A large chunk of the Indian population follows the Hindu religion and Lord Shiva is one of the prime deities of Hinduism. The country has some centuries old temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and these temples attract devotees from all over the world.
Here are the top 10 most famous Lord Shiva temples in India:
10. Mahakaleshwar, Madhya Pradesh
One of the most prominent temples of Lord Shiva in the country is Mahakaleshwar Temple in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh. The temple is a Swayambhu Jyotirlinga and Lord Shiva is worshipped in the form of Mahakal, the Lord of death, in this sacred shrine.
9. Omkareshwar, Madhya Pradesh
The Omkareshwar Temple is located on an “Om” shaped island in River Narmada in the state of Madhya Pradesh. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva manifested as the three headed Omkareshwar and is one of the most visited Shiva temples in the country.
8. Trimbakeshwar, Maharashtra
The next name in the list of top 10 most famous Lord Shiva temples in India is that if Trimbakeshwar Temple near Nashik in Maharashtra. One of the jyotirlingas, the temple lies at the source of River Godavari and was built by Peshwa Balaji Baji Rao. The lingam in the temple embodies Lord Rudra, Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu.
7. Baidyanath Temple, Jharkhand
One of the most visited Shiva temples in the country is the Vaidyanath Temple in Deogarh in Jharkhand. It is a jyotirlinga where Lord Shiva is worshipped as Vaidyanath, the Lord who was a vaidya or doctor. It is believed that this is the place where Lord Shiva treated the severed head offered to him by his staunch devotee Ravana.
6. Brihadeswara Temple, Tamil Nadu
Brihadeswara Temple is located in Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu and is dedicated to Lord Mahadev. It is one of the most visited Shiva temples in the country and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is known to have one of the tallest temple towers in the world. The temple also houses a huge monolithic statue of Nandi.