Kedareswar Temple Bhubaneswar
About Kedareswar Temple
The Kedareswar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is situated on the Madanachala Hill in Hajo. This Shiva temple is regarded as one of the ancient temples in the Indian subcontinent.
This temple hallows a huge Shivalinga, made of stone, which is prevalently known as the Svayambhu Linga. It is also denoted to as the Ardhanariswara form of Lord Shiva. This Shivalinga is always shielded by a huge metal bowl.
Kedareshwar Cave Temple is located at Harishchandragad, a hill fort in Ahmednagar district. The fort is a popular trekking location. Kedareshwar Cave Temple is much different from other temples. It is situated in a cave and also presence of water all year round makes the temple one of the unique temples not just in Maharashtra but in India as well.
A Shiva Linga of about five feet is situated at the centre of the cave. One has to wade through waist deep and ice cold water to reach the Shiva Linga. Though there were four pillars surrounding the Linga, now there is only one pillar intact. Some believe the pillars to be symbols of yuga or time, namely, Satya, Tretha, Dwapara and the Kali Yuga. The present pillar is said to symbolise the last and final yuga, which is the present one, the Kali Yug. Thus a belief exists that when this last and remaining pillar breaks off, the world will come to an end. The walls of the cave are replete with sculptures and carvings.
Kedareshwar Cave Temple is a must-visit for its unique built and the beliefs surrounding it. Trekkers too can enjoy a visit to the temple in a fort.
Nearest Airpot is Guwahati.
The Nearest Railway station is Guwahati.
Reaching Hajo is quite easy, as there is a good connectivity to this place from the nearby cities, like Guwahati, Tezpur etc. The town is situated at a distance of about 25 km to the west of Guwahati.
Hajo in Assam houses a number of religious places for the Hindus, the Buddhists and the Muslims. One such sacred space, for the Hindus is the Kedareswara temple in Hajo. The reigning deity of the temple is the Hindu God, Shiva. This is a well known medieval Shiva temple established in 1753 by the king from Ahom dynasty, Rajeswar Singha, according to the inscription written on the walls of the temple. The shrine is situated on top of the small hill called Madanchalla. The uniqueness of this temple lies in the fact that it has the rare self originated phallic symbol, or Swayambhu Linga, that too in the Ardhanariswara, or androgynous form. The linga is generally kept covered in a metal bowl. Historically, this is one of the most important temples in India. And therefore, apart from the religious pilgrimage, history and archeology enthusiasts also often visit this beautiful temple of Shiva.