Amid pandemic restrictions, free statewide Mahashivratri celebration takes place 2 years later

Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh): The people of Madhya Pradesh will celebrate Mahashivratri, the wedding anniversary of Lord Shiva, without any Covid-19 restrictions after a gap of two years.

The culture department also announced the holding of programs at four temples in the state, including the Mahakal Temple in Ujjain.

About 12 popular Shiva temples in the state including Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga (Ujjain), Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga (Khandwa), Pashupatinath Temple (Mandsaur), Matangeshvara Mahadeva (Khajuraho), Bhojeshwar (Bhojpur), Kakanmath (Morena) Bhuteshvar Temple, Bateshwar are decorated with colored lights for the celebration.

The Shiva Barats, which are an integral and colorful part of the celebration, will be released on a large scale, according to religious leaders and officials.

The Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga Temple of Ujjain is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva in the country. It is one of the most important and revered shrines of Lord Shiva in MP. The ancient city of Ujjain is located on the bank of the holy river Kshipra and also one of the four places of Kumbh Mela in India.

The Mandsaur Shiva Temple is known for its unique eight-faced ShivaLingam, and it belongs to the Pashupatinath tradition of Shaivism. Pashupatinath Temple has been an important Hindu pilgrimage site and one of the 6 major traditions of Shaivism which worships Lord Shiva.

The Matangeshvara Mahadeva temple in Khajuraho is listed among the sandstone temples and is the only widely active place of worship.

The Lord Shiva Temple is one of the earliest Chandel-era monuments of Khajuraho and has been listed as a monument of national significance by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

The Bhojeshwar or Bhojpur temple in the village of Bhojpur houses one of the tallest Shiva Lingam in India, sits on a 115ft platform and the lingam is 7.5ft (2.3m) high . The temple is now part of the ASI and the monument is now protected under national significance.

Omkareshwar temple is located on an island called in Narmada river and one of the 12 revered Jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva. There are two main temples of Lord Shiva in Omkareshwar known as Mamleshwar temple and Omkareshwar temple on both banks of Narmada river.

Lord Shiva Temple at Kakanmath is one of the oldest temples built by the Kachchh Apnakhata dynasty at Sihoniya in Madhya Pradesh. Kakanmath Temple is surrounded by four other shrines and the ruins are now listed as a monument of national significance by the ASI.

Bhuteshwar Temple is the largest temple of Lord Shiva on the site. It was built during the reign of the Gurjara-Pratihara dynasty. The Bateshwar Hindu temples in northern Madhya Pradesh are a group of 200 Hindu temples, dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu and Shakti.

Chauragarh is the third highest peak in Satpura, Dhupgarh is the highest point of the Satpura range and the peak of Chauragarh houses the temple of Lord Shiva. There are almost 2 lakh Trishul in front of the temple at the top of the peak and cave around Jatashankar and Mahadev caves.

Maheshwar is the abode of Lord Shiva located on the banks of the Narmada River. There are so many temples located on the banks of the Narmada River and most of the temples are dedicated to Lord Shiva. Maheshwar town in Khargone district is also famous for hand weaving industry, Ahilya fort, Lord Rama temple, Datta temple and Narmada river ghats.

Gupteshwar Mahadev Mandir of Jabalpur is a must see place also considered as the Upalinga of Rameshwaram and said Lord Rama was established during the period of exile.

There are so many temples in Amarkantak, Amareshwar Mahadev temple is located very close to Amarkantak and one of the most visited tourist places in Madhya Pradesh. The city of Amarkantak in Madhya Pradesh is a unique natural heritage area, located at the meeting point of the Vindhya and Satpura ranges.

The Kandariya Mahadeva Temple is the largest ornate Hindu temple in Khajuraho, built during the Chandela dynasty. The temple complex covers 6 square kilometers at an altitude of 282 meters and also houses many famous temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu, God Surya, Goddess Shakti and Tirthankaras of Jain.

Also, preparation in several temples in the state capital like Bad Wale Mahadev, Gufa Mandir, Laxmi Narayan Mandir continues to celebrate Mahashivratri on a large scale. The preparation of Shiva Barats and paintings is in full swing.

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Posted: Monday, February 28, 2022, 2:18 PM IST