Being a Lord Shiva devotee we know that you all are eagerly waiting for Mahashivratri, which is less than two weeks away now. This auspicious festival, this year, will be celebrated on February 18th, on Saturday. This day has great significance for all lord shiva’s followers. Temples will be amazingly decorated with fresh flowers, beautiful lighting and other magnificent festivities, across India. You will see massive rath yatras, feel the mind relaxing aartis and other celebration rituals in every city of India. So, how can you celebrate this auspicious occasion to please Mahadev? Well, the very first thing you can do is to visit any one of the famous lord shiva temples this year.
5 Lord Shiva Temples With Great Significance in India to Visit This year on Mahashivratri:
Believed to be one of the first 12 Aadi Jyotirlingas in India, Somnath Temple is a major tourist attraction for all the devotees of Lord Shiva. Because of its importance and wealth, this temple was looted, destroyed and reconstructed many times. It is located in Gujarat, in Prabhas Patan, near Veraval of Saurashtra region.
Lingaraj Temple is 54m tall and located in Bhubaneshwar, the capital city of Odisha. This large complex was built in the 11 century CE with the Kalinga architecture style and has at least 150 small or big temples built within the premises. In this temple, Shivaratri and Rukuna Rath Yatra, are two major religious events celebrated every year.
Kedarnath Temple, one of the most famous tourist attractions, is surrounded by snow-clad mountain peaks. Built-in the 8th century CE, grey stone slabs were used to construct this temple.
Symbolising Shaivism and Vaishnavism, Ramanathaswamy Temple is located in Tamil Nadu. As per the legend of Ramanaya, Lord Rama worshipped Lord Shiva before going for a sojourn to Lanka.
Trimbakeshwar Temple is located 28 km away from Nashik city of Maharashtra. This temple is considered one of the 12 jyotirlingas. This temple was built by the third Peshwa Balaji Bajirao in the 18th century, and it is a rebuilt form of an old temple.