Lord Shiva, one of the greatest deities in Hinduism, is known as the god of destruction and transformation. There are many ancient and modern Shiva temples in India which attract tourists from all over the world. These temples are much more than places of worship which reflect the rich cultural and architectural heritage of India. There are many prestigious Shiva temples outside India as well. Today we will tell you about 5 Shiva temples in the world.
Middle Kailash Temple, South Africa
The temple is located in Midrand, South Africa, which serves as a spiritual, cultural and religious center for many devotees in Gauteng Province and throughout South Africa. It is a wonderful place for regular prayers and many cultural events. The presiding priest of the temple, Guru Nadaraja Sarma, helps devotees seek religious guidance and offers all the prayers in the temple according to the Agama scriptures. The interiors and exteriors of the temple are beautifully decorated and perhaps what attracts most visitors is the intricate paintings that adorn the temple structure.
Pashupatinath Temple Nepal
This ancient temple located on the banks of the Bagmati River in Kathmandu, Nepal attracts tourists from all over the world. It is one of the most important temples of Hinduism dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple complex is a masterpiece of Hindu architecture. A magnificent golden spire rises above the surrounding buildings, which attracts thousands of devotees from all over the world. Pashupatinath Temple is a cultural site in Kathmandu as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Katasraj Temple, Pakistan
The Katas Raj Temple is situated in the Potohar Plateau of Pakistan. Consisting of seven temples known as Satgraha, this temple offers a fascinating glimpse into the past. The temples are a mix of old and new structures, some of which are believed to have been established by Lord Krishna himself. The legend surrounding the temple tells that the sacred pond at the center of the temples was created by Lord Shiva from the tears of his wife Sati after the death of his wife. The significance of the temple also stems from the story of being the refuge of the Pandavas during their exile, as described in the epic Mahabharata.
Mukti Gupteshwar Temple, Australia
The Mukti Gupteshwar Temple also has a total of 1128 smaller shrines, including a 10 meter deep ‘tivori’ which holds 2 million handwritten notes from devotees around the world. It is also home to the waters of 81 rivers, eight precious metals and the wishes of holy men and dignitaries from around the world.
Munneshwaram Temple, Sri Lanka
The Munneshwaram Temple in Munneshwaram village in the North Western Province of Sri Lanka is over 1000 years old and locals believe that the temple finds mention in the epic Ramayana. The temple complex consists of five major temples and a central
The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The other three temples are dedicated to Lord Ganesha, Lord Iyer and Goddess Kali while the fourth one is a Buddhist temple.
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