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Photos: In search of Lord Shiva in India

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Last updated on: February 13, 2018 13:28 IST
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Murdeshwar Shiva legend Mahashivratri

The second biggest deity of lord Shiva in the world -- the biggest is in Nepal -- stands in Murdeshwar, Karnataka. Murdeshwar is another name of Shiva.
The place finds significance in the Ramayana.
Photograph: Satyanarayana Murthy.


Tungnath temple Shiva legend Mahashivratri

Tungnath temple -- one of the Panch Kedars in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand -- is the highest Shiva temple in the world.
It is believed to be at least 5,000 years old. Many legends of Shiva from the Hindu epics of Mahabharata and Ramayana link back to this temple.
Photograph: Sandipan Suklabaidya.


Adi Kailash Shiva legend Mahashivratri

The view of Adi Kailash (Chhota Kailash, not Kailash Parbat) from Jonglingkong Valley.
The mountain, which is sacred to Hindus, lies between Nepal and Uttarakhand.
Photograph: Pavagada Visweswara.
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Neelkanth Peak Shiva legend Mahashivratri

The shining Neelkanth peak near the revered Badrinath temple in Uttarakhand.
Neelkanth is one of Lord Shiva's many epithets. Legend has it that the mountain -- erected by a displeased Shiva -- stands on a road that linked the holy sites of Kedarnath and Bardrinath.
Photograph: Arun Uniyal.


Kailasanathar Temple in Kanchipuram Shiva legend Mahashivratri

The Kailasanathar Temple in Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu.
This Shiva temple is the oldest structure in Kanchipuram -- a town famous for its temples and saris.
The sandstone structure was built by Pallava dynasty ruler Rajasimha. It has 58 small shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Photograph: Prathapa Madhav.


Kopeshwar temple of Khidrapur Shiva legend Mahashivratri

The swarga gruha of the Kopeshwar temple of Khidrapur, in the Kolhapur district of Maharashtra.
Kopeshwar means 'furious god'; it gets its name from the legend that lord Vishnu brought lord Shiva here to calm him down after Sati sacrificed her life.
The temple was built by the Shilahara dynasty between 1109 and 1178 AD.
Photograph: Shyam Chavan.


Adi Kailash Shiva legend Mahashivratri

Nandi at a Shiva Temple in Lakkundi, Karnataka.
Lakkundi is home to many temples, several of which are dedicated to lord Shiva.
Photograph: Palanki Narayana.


Adi Kailash Shiva legend Mahashivratri

The shivling at the Shri Pardheshvar temple in Aurangabad, Maharashtra, is developed with 111 kg of mercury and installed on a base made of 151 kg of sulphur .
Photograph: Prasad Pathak.


Adi Kailash Shiva legend Mahashivratri

The Shiva temple in Nemawar, Madhya Pradesh is considered the loftiest temple of the Parmar dynasty. Built in the Bhumija architecture style, it is an unusual west-facing shrine.
Photograph: Rediff Reader.


Adi Kailash Shiva legend Mahashivratri

The main shrine at Mangueshi Temple in Goa is dedicated to Bhagavan Manguesh, an incarnation of lord Shiva.
The temple also has shrines dedicated to Shiva's wife, goddess Parvati, and their son, lord Ganesha.
Photograph: Anuj Jha.


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