This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is considered to be a sacred pilgrimage site for the Hindus. This sacred temple is surrounded with walls and its gate is approachable via three flights of the stairs. It is located close to the sea shore bordering Pakistan and is made of stone. It is most popular place to visit in Gujarat. The temple comprises of three domes and it is central dome that is constructed exquisitely. Whereas the right side dome contains the image of Bal Hanuman in stone and last dome contains the stone made image of Ganesha. Every year pilgrims come here to worship the Shiva linga and seek blessings for their loved ones. The height of this linga is about two feet and is elliptical in shape and color is black.
Moving towards the west end of Kutch, visitors will come across to another pilgrimage site called Mata no Madh temple which is dedicated to goddess Ashapura. The place is also perfect for having morning breakfast with nice strolling around shallow creek and beaches of the sea. On moving further tourists will arrive in Narayan Sarovar temple that is mainly known for its sacred water lake. Visitors will able to experience the intriguing attraction of West Kutch in a place called Lakhpat.
The temple with its strange association with legend has become the most favorite travel spot of the tourists all over the world. Once they visit here they will experience utter calmness and natural beauty of the region. After worshipping the deity visitors can sit in the nearby garden to relax and enjoy the serenity of the place.
The temple was developed in the year of 1820 by Seth Sundarji and Jetha Shivji Brahmashaktirya. The foundation of this temple is also closely attached with the legend of Ramayana. It is a popular belief among the inhabitants of the region that the temple was the outcome of the arrogance of Ravana. According to legend, Lord Shiva presented his linga to Ravana after pleased upon his display of determined meditation and penance. But Ravana because of his carelessness dropped it on to the earth which ultimately fallen on Koteshwar. This finally resulted into the formation of identical lingas which made it impossible for Ravana to decipher the actual one. Unable to trace the original linga, he returned with the fake one which in turn contributed to the development of this temple. The reference of this sacred temple is also found in the notebook of the renowned Chinese pilgrim Hue an Sang which was written during the period of 910 A.D.
Where is it located?
The Koteshwar temple is situated at the western tip of Lakhpat taluka of Gujarat’s Kutch district. From the city of Bhuj it will approximately take 215 km to reach the place and from Narayan Sarovar the distance is only about 4 km.
Ideal Visiting Time
July-August is the most appropriate time to visit this temple.