20th February, 2020
Mahashivratri is one of the major festivals of Hinduism. Lord Shiva is worshiped on this day. Shivaratri of the month of Phalgun is called Mahashivratri. On Mahashivaratri, people keep a fast and worship Lord Shiva with full law. This year, the festival of Mahashivaratri will be celebrated on 21 February 2020 (Friday).
On this occasion, a fair is organized in Shiva temples located in different areas of the country. Do you know that by visiting the temples of Lord Shiva on this day, all the wishes of the devotees are fulfilled. Let us tell you about 3 such temples of Lord Shiva where devotees must visit on Mahashivaratri.
Tapkeshwar Temple is located at a distance of about 7 kilometers from Dehradun, the capital of Uttarakhand. This temple of Mahadev is said to be of mythological times. At the same time, many people say that Ashwatthama, the great warrior of Mahabharata period, also has a deep connection with this temple. Here, water droplets are always dripping from the rock on the Shivling located in a cave. For this reason, it is named Tapkeshwar Temple.
It is believed that this is the place where the gods did penance to Lord Shiva and saw his deveshwar form. At the same time, during the Mahabharata period, Ashwatthama also did harsh penance on Lord Shiva. Pleased with his austerity, Lord Shiva shed a stream of milk from the roof of the cave. This stream started dripping on the Shivling located inside the cave. At the beginning of Kalyug, this stream of milk turned into water which still drips on the Shivling located here. A grand fair is organized in this temple on the auspicious occasion of Shivaratri. It is said that offering water on Shivling on this occasion fulfills the wishes of the devotees. A large number of people come to this fair and offer prayers.
The temple of Baijnath Mahadev is located in Kangra area of Himachal Pradesh. This temple is built on a high hill. It is said that this temple was built in the 13th century. However, the Shivling located in this temple is established by Tretayug. According to the legend, Ravana prayed to Lord Shiva that he wanted to take him with him as a Shivalinga to Lanka.
Lord Shiva agreed on this, but he had placed a condition in front of Ravana and said that he will not keep this Shivling anywhere on earth in the entire way. When Ravana took Shivling with Kailash, he felt short-tempered on the way and he handed Shivlinga into the hands of a monk. That monk was none other than himself, but Devarshi Narada himself.
Naradji placed that Shivling on the earth and when Ravana tried to lift it from there, he could not even move them. Since then, this Shivling is located here. Thousands of people reach this temple on the occasion of Shivaratri and offer water and milk to the Shivling.
The temple of Neelkanth Mahadev is located in Rishikesh of Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is one of the most revered temples of Rishikesh. It is said that Lord Shiva took the poison emanating from the sea churning at this place. For this, the poison did not get into the stomach, for this, Lord Shiva had stopped him in the throat, due to which his throat became blue.
For this reason, the Shivling located here is known as Neelkanth Mahadev. There is a waterfall in the temple premises where devotees take a bath before visiting the temple. The etching of Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is worth seeing.
The sea churning scene is depicted at the bottom of the shrine and Lord Shiva is seen drinking poison in a huge painting at the entrance of the sanctum sanctorum. On the hill in front is the temple of Shiva's wife Parvati ji. It is said that visiting the Neelkanth Mahadev temple on the occasion of Shivaratri fulfills all the wishes of the devotees.