Today is Maha Shivratri 2018. It is the day when Hindu devotees stay awake all night to pay their respects to the revered Hindu deity Shiva. It is one of the most auspicious days of the Hindu calendar. People observe fasts on this day and spend hours chanting and praying to Lord Shiva. It is also a day when several Shiva temples are decorated with great zest. They become venues for religious gatherings as well as cultural events. (ALSO SEE Eight 1000-year-old temples in India you probably didnt know about) If you wish to witness Maha Shivratri in all its glory, here are some of the most famous Shiva temples in Maharashtra to visit today.
Perhaps the most popular Shiva temple in the state, the Trimbakehswar temple in Nashik is one of the twelve revered jyotirlingas of Shiva. It is located by the Godavari river giving it a nice backdrop which become truly scenic during the monsoon season.
Kailasa Shiva Temple, Ellora
Ajanta and Ellora caves are one of the best excursions in Maharashtra, especially if you are a history and geology buff. However, one special attraction here also appeals to those with a religious inclination. The Kailasa temple is a massive rock-cut temple in the Ellora caves dedicated to Lord Shiva. The fact that it is carved out of just one rock makes it all the more mesmerizing.
Ambreshwar Temple, Ambarnath
Also known as the Ambrantah temple, this shrine is located on the outskirts of the city on the banks of the Vadavan river. It is known for its beautiful stone carvings and architecture.
Walkeshwar Temple, Mumbai
While temples like Siddhivinayak temple and Mahalaxmi temple are famous attractions in Mumbai, the Walkeshwar temple holds special regard for Lord Shiva devotees. It is also known as Baan Ganga temple and is located at one of the highest points of the city. Thanks to its location, it is surrounded by some of the most posh localities of Mumbai and is close to some prominent landmarks.
Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga, Pune
And then there is the Bhimashankar temple in Pune, located amidst the lush green Sahyadri Hills. Like the Trimbakeshwar temple, this temple too is one of the twelve jyotirlinga temples of Lord Shiva, making it an extremely significant pilgrim spot for devotees on the occasion of Maha Shivratri. CHECK OUT 11 most famous Shiva temples in India that you must visit
So there you have it. Visit at leats one of these temple today to pay your respects to Lord Shiva or just to witness the devotion with which he is worshiped.