Are you fond of experiencing the rich cultural heritage whenever go on a vacation? If you are, Varanasi and Ujjain are two cities that must be a part of your traveling wish-list. Both these cities are dotted with numerous Hindu temples which make these places very popular religious seats in India. However, apart from religious importance, these are also quite rich in the historical value. So, following are some famous Shiva Temples in India that you must visit when you are on vacation in Ujjain and Varanasi:
1. Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga Temple
Located in Ujjain, the “temple city” of India, the Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga Temple is one of the most famous Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The idol of Mahakaleshwar which faces the south is known to be “Dakshinamurti”, which is a unique feature among all the 12 Jyotirlingas. There are also idols of Ganesh, Karttikeya and Parvati in the west side of the temple. There are numerous taxis plying between Indore and Ujjain that will make your trip comfortable.
2. Kashi Vishwanath Temple
Kashi Vishwanath temple, located in Varanasi, is one of the most popular Hindu temples which as the name suggests, is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This is one of the twelve jyotirlingas, which are the holiest Shiva temples in India. This 800-year-old temple has been renovated many times in the past and the structure that you will find today was erected in the 18th century. So, make sure that you visit the numerous shrines inside when you visit this place.
3. Shree Kalbhairava Temple
Said to be associated with the cult of Tantra of Hinduism, the Shree Kalbhairava Temple in Ujjain is always surrounded by sadhus with long matted hair and ash-smudged bodies. Here, the Shivalinga is enshrined under a banyan tree opposite a Bull, which was apparently gifted to Shiva and Parvati on their wedding by King Dakhsa.
4. Mrityunjay Mahadev Mandir
Situated in Daranagar district of the holy city of Varanasi, the shrines within the Mrityunjay Mahadev Mandir are more than a thousand years old. The specialty of this temple is that it is believed that performing rituals in this temple keeps the devotees away from the clutches of unnatural death. As the term “Mrityunjay” suggests, the temple lets one win over death.
5. Birla Mandir or New Vishwanath Mandir
Situated in the Benaras Hindu University Campus, the Shri Vishwanath Mandir or the Birla Mandir is one of the largest and most popular tourist attractions in Varanasi. This 77-meter high temple is one of the largest temples in India which took nearly thirty-five years for construction. The specialty of the temple is that it is open to people of all castes and religions, unlike most other Hindu temples. You will find the entire text of Bhagwat Gita along with extracts from other sacred Hindu scriptures inscribed on its walls.
So, if you are planning to visit these cities any time soon, you should not miss visiting at least some of these temples. You do not have to be bothered about transportation because there is easy availability of taxi service in Varanasi. So, start planning your trip today!