The history of Pataleshwar Shiv Mandir is interesting. King Siddharaj Solanki of Solanki era was born at this place. In the festival, Queen Minaldevi ordered that a well should be dug for the thirsty travelers. The Shivalinga originated while digging the well and only then later the Pataleshwar temple was constructed in the shape of a well.
It was aptly christened Patal-eshwar, which means ‘Lord under the ground’; The actual temple built in the 8th century AD lies 40 feet below the ground, while the new structure on top has only been recently added.
Many of the original stones that were used to construct the temple have inscriptions on them that depict various symbols for the snakes that adorn Lord Shiva’s neck.
It is a Swayanbhu Shivlinga (self-created), and people think it spontaneously sprang from the ground. A lion is said to have roared twice a day, in the morning and in the evening, close to the temple in ancient times.
A stunning statue of the serpent god Nandi is also present in front of the temple. Many saints frequently come here to reflect.
Other legends behind shri Pataleshwar Mandir, Hajipur
It is said that during the exile period of Pandavas, Arjun meditated hard for lord Shiva. Pleased with his dedication, lord Shiva appeared himself before Arjun and asked him to ask for a boon.
Arjun prayed lord Shiva to stay at this place. Lord Shiva accepted his prayer and told him that he will stay there as shiv ling and any one who worships him and pours water on the Shivling will be blessed and fulfilled with all his wishes.
One of the famous cave temples in Bihar, Chandika Sthan is situated in Munger, in Bihar on the bank of river Ganga, among the Vindhya mountain in a cave.
Chandika Sthan is one of the fifty one Shakti Peethas, places of worship consecrated to the goddess Shakti.
The temple is situated at the Northeast corner of the city of Munger.
The famous shaktipeetha temple is just two kilometers away from the Munger town.
Being a Siddhi-Peetha, this temple is considered to be one of the most sacred and sanctified temples.
Legend behind Chandika Sthan Munger
The Chandika Sthan Temple is one of the Shakti Peetha’s, the divine shrine of Shaktism.
The mythology of Daksha Yaga and Sati’s self-immolation and Shiva carrying the corpse of Sati Devi is the story of origin behind the Shakti Peetha shrines. It is believed that Sati Devi’s left eye has fallen here.
According to the legend, it was done to spare the world from Lord Shiva’s wrath while he travelled with Sati’s corpse.
According to the same tale, the left eye of the Sati fell in Munger, which later turned into a temple dedicated to the Divine Mother Chandi. According to the conventional wisdom of the local folklore, Chandika Sthan is renowned among the several Shakti peethas for its ability to treat eye problems.
Another legend relating this temple is about King Karna of the ancient kingdom of Anga. Karna used to worship Chandi Mata on a daily basis. Raja Karna used to worship Maa daily, he used to daily come in mandir and jump into boiling ghee, according to saints, Maa used to give Darshan to Raja Karna and made his dead body alive.
In return, the Goddess gave him 11/4 pounds (equivalent to 50 kilogrammes) of gold to give to the needy and downtrodden at Karanchaura, which is now a local name for the area.
Shakti Peeth Maa Chandika Sthan is a historical site that is located in the eastern part of the city of Munger, along the banks of the Ganga, in a cave among the Vindhya Mountains.
The place where the temple is situated, is the place where left eye of Maa had fallen.
How to reach Chandika Sthan temple
Chandika Sthan is located approx 1 km from ITC Ltd, Basudeopur, Munger
Nearest railway station is Munger Junction
Nearest airport is Patna airport
There are cab and autos available from railway station as well as airpot for the mata How to reach Chandika Sthan temple.
Dev surya mandir Aurangabad Bihar – Dedicated to the Surya devata, Sun temple of Deo is one of the most popular temples in Bihar.
So what is unique about this temple. This is the sun temple which faces west , the setting sun and not the usual raising Sun.
Dev Surya Mandir kahan hai?
The temple is located in Deo Town, Aurangabad.
Deo is located 10-km to the southeast of Aurangabad.
Deo mandir aurangabad architecture
Dev Surya Mandir Aurnagabad is one of the remarkable and notable temple and religious place in Bihar.
The Sun temple of Deo is a 100-ft tall structure, with an umbrella-like top.
The tradition of worshipping the Sun God and bathing in his Brahma Kund dates back to King Ayel’s reign.
The temple is both old and well-constructed. The temple architecture is a mix of nagara design and other contemporary designs like Vesara and Dravidian Architecture.
The primary structure is a shikhara, a pyramid-shaped stone structure with ornate carvings.
The frontal part and the courtyard were constructed later.
There are three idols in the sanctum that are not the original presiding god (Vishnu, Surya, and Avalokitesawara).
You will find some broken idols. There arfe three damaged idols which are preserved outside the main sanctum in the front hall part, as it is not customary to worship a broken deity.
Surya (the Sun God) sculpture with seven horses and one Uma- Maheshwara statue is one of the broken sculptures, while Vishnu is the other.
