Takhteshwar Mahadev

The Takhteshwar Mahadev temple is an old temple in Bhavnagar named after the then Maharaj of Bhavnagar, Takhatshinji. The temple is the abode of Lord Shiva and was constructed under the order of Maharaj Takhatshinji. The temple is situated atop a hill and the visitors can get a grand view of the city of Bhavnagar from its vicinity as it is at the highest point. The Shiva idol that is worshipped here has three eyes according to the Hindu mythologies. The three eyes denote the creator, the preserver and the destroyer. The Holy Trinity as it is commonly called in the Purana sages makes the Lord Shiva idol here very religious and powerful. The Takhteswar Mahadev temple is one of the oldest temples built around 1893 AD. The temple is made of white marble as the main component with a courtyard at the entrance engulfed in trees and leading to the main temple from a flight of white marble steps.

History

The temple is rich in religious history dating back to many centuries ago. There are many symbols and images of other holy Hindu Gods and Goddesses spread across the temple area. There is also a small statue of Lord Shiva’s closest disciple Nandi, who was a human form of a bull. The pillars of the temple are pristine white in color and the main Shiva mandap is located under the sikhara. The temple roof is typical like any other pyramid shape structure that completes the ancient styles of Hindu temples. The setting of the temple offers a candid view to the city beneath and also to the sea of Gulf of Cambay. The temple area leads through greenery that makes it a perfect place for religious as well as recreational purposes. There are 18 pillars of white marble the makes up the base of the temple.

Where is it located?

The Takhteshwar Temple is located in the city of Bhavnagar. It is connected to Ahmedabad via buses and rail at a distance of 200 kilometers away. There is also a domestic airport at Bhavnagar.

Ideal Visiting Time

The Mahadev temple is followed by thousands of people. The religious strength of the Takhteshwar Temple receives a huge footfall during Shiv Ratri where devotees from far and wide come to worship the Holy Trinity idol. The temple can be visited anytime of the year but special ceremonies are held every year during Hindu religious festivals.

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