The holy month of Sawan has officially begun in some parts of the country, while some regions are eagerly waiting for it to start. It is one of the holiest months of the year when we immerse ourselves in the prayers of Lord Shiva by visiting his temple every Monday.
It is believed that during this whole month if you meditate and immerse yourself into worship with true heart and mind, then all your wishes and desires do come true. Sawan is one such month where Shivaties (devotees of Shiva) visit various huge Shiva pilgrimages situated in different parts of the country.
Our country has 12 Jyotirlingas spread across different regions and states. During this holy month, people undertake a pilgrimage to these Joytrilingas trying to fulfil all their wishes and desires by making Lord Shiva happy and satisfied.
12 Jyotirlingas in our country
- Somnath, Gujarat
- Nageshwar, Gujarat
- Trimbakeshwar, Maharashtra
- Girineshwar, Maharashtra
- Vaidyanath, Maharashtra
- Mahakaleshwar, Madhya Pradesh
- Omkareshwar, Madhya Pradesh
- Kashi Vishwanath, Uttar Pradesh
- Kedarnath, Uttarakhand
- Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu
- Malika Arjuna, Andhra Pradesh
Some people cover the entire route, while some try to visit the most important and famous ones. There is the belief that covering all 12 Jyotirlingas is equal to seeing and enriching heaven.
This blog is about important Lord Shiva Temples which are highly recommended to visit during Sawan!
Here is the list of the top 6 places to visit during Sawan
Undertaking a trip to Kedarnath is one of the most spiritual experiences you can ever feel. You can visit this shrine only from April to November because that is the only time when the shrine is open for the devotees. It is the highest Jyotirlinga of the country and carries an important belief that from this place lord releases the water of Holy Ganga from his knotted hair.
Shri Somnath Temple
Somnath Temple is one of the important pilgrimages in the state of Gujarat. This temple has a long-lost history, it has been captured and destroyed by various rulers and invaders but is still built again and again.
This was the 1st Jyotirlingas among the 12. Surrounded by sea on all three sides, temples face lots of flood and tsunami risks but still stand erect and have always attracted devotees from all over the country all around the year, especially in the month of Sawan.
Shivoham Shiva Temple
This temple does not come under the list of Jyotirlingas but carries huge importance in the minds of people and is filled with people during the holy month of Sawan. Temple houses a 62 feet Lord Shiva statue with a background of snow mountains particularly called Kailash Parvat.
Another point of attraction is the man-made cave that showcases all the 12 Jyotirlingas and Charm Dhams. Watching the light and sound show along with spiritual meditation sessions from 12 am – 6 am is a must thing to do here.
Kashi Vishwanath Temple
The city in which this temple is situated is one of the oldest existing cities on the globe. The holy city of Varanasi also known as Banaras has been an important part of history in terms of early human civilization stages. Kashi Vishwanath Temple is one such shrine which has lots of other deities of the Hindu religion along with Lord Shiva.
This is one such place which carries a belief along with it that visiting this temple opens the gate of Moksha (the eternal divine) for humans, hence lakhs of devotees visit this temple during Sawan month and also all around the year.
Location: Uttar Pradesh
Lingaraja Temple is an important shrine in the state of Orissa. Temple is situated in the capital city of Bhubaneswar and the most unique point about this shrine is that Lord Shiva is worshipped here as a Harihar, a divine form of Lord Shiva and Vishnu. There is an important belief associated with this temple that a river originated from this temple and whose water is highly curable during the illness of boy and soul.
Neelkantha Mahadeva Temple
An important temple of Yoga Capital of the World Rishikesh is Neelkantha Mahadeva Temple. It is situated in the foothills of the Himachal region and carries an important part of Lord Shiva’s life story. It is believed that the lord drank poison from the churn of the sea at this place to avoid poison reaching the stomach.
Goddess Pravati strangled the neck of the lord so that poison does not spread anywhere except his throat, due to the venom the neck of the lord is blue which gave him another name also known as Neelkantha. There is a waterfall inside the shrine and people bathe under it before visiting the temple.
Be a true Shivatie and plan a trip to these magnificent and important Lord Shiva temples during the holy month of Shravan as visiting these spiritual centres during this holy month is considered to be highly recommendable and you never know Lord Shiva may get satisfied with your prayers and fulfil all your wishes and desires!!!
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