Gola Gokaran Nath Temple
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|Gola Gokaran Nath Temple|
Shiva Temple (शिव मन्दिर), Gola
|Proper name:||मन्दिर श्री गोला गोकर्ण नाथ|
|Location:||Gola Gokaran Nath (गोला गोकर्ण नाथ, उत्तर प्रदेश)|
|Architecture and culture|
|Primary deity:||Lord Shiva (भगवान् शिव)|
|Architectural styles:||North Indian Style|
Gola Gokaran Nath Temple is a Hindu temple in Gola Gokarannath, Uttar Pradesh, India and is also known as Shiv Temple of Gola Gokaran Nath. It is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Gola Gokaran Nath is also called Choti Kashi.
The story of Gokaran Nath is same as Vaidyanath. It is the belief of the people that Lord Shiva was pleased with the penance (Tapasya) of Rawana (King of Lanka) and offered him a boon. Rawana requested the Lord Shiva to go to Lanka with him and leave Himalya forever. The Lord Shiva agreed to go on condition that he should not be placed anywhere on the way to Lanka. If he were placed anywhere, he would settle at that place. Shiv gave him one of the twelve Jyotirlingams. Rawana agreed and started his journey to Lanka with the Lord on his head. When Rawana reached the Gola Gokaran Nath (then called Gollihara) he felt the need to urinate (a call of nature). Rawana offered some gold coins to a shepherd (who was none other than Lord Ganesha sent by deities) for placing the Lord Shiva on his head until he returned. The shepherd (Lord Ganesha) placed him on the land. Rawana failed to lift him up despite all his efforts. He pressed him on his head with his thumb in full anger. The impression of Rawana's thumb is still present on the Shivling. Because of that the Shivling became like a Cow's Ear (गोकर्ण)and mounted around 5 feet below from the ground level.
1. Chaiti Mela
In the month of Chatra (April) a great fair is organised for one month known as Cheti-Mela.
2. Saavan Mela
The importance of Gokarnnath dham increases during the month of Shrawan. During this period, lakhs of devotees throng the Holy Shiv Temple. The kanwarias first take a dip in the terth sarovar (pond) to purify themselves, and then enter into the temple, where the Ganges water is offered to the Jyotirlingam.
The legend says that when the churning of oceans - Samudra Manthan - took place in the month of Shravan, fourteen different types of rubies came out. Thirteen of these were distributed amongst the deamons, except Halahal (poison). Lord Shiva drank the Halahal and stored it in his throat. Hence the name Neelkantha (meaning blue throat) is attributed to Shiva.
To reduce the strong effect of poison, Lord Shiva wore the crescent moon on his head. All the Gods, thereafter started offering the Ganges water to Lord Shiva to make lessen the effect of poison.
Since, this happened in the month of Shravan, since then the Shiva devotees offer the Ganges water in this month.
This pilgrimage continues during the whole month of Shravan for 30 days, during July-August every year. It is estimated that within this period of one month around 10 to 15 lakhs pilgrims visit Gokarnnath dham.
3. Bhoot Nath Mela
4. Maha Shivratri Mela
Important Places To Visit (Near Shiv Temple)
1. Shiv Temple
2. Budhe Baba Temple
3. Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple
4. Vishwakarma Temple
5. Chandrabhal Baba Satsang Sthal
6. Mata Parvati Satsang Sthal
7. Vinayak Dwar
8. Gokaran Nath Dwar
9. Nath Baba Dwar
10. Kartikeya Dwar
11. Teerth Sarovar Dwar
12. Teerth Sarovar
13. Neelkanth Teerth Maidan
14. Nath Vatika
15. Mela Sahayata Kendra
16. Maharshi Ved Vyas Yagya Mandap
Other Famous temples in Chhoti Kashi (Shiv Nagari)
1. Bhootnath temple
2. Trilokinath Temple
3. Lakshmanjati Temple
4. Mangla Devi Temple
5. Phool Baba Ashram
6. Kalesh Haran Temple
7. Tedenath Temple
8. Gajmochan Nath temple