Maha Shivaratri festival is celebrated annually in the honour of the great God Lord Shiva, the Great Night of Lord Shiva. It is one of the major festival in Hinduism and devotees visit the Shiva temples in all the parts of India offering milk, bael leaves,Datura , madar flower and and Jal. Here is the list of India’s must visit Lord Shiva Temples one should visit in Maha Shivaratri 2022.
Kaal Bhairav Mandir of Varanasi is dedicated to fierce form of Lord Shiva, Situated in Bharonath and believed to be the Kotwal of Varanasi. The temple is one of the oldest Lord Shiva temples in Varanasi and one of the must visit Kaal Bhairav Mandir in India along with Kaal Bhairav Temple of Ujjain.
Veerabhadra Temple is situated in Lepakshi of the Anantpur district in Andhra Pradesh, dedicated to the Virabhadra, most fierce incarnation of Lord Shiva. The temple is uilt in the Vijayanagara style and one of the most spectacular Vijayanagara temples of India.
Matangeshvara Mahadev Temple in ctown of Madhya Pradesh is part of the Chandela-era monuments and is the only Hindu temple that is still actively used for worship in Khajuraho town among the Western group of temples and a must visit temple along with the most popular the Great God of the Cave – Kandariya Mahadeva Temple.
The Bhavnath Mahadev temple at the foothills of Mount Girnar range in Junagadh city is one of the most popular Lord Shiva temple in Gujarat. Maha Shivaratri, Bhavnath fair and Girnar Lili Parikrama are main festivals attended by hundreds of Naga Sadhus.
Kaal Bhairav Temple of Ujjain city is located on the banks of the Shipra river and one of the most famous temple in India known for daily offerings of Liquor. The temple is dedicated Kaal Bhairava who is also the guardian deity of Ujjain like Kotwal of Varanasi.
Murdeshwar town in Bhatkal Taluk of Uttara Kannada in Karnataka house world’s second tallest statue of Lord Shiva on the coast of Arabian Sea and also famous for the Murudeshwara Temple with 209-feet-tall Raja Gopura. Murudeshwara Temple is surrounded by the waters of the Arabian Sea by three sides and the complex has statue of Nandi Bull.
Kotilingeshwara Temple in Kolar district of Karnataka house one of the largest Shivalingams in the world, measuring 108 ft tall and a 35 ft tall Nandi idol. There are lakhs of small lingas installed over over an area of 15 acres within the premises and extremely famous for the largest and tallest lingam.
Aurangabad rock-cave temple of Ellora is the largest Hindu temple of Lord Shiva of the of the rock-cut made from a single rock. Kailashanatha Temple of Ellora offers distinct architectural and sculptural style, feature inscription of and Lord Shiva and mount Nandi.
Gondeshwar Temple at Sinnar town in Nashik district of Maharashtra is dedicated to Lord Shiva and also dedicated Panch Dev that are worshipped are Vishnu, Shiva, Ganesha, Shakti and Surya. The temple built during the Yadava dynasty in the Bhumija style and very similar to aother famous Ambarnath Shiva temple.
Maha Mrityunjay Temple is a newly constructed Hindu temple dedicated to Hindu God Lord Shiva, situated in Nagaon town of Assam, around 122.6 kilometres from Guwahati. The unique feature of Maha Mrityunjay Temple is world’s largest 126-foot-tall Shivalingam.
Few More Temples One Should Visit During Maha Shivaratri are:
Stambheshwar Mahadev, Kavi Kavoi Village – Gujarat
Nishkalank Mahadev Temple, Koliyak Bhavnagar – Gujarat
Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai – Tamil Nadu
Brihadeshwara Temple, Thanjavur – Tamil Nadu
Shore Temple, Mahabalipuram – Tamil Nadu
Kanchi Kailasanathar Temple, Kanchipuram – Tamil Nadu