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Maha Shivratri 2019: 12 Famous Lord Shiva Temples in India

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Kedarnath: Located atop the Himalayan range, the Kedarnath temple is open for public during April. For six months the idol is transferred to a place near Guptakashi called Ukhimath.

Mallikarjuna Swamy: Situated at Srisailam in Andhra Pradesh, Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy is one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalams. (Image: Dinesh Kannambadi)

Kashi Vishwanath Temple: Kashi Vishwanath Temple is located on the western bank on the Ganges in Varanasi.

Nageshvara: According to Shiva Purana, Nageshvara Jyotirlinga is in ‘the Darukavana’ but the actual location of the legendary forest of Darukavana is debated.

Mahakaleshwar: Situated in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, Mahakaleshwar’s unique feature is the idol of Lord Shiva known as ‘dakshinamurti’ which means facing south. On Maha Shivaratri, a huge fair is held near the temple and prayers are offered at the temple the whole night.

Somnath: Somnath is located in Prabhas Kshetra in Saurashtra. Believed to be the protector of moon God, the Somnath temple popularly was destroyed and rebuilt six times.

Grishneshwar: Situated 11 km away from Daulatabad, Grishneshwar is a divine paradise for the Shiva devotees.

Bhimashankar: Located 50 km north west of Khed, near Pune, Bhimashankar Temple is a composite of old and the new structures in the Nagara style of architecture.

Vaidyanath: Vaidyanath temple also known as Baba Dham and Baidyanath Dham is one of the most sacred Shiva abodes.

Omkareshwar: Omkareshwar is in the Khandwa district of Madhya Pradesh. The foundation of this shrine is on an island called Mandhata or Shivapuri in the Narmada river. The shape of the island is said to be like the Hindu symbol ‘Om’.

Ramanathaswamy: Located on the island of Rameshwaram, the Ramanathaswamy temple was built during 12th century by Pandya dynasty.

Trimbakeshwar: The Trambakeshwar temple is situated 28 km away from Nasik. The temple is located at the source of the river Godavari river.