You will also fins a Shivalinga and a lord Ganesha idol and an ancient inscription stone is installed in the interior of the temple.
This temple is considered very auspicious and during the festival of Chatth puja and Adra Nakshatra tithi on Sundays, you will find lot of devotees here.
The Surya Kund is about one km away from the main temple.
The two tanks on either side of the road, known as Rudra Kund (left) and Surya Kund (Right) are believed to have medicinal properties and is is said that a dip in these lakes cure leprosy and other acute ailments
Deo surya mandir history
Below is the legend behind the Dev surya mandir Aurangabad in Bihar.
It is believed that Lord Vishwakarma was once entrusted with constructing temples in a single night. And hence the temple was constructed in one night!
But the temple you see today, is believed to have been built by Bhairvendra Singh, a Chandravanshi king of Umga.
Dev surya mandir is among the rarest and oldest of Sun temples of India.
There is a shilalekha outside of the temple , on which a shloka is inscribed, which has been taken from the book of Aryabhatta that says that on the fifth day of Magha month’s shukla paksha, Thursday, Eila’s son Aiel established this Sun temple in Tretayuga twelve lakh sixteen thousand years ago.
Manu had a daughter named Eila. According to folklore, while hunting in the forest here, King Aiel, who was suffering from leprosy, discovered that the muddy water of a pit cured him of the sickness.
He dreamt of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh statues in the pit and hence ordered to install them there.
So a temple was built at this place.
People say that these three statues depict the eleventh form of Sun God out of twelve.
Sun God is depicted as Brahma in Udayakal, as Mahesh in Madhyakal and as Vishnu at Astakal. Below the central statue of Sun God as Mahesh, a chariot is depicted being pulled by seven horses and Arjun as charioteer.
The holy land of Deo is also a historical site where tourists will find the ruins of ancient forts built primarily during the reign of Raja Jagannath Singh.
Deo, during the period of his kingdom, had blossomed into a major city. His primary administrative centre was in “Kanchanpur” hamlet, some 3-4 kilometres south of Deo.
Aadditional tourist attractions include forests and Baba Siddhanath’s temple, which is located near the settlement of Bara Khurd on the bodla mountain.
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Gayasura, a demon, once performed a penance and asked for a boon that everybody who saw him would attain salvation (Moksham).
Because salvation is obtained by being righteous during one’s lifetime, individuals began to attain it more easily.
To prevent immoral people from attaining Moksha Lord Vishnu asked Gayasura to go beneath the earth and did so , by placing his right foot on the asura’s head.
Lord Vishnu’s footprint remained on the earth’s surface after he pushed Gayasura beneath it, and we still see it today.
Shankam, Chakram, and Gadham are among the nine symbols found on the footprint.
These are thought to be lord’s weapons.
Gayasura, who had been shoved into the ground, begged for food. Lord Vishnu bestowed upon him the gift that someone would offer him meals every day.
Those who do so will have their souls accepted into heaven. It is said that if Gayasura does not receive nourishment for a day, he will emerge and till today different parts of country people pray for the welfare of the departed souls and offer food, feeding Gayasura.
Within the temple stands the immortal , Akshayavat tree , where the final rituals for the dead take place.
There is another legend behind the Vishnupad temple !
If you notice Falguni river, there is no much water in the river at Gaya, though apparently, there is water upstream as well as downstream.
This is apparently because of a curse on the river.
According to legend, Lord Rama travelled to Gaya with his siblings and Goddess Sita to do the sacred ceremonies for his father, Dasaratha.
Ma Sita was seated on the riverbanks, while the brothers were bathing. King Dasaratha , then emerged from the sand and claiming to be hungry , requested for the Pindanam.
Mata Sita requested that he wait till his boys returned before she prepared the traditional Pindam of rice and tilam for him.
King Dasaratha refused to wait and demanded that she give him pindams made from the sand she was holding.
She had no choice but to grant him the Pindam he requested in the presence of five witnesses: the Akshaya Vatam, the Falguni River, a cow, a Tulsi plant, and a Brahmin.
Lord Rama came there soon after and began the ceremonies. Apparently, in those days, the ancestors would come in person to collect their portion, and when King Dasaratha did not show up, they were perplexed.
Mata Sita then informed them of what had occurred, but Lord Rama could not believe his father would take sand pindams.
Sita now stated her witnesses and requested that they inform Rama of the truth.
Only the Akshaya Vatam stood by her and stated the truth, while the others lied in an attempt to support Rama’s side.
Being angry with their behavior, Ma Sita cursed them all, saying that the Falguni river would no longer have water at Gaya, and that the Cow would no longer be worshipped from the front and that there would be no more Tulsi plants at Gaya, and that the Gaya Brahmins would never be satisfied, that they would always be hungry and crave more and more.
She then blessed the Akshaya Vatam, promising that everyone who came to Gaya would also conduct the Pinda pradaanam there.
A hence a Pind Daan done at Gaya on Panchakroshi Gayakshetra is believed to guarantee a safe passage for the souls of twelve generations.