The majestic Hatkeshwar Mahadev Temple is a very religious and popular shrine in Gujarat. It is the abode of Lord Shiva, a very popular mythological deity all over India. The Mahadev, as He was also called holds the age old family idol of the Nagar Brahmins in Vadnagar. The Nagar Brahmins are an ancient strong community in these areas. The Hatkeshwar Mahadev Temple holds the Shiva Linga in its inner chamber which is worshipped in widespread. A huge tower rises from the roof of the chamber that holds the self-appear Shiva Linga that is the center of worship here. There are three domes on the head of the temple surrounded by a high wall. The architecture of the temple is based on the styles of Indo-Saracenic construction. The inside of the temple has many heavily jeweled idols of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. The nine planets of the solar system are also there inside the temple.
The history of the Hatkeshwar Temple goes back to the mythological tales of Lord Shiva’s linga that goes deep down the Earth. The temple is very old close to 1800 years as Lord Shiva is considered as the Ishta Devta of the Nagar Brahmin community. The many rock carvings on the walls of the temple go back to the era of Lord Shiva and his wife Goddess Parvati. It is said that the linga of Lord Shiva is made of pure gold. It gets its name of Hatkeshwar from the surface of the inside of the earth called Patal as it is the mythological region. There is also a major history in how the Linga became golden and how Goddess Parvati introduced herself as Sita to test Ramachandra or Ram, as He is known to have many incarnations in the form of Lord Krishna and Vishnu.
Where is it located?
The Hatkeshwar Mahadev Temple is located in the Nadiol Gate in the city of Vadnagar in Gujarat, India. It can be reached from Mehsana by road which is 47 kilometers away. Ahmedabad is the nearest airport with 111 kilometers away. Siddhpur is the closest railway station at a distance of 42 kilometers.
Ideal Visiting Time
The Hatkeshwar Mahadev Temple can be visited anytime of the year as it is frequently witness huge crowd fall. One can experience great religious ceremonies performed by the Hindu priests during the day of Shiv Ratri that is held every year as devotees are seen bathing the Shiva linga with milk and flowers.