India is vast in tradition for various cultures and pilgrimages in this whole world. Hindu spiritual philosophy lies the trinity, and Lord Shiva is one among that. He is one of the supreme beings who creates, protects and transforms the universe and is worshipped by the people with utmost faith.
Lord Shiva has a unique personality of a Yogi, unlike other gods who live in some proper adobe and wear proper clothes. Here are a few top destinations with famous temples and as for adobe of the deity.
When Lord Shiva released goddess Ganga from the locks of his hair from Gomukh, the first plain she entered was the Haridwar. It is one of the important religious destinations for Hindu Pilgrims.
Kedarnath is one among the Chardham (respected pilgrimage) which has an important significance in Hinduism. Once a holy Jyotirlinga appeared from the rear parts of a bull to the Pandavas, which showed as Lord Shiva. Since then, it is believed that the back part of Shiva lies there in Kedarnath.
The temple is situated at around 3,584 meters above the sea level and remains covered with snow throughout the year.
Kashi Vishwanath, also known as Varanasi is a holy city in the state – Uttar Pradesh of North India. It is situated at the banks of river Ganga. It is the one most sacred places among religious destinations for Hindus. It is believed that whoever takes his or her last breathe there gets liberated from the cycle of rebirth.
Somnath temple is situated in the Gir Somnath district of Gujarat. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is the first among the twelve Jyotirlingas of India. People maintain a close relationship with Somnath as Lord Shiva released Chandra (the Moon God) here from the curse of losing the power of his light, given by his father-in-law ‘Prajapati Daksh’.
Amarnath Cave temple is considered as one of the most sacred places by Hindus. Every year thousands of pilgrims visit in the summer there (as it opens at that time only), to see the snowy Shiva-ling which gets built itself in the cave.
Also, there lives a couple of white pigeons which are rear to be seen by anyone. There is a mythological believe that the couple is boon by Lord Shiva to be immortal.
Gangotri is one among the Char Dham Yatra which is a pilgrimage tour and is most important in Hinduism. It is situated in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand.
On immense meditation, prayer and request of Bhagirath, Lord Shiva released river Ganga into three streams, out of which one came to be known as Bhagirathi River, which descended from the Gangotri Dham. The sacred place is located at a height of approximately 3,100 meters.
Gaumukh is the adobe of Goddess Ganga and also is the second-largest glacier of India. It is the birthplace of the holy river Ganga, set around a distance of 19kms from Gangotri glacier.
Situated on the side of Rudra Sagar Lake in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh. In this temple, the deity, Lord Shiva is established in the form of Mahakal – the destroyer of evils. It is the one among the 51 Shakti Peethas and is said that the upper lip of Devi Sati fell here and the Shakti is called Mahakali.
The most alluring time to visit the temple is in the morning when Bhasma Aarti happens. Attending this Morning Prayer makes the way positive and is auspicious too for the believers.
Mount Kailash is the actual adobe of Lord Shiva where the deity stays with his family. It is about 6,638 meters high peak in the Kailash range of the Himalayas in the Tibet Autonomous Region of China.
There is a lake in between the peaks of Mount named as Mansarovar Lake, and so the place is also popular as Kailash Mansarovar.
The range remained covered with snow throughout the year. The place is open to visitors of age 18 – 70 till Mansarovar, and that so is too by two ways only. If wanna pre-booking then, needs to go through the Ministry of External Affairs, or through a private tour operator of Tibet/ Nepal.