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.
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. 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.
In the month of Chatra (April) a great fair is organised for one month known as Cheti-Mela.