The Most Mystical Temples Of Lord Shiva – Significance of Mahashivaratri
Maha Shivaratri or the ‘Great Night of Lord Shiva’ is one of the most significant festivals for Hindus across the world. The fourteenth day of every lunar month or the day before the new moon is known as Shivaratri.
Among all the twelve Shivaratris that occur in a calendar year, Mahashivratri, the one that occurs in February-March is of the most spiritual significance.
Mahashiavratri is very significant for people who are on the spiritual path. for the ascetics, it is the day he became one with Mount Kailash. He became like a mountain – absolutely still. In the yogic tradition, Shiva is not worshipped as a God, but considered as the Adi Guru, the first Guru from whom the science of Yoga originated.
Here’s the facts and some lesser known things about Shiva temples in India
The Most Mystical Temples Of Lord Shiva
The Tungnath Mandir in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand is considered the highest Shiva temple in the world and the most scared. Tunganath (literal meaning: Lord of the peaks) mountains form the Mandakini and Alaknanda river valleys. It is located at an altitude of 3,680 m (12,073 ft), and just below the peak of Chandrashila. The temple is believed to be more than 1000 years old and is the third (Tritiya Kedar) in the of the Panch Kedars.
Which is the biggest statue of Shiva and where?
Yes you guessed it right – Coimbatore
The Adiyogi statue is a 34-metre-tall (112 ft), 45-metre-long (147 ft) and 25-metre-wide (82 ft) steel statue of the Hindu deity Shiva with Thirunamam at Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. It is recognized by the Guinness World Records as the “Largest Bust Sculpture” in the world.
What’s beautiful about and mystical about this is that it is the land of Isha foundation.
The oldest Hindu temple known is Mundeshwari Temple – It is an ancient temple dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva and Shakti and is considered one of the oldest Hindu temples in India. It is also considered as the oldest functional Hindu temple of India. It is in Kaimur district of Bihar.
It has been an official subject of archaeological study for some time now, dating certain inscriptions to 635 CE. The main deities in the temple are Devi Mundeshwari and the four-faced Shiva lingam.
There are some 108 Shiva temples in India Spread all across the Indian states
Signing off with this quote from Sadhguru Ji
“The spine of knowledge that the Adiyogi created is the source of almost everything you can call spiritual on the planet.” – Sadhguru
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