Shiva Temples in India

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Here is the list of 23 Shiva Temples in India

1. Kedarnath Temple

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Kedarnath is the highest among the 12 Jyotirlingas. This temple, over a thousand years old, is built of enormous stone slabs over a large rectangular dais. The present temple is believed to be re-built by Adi Shankaracharya, originally built by the Pandavas. It is believed that after the war of Kurukshetra, the Pandavas sought redemption from Lord Shiva here who hid in a bull-form. The halls of the temple today tell this story on its walls. Devotees believe that a visit to this temple can free them from the cycle of life and birth. The inner walls of the temple are carved with figures of various deities and scenes from mythology.

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2. Badrinath Temple

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Located at a height of 3133m, the Badrinath temple is a 15m black structure dating back to the Vedic Ages. The temple is dedicated to Vishnu, who is idolized as Badrinath and is a sanctified shrine for Indians. The temple is located in Garhwal hill in Chamoli district on the banks of Alaknanda River. It is one of the most visited pilgrimage centres in India. The image of the reigning deity worshiped in the temple is a black stone sculpture of Vishnu in the form of Badrinarayan. The statue is considered by many Hindus to be a self-manifestation of Vishnu.

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3. Brahadeshwara Temple

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The biggest attraction of Thanjavur - The Brahadeshwara Temple, also known as the Big Temple. Built during the reign of the Great Chola emperor, Raja Raja Chola, this temple is an architectural marvel.

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4. Lingaraj Temple

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The Lingaraj Temple is an ancient temple with great religious importance. Dedicated to Lord Shiva as the name suggests, it is visited by a huge number of devotees throughout the year.

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5. Murudeshwar Temple

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Located in Karnataka, this magnificent shrine is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This temple boasts of the second highest statue of Lord Shiva in the world, and the sheer magnanimity of the statue will fill you with a sense of awe. This temple is built on the Kanduka Hill which is surrounded by the Arabian Sea on three sides. The main temple's entrance, also called the 'gopura' stands at 123 feet and you can witness the breathtaking view of the Shiva statue from the top of the gopura.

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6. Meenakshi Amman Temple

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This is a historic Hindu temple located on the southern bank of the Vaigai River, Madurai, Tamil Nadu. It is primarily dedicated to Parvati, known as Meenakshi, and her spouse, Shiva. What makes this temple different from the others is the fact that both God and Goddess are worshipped together.

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7. Guruvayoor temple

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Located in the Guruvayoor town, Guruvayur Sree Krishna Temple is regarded as one of the most sacred pilgrim hubs in Kerala. The temple adorned with mysteries is devoted to the chief deity Mahavishnu worshiped in form of Balakrishna.

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8. Talakadu

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Nestled on the banks of River Cauvery, Talakadu is a town known for its sand dunes. With a rich past and heritage, the town is also quite famous among the devotees who come here for a special worship.

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9. Omkareshwar Temple

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The Madhyamaheshwar Omkareshwar Temple is an integral part of the great Panch Kedar and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is simply known as Ukhimath Omkareshwar Temple. During the winters, the idols from Kedarnath temple and Madhyamaheshwar are brought to Ukhimath and worshiped here for six months. Ukhimath is a small pilgrimage town in the Rudraprayag District of Uttarakhand.

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10. Mahakaleshwar Temple

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Mahakaleshwar temple is the temple dedicated to Shiva as mahakal. it is built on a spacious courtyard and is surrounded by massive walls. It has five levels, one of which is underground. It is said to be one of the twelve sacred Jyotirlingas dedicated to Lord Shiva.

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11. Bull Temple

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Bull temple is associated with mythological & religious significance, the shrine is a renowned worship place. It is one of the calm, peaceful and oldest places in bangalore. It is dedicated to nandi bull, the vahana of Lord shiva.

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12. Lepakshi Temple

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Lepakshi Temple is an ancient temple displaying the relics of Vijayanagara style of architecture with its roots going back to 16th century. The temple complex comprises of three shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Veerbhadra and Lord Vishnu.

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13. Mahabaleshwar Temple

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Situated at a distance of 6km from the main city of Mahabaleshwar, the Mahabali or Mahabaleshwar temple is an ancient shrine and an example of the Maratha heritage. The temple is guarded by a five feet wall and is divided into two sections. The inner part has Shiva as the presiding deity. The site has two more temple nearby the Atibaleshwar temple and Panchganga temple.

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14. Draksharamam

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Located on the eastern bank of Godavari, Draksharama is one of the five most powerful and prominent temples dedicated to Lord Shiva in the country. 40kms away from Rajahmundry, the temple is said to be dating back to the 11th century. Draksharama is perfect for a religious getaway, the scenery around the temple is pleasant and the road journey to the temple is nothing short of beautiful.

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15. Bhimashankar Temple

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Bhimashankar TempleÔ_is aÔ_JyotirlingaÔ_shrine located 50Ô_km northwest of Khed, nearÔ_Pune, in India. It is one of the well known Jyotirlinga among the twelve Jyotirlingas situated all over India. In the recent times, it has gained immense significance and has been declared as a Wildlife Sanctuary.

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16. Naina Devi Temple

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The Temple of Shri Naina Devi Ji is situated on a hill top in Bilaspur Distt. Of Himachal Pradesh. Situated at a height of 1219 m above sea level, it was built by Raja Bir Chand in the 8th century. With several folklores going about the temple ever since it was built, the temple is considered very holy by the pilgrims who pay a visit regularly.

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17. Yaganti

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Yaganti, in Kurnool District of Andhra Pradesh, is the famous Sri Yagantiswamy Temple (also known as the Uma Maheshwara Temple) dedicated to Lord Shiva. Constructed by the first Vijayanagara Sangama King Harihara Bukka Rayalu in the 15th century, the temple ebbs deeply of culture and traditions even today. Yaganti houses the idol of Shiva & Parvathi, called Ardhanareeswara carved out of a single stone. This is probably the only place where Lord Shiva is worshipped in the form of an idol instead of Shiva Linga.

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18. Marundeeswarar Temple

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Marundeeswarar Temple, in Tiruvanmiyur, near Chennai has the temple deity Shiva in the form of Marundeeswar or Aushadeeswarar, the God of Medicines. Given the name, Marundeeswarar Temple has been a place of worship especially for people with diseases and those facing various problems with their health. A fine specimen of Dravidian architecture, this temple is a must visit for anyone visiting Chennai or nearby cities.

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19. Umananda Temple

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Umananda Temple is a Shiva temple located on the Peacock Island, in the middle of river Brahmaputra. Peacock Island, which houses the Umanada Temple, is known as smallest inhabited riverine island in the world. Country boats are available all the time during the day, on the banks of Brahmaputra, to take the visitors to the island. The mountain on which the temple has been built, is known as Bhasmacala.

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20. Kashi Vishwanath Temple

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Kashi Vishwanath Temple is regarded as one of the most popular Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Located in the heart of Varanasi, the temple is a core of faith for millions of Hindus.

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21. Tungnath Temple

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One of the world's highest temples perched at an altitude of 3680m; Tungnath temple has many myths and legend in its bag. It is believed that this temple was established by Arjuna of Mahabharata after Adi Shankaracharya founded a Shiva Linga at the same site.

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22. Tunganath

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If spirituality is on your mind and on your itinerary as well, Tungnath is just your kind of place. It is an ancient holy town about more than 1000 years old and is popular among the pilgrims and devotees.

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23. Bhagsunath Temple

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Surrounded by beautiful pools and lush greenery, this temple is located at a height of 1770m above sea level and attracts a huge number of devotees and tourists throughout the year.

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