Tarkeshwar Mahadev Jaipur
In India Tarkeshwar Mahadev temples are considered as spiritual abode of Lord Shiva. The most famous being located in northern state of Uttarakhand. However, there is another popular address for Tarkeshwar Mahadev temple in India. it’s the Pink city of Jaipur. Tarkeshwar Mahadev in Jaipur is amongst oldest temples of Rajasthan and is the holiest place for devotees of Shaivism sect residing in & around Jaipur city.
This oldest and popular temple is however neither architecturally breathtaking nor is there any scenic beauty surrounding it. What actually has been drawing devotees to this temple for more than two centuries is its religious sanctity and spiritual aura that surrounds it. At the heart of this two century old temple is of course the Shiv Lingam, which bears typical black color and is exactly of 9 diameters.
Apart from this Holy Lingam, there are other sacred features to this Lord Shiva Temple, which have equally contributed in making this temple an important spiritual abode of the city. Amongst them the most prominent one is small Ganesha temple located in the adjoining Jagmohan Hall. And its prominence is less to do with its beautiful sculpture and more to do with the fact that it is amongst the rare Ganesha idol whose trunk is directed to towards left side. Any Ganesha idol with this rare trait is considered very auspicious and hence this humble & unassuming idol attracts equally huge number of devotees.
Another very prominent and indeed very sacred structure is the huge bronze color Nandi bull, which stands at the very entrance of this temple. Shiva devotees adherently bow their head in front of this Nandi bull, as Nandi is considered as ox of Lord Shiva. Apart from its sacred importance, bull is also visual treat to watch and lends a very aesthetic beauty to temple complex. And there are few other small temples too in this temples vicinity, including lord Hanuman temple which equally draws huge number of devotees.
Lastly, how can any talk or discussion about any famous Lord Shiva’s temple be complete without mentioning auspicious Mahashivratri festival. After all, it is the holiest and biggest festival for adherent Lord Shiva devotees. On this auspicious day the entire vicinity of Tarkeshwar Mahadev temple turns into big spiritual carnival. Devotees literally scramble for every inch of space on this auspicious day. In other days, on Mahashivratri festival all roads in Jaipur city lead to Tarkeshwar Mahadev temple.
Overall, Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple is as sacred and prominent as all other renowned temples of Jaipur. Although very humble and unassuming in terms of architectural beauty, but the devotional and spiritual aura deeply imbedded in this temple makes it really special & unique. In any case if you are searching for a temple in Jaipur city that is not grand or architectural beautiful, but deeply steeped in spiritual devotion then Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple is the perfect destination for you.
Landmark place: Chaura Rasta.