu- that is it has originated by itself.

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