Maha Shivratri is one of the biggest festivals in India and is observed in the honour of Lord Shiva. One of the reasons to celebrate this day is that the formless God, Sadashiv appeared in the form of "LingodbhavMoorti" during midnight on MahaShivratri. Hence, all Mahadeva devotees keep vigil at night of this festival and perform "Shivlingamabhishekham" at midnight.
It is also regarded as a new day for Sadhak for spiritual growth and material accomplishment. The holy festival starts by Rudrabhishek (including ghee, dhoop, milk, water, BeelPatra, Agarbatti, flowers)in temples and almost everyone offers prayers in the morning and evening and some even observe fast throughout the day.
Jaipur is one of the most beautiful and cultural cities of India because of the rich legacy and traditions, and famous religious temples. Here festivals are celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm and most of them have religious significance like MahaShivratri, and attracts a large number of tourists on this auspicious day.
Feel the essence of spiritualism with the holy visit to various Shiva temples of Pink City:
1. Eklingeshwar Temple
This temple is located on the JLN route behind the Moti Dungari and Birla Mandir. Mahadeva disciples wait for the complete year to worship in this temple. Sources reveal that the statue of Lord Parvati and God Ganesha with Lord Shiva was established, but the icons disappeared, after that, once again the idols were placed but became extinct automatically. Henceforth, nobody dared to set up any statue beside Bhagwan Shankar in the temple.
2. Tarkeshwar Temple
This is a temple particularly dedicated to Lord Shiva, located in Chaura Rasta of Jaipur and is said to be built around 1784. Being the old and famous one, it has a hundred thousands of followers and visitors per day. The statue of Shivling is made in a 9” diameter bearing typical black colour.
3. Jharkhand Mahadev Temple
This famous Shiva building started constructing in 1916 in South – Indian style, which is why the temple is very old. Earlier, it was located between the farms but is now situated in one of the posh localities of Jaipur. Nandi’s statue was constructed around 2006.
4. Ambikeshwar Mahadev Temple
This temple is located in Amber Fort of Jaipur. The floor area of the temple is at least 6 feet below the level of road and was constructed by Ambika King. It is decorated with a prominent Shikhar. Other than this, this holy place is constructed in Nagara style of temple architecture. This temple is believed to be 5000 years old or more than that.
After standing in the long queues of devotees, you will surely need the best hotel in Jaipur to stay, with all the good facilities near above - mentioned temples. So, it is best to book the hotel in advance to avoid last minute rush.