When it comes to festivals, Maha Shivaratri has a special place in the hearts of Jaipurites. In fact, Lord Shiva was believed to be the ‘shahar kotwal
’ when the city was founded. Many of us show our love for Lord Shiva by fasting and visiting temples on this day. And given the fact that our city is known as ‘Chhoti Kashi’, you will be spoilt for choices when it comes to the number of temples of the deity in the city. Some of these temples are believed to be centuries old and very famous among millions of people not just from Jaipur, but all over the country.
Here are four Shiva temples in and around Jaipur that you should absolutely visit if you are a Shiva devotee:
Eklingeshwar Temple at Mooti Dungari
The gates of this temple on Mooti Dungari hills are thrown open for devotees only on Maha Shivaratri. It is believed that Lord Shiva performs Sadhna here alone, without his family being in the presence. Mooti Dungari fort was once known as Shankargarh because a saint by the same name had performed Samadhi
Tadkeshwar Nath Temple at Choda Rasta
Eklingeshwar Temple, at Mooti Dungari in Jaipur.
This temple is at least 300 years old. It is believed that the temple was the prayer place for saint Tadkanath. The then royal family wanted to build a road through the temple, but when the officials saw Tadkanath completely immersed in tapsya the plan was ditched.
Jharkhand Mahadev Temple at Queens Road, Vaishali Nagar
Tadkeshwar Nath Temple at Choda Rasta in Jaipur
The construction of the building for this famous Shiva temple started in 1918; however, the temple is very old. It used to be in the middle of farms, but it is now one of the posh localities in Jaipur. The idol of Nandi was constructed in 2006.
Maleshwar Temple at Mahar village near Chomu
Jharkhand Mahadev Temple at Queens Road in Jaipur
This temple is situated in the middle of Arawali hills near Samod on the outskirts of Jaipur. It is located nearly 35 km from Jaipur. The temple is very famous among Shiva devotees as it is believed that the idol changes its direction according to the direction of the sun every six months. It is said that Aurangzeb wanted to destroy this temple, but his army was attacked by bees, forcing them to retreat. There are four natural ponds around the temple.
Maleshwar Mahadev temple near Jaipur
There are many other Shiva temples in Jaipur that you can visit this Maha Shivaratri. They include Jungleshwar Mahaved at Banipark, Rojgareshwar Mahadev at Chhoti Choupar, Chamatkareshwar Mahadev at Jhotwara, Onda Mahadev at Ramganj, Bhuteshwar Mahadev at Vidhyadhar Nagar and Dhuleshwar Mahadev.
So which of these temples are you headed for this Maha Shivaratri?
First published: February 13, 2018