Shiva is a Hindu deity worshipped by Shaivaites in India as the destroyer of the universe. As one of the three main gods in the Hindu pantheon, there are many temples dedicated to his worship in India (and abroad). The most prominent of these are the Jyotirlinga temples.
Jyotirlinga temples [ edit ]
Location of 12 Jyotirlinga temples.
Jyotirlinga temples as mentioned in the Shiva Purana are as listed below. [1 ]
Prabhas Patan, near Veraval, Gujarat
Srisailam, Andhra Pradesh
Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh
Indore, Madhya Pradesh
Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
Trimbak, near Nasik, Maharashtra
Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu
Pancha Bootha Sthalas (Five Elemental Manifestations) [ edit ]
In South India, five temples of Shiva are held to be particularly important, as being manifestations of him in the five elemental substances.
Panchaaraama temples [ edit ]
The Pancharama Kshetras (or the Pancharamas) are five ancient
Hindu temples of Lord Shiva situated in Andhra Pradesh. The Sivalingas at these temples are made from a single Sivalinga. As per the legend, this Sivalinga was owned by the demon king Tarakasura. No one could win over him due to the power of this Sivalinga. Finally, Lord Kumaraswamy, the son of Lord Shiva broke the Sivalinga into five pieces and killed Tarakasura. The five pieces of Sivalinga fell at five different places on earth namely,
Sabha temples [ edit ]
The five temples located in
Tamil Nadu where Shiva is believed to perform Bharata Natyam dance are:
Other famous temples in India [ edit ]
[ Shiv Mandir] Shahabad (Markanda)
Jammu and Kashmir
Kadri Manjunath Temple, Mangalore, Dakshina Kannada
Murudeshwara, Uttara Kannada district
Dharmasthala Manjunatha Temple, Dakshina Kannada
Srikanteshwara Temple, Nanjangud, Mysore District
Kotilingeshwara, Kammasandra, Kolar District
Gokarna, Kumta, Uttara Kannada District
Famous temples in other countries [ edit ]
Pashupatinath Temple—located on the banks of Bagmati River in the eastern part of Kathmandu, Nepal.
Koneswaram temple—located on Swami Rock/Kona-ma-malai, in Trincomalee in the eastern part of Sri Lanka.
Lake Mansarovar and Mount Kailash in Tibet, a pilgrimage site believed to be the abode of Lord Shiva.
Gosaikunda Lake—located in Rasuwa District, Nepal.
Doleshwar Mahadev temple located in Bhaktapur, Nepal. It is believed to house the head of Lord Shiva, whose body lies in the Kedarnath Temple of India. Halesi Mahadev, a sacred pilgrimage inside a massive cave, located in Khotang District of Nepal.
Kailashnath Mahadev Statue—situated on a mountain near Kathmandu, Nepal. It is the world's tallest Lord Shiva statue.
Prambanan temple dedicated to trimurthi which is located 18 km (11 mi) on the boundary between Central Java and Yogyakarta located in the country of Indonesia.
Hindu Temple, Dubai, UAE comprises a Shiva and Krishna temple. Shiva Temple located in Muttrah, Muscat, Oman.
References [ edit ]