5000 Year Old Milk Temple of Lord Shiva Ghaziabad Uttarpradesh
In India from time immemorial, absolute Brahma is being worshipped in the Linga Form. The Jyothirlinga is a representation of devotional object, an aspect of God in Hinduism, the shrine of Supreme Lord Shiva who is worshipped in this form
. He is the presiding Deity of crematorium where the impure body travels for its final Journey, where the body gets purified by His Grace and attains Salvation.
There are many temples for Lord Shiva in each and every corner of India from North to South and also exists in other parts of the world like Nepal, Pakistan, SriLanka, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Java, Sumatra etc. He is the one of the most powerful deity among Hindu Gods, who when worshipped with full devotion bestows numerous boons upon his devotees and protects them from Evil Spirits.
Lord Shiva with Consort Parvathi
In India people venerate twelve "Self-incarnated Lingas" known as Jyothirlingas-the form of Lord Shiva. Here Jyothi means 'Radiance' and lingam the 'Image or Sign' of Shiva; Jyothirlingam thus means the "The Radiant Sign of The Almighty Shiva". There are total twelve famous traditional Jyothirlinga shrines present in India, out of which 5 of them are present in Maharashtra.
Twelve Jyothirlingas of Lord Shiva
According to Shiva Purana:
Somnath in Saurashtra (Gujarat), Mallikarjuna at Sri Sailam (Kurnool-Andhra Pradesh), Mahakaleshwar (Ujjain-Madhya Pradesh), Mamleshwar Omkareshwar (Mandhatapur-Madhya Pradesh), Neemar (Madhya Pradesh), Vaidyanath (Jharkhand-Bihar), Bhimashankar (Dakini,Pune-Maharashtra), Rameshwaram (Tamil Nadu), Aundha Naganatha (Jamnagar,Hingoli-Maharashtra), Vishwanath (Banaras-Uttar Pradesh), Tryambakeshwar (Nashik-Maharashtra), Kedareshwar (Himalayas-Uttarkhand), Ghrishneshwar (Rock cut Shiva Temple in Elora Caves near Aurangabad-Maharashtra)
The Twelve Jyothirlingas of Lord Shiva
Saurashtre Somanaatham Cha Sree Saile Mallikarjunam
Ujjayinyaam Mahaakaalam Omkaare Mamaleswaram
Himalaye to Kedaram Daakinyaam Bhimashankaram
Vaaranaasyaam cha Viswesam Trayambakam Gowtameethate
Paralyaam Vaidyanaatham cha Naagesam Daarukaavane
Setubandhe Ramesham Grushnesam cha Shivaalaye ||
Significance of this Sloka:
The one who recites these 12 names of Jyothirlingas
regularly in the morning and evening will get benefitted by washing away all the sins committed in the previous 7 births and attains all the powers and Siddhis.
Today there are some Self Manifested Shiva Lingas unknown to the World, than these Twelve Jyothirlingas
in the country. One such is the Shri Dudheshwar Nath Mahadev Temple on the banks of Hindon river in Ghaziabad
, which is the Gateway to Uttar Pradesh
Entrance of Shri Dudheshwar Nath Temple
Shri Dudheshwar Nath Temple
is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and is the only self incarnated Shiva Lingam located 2 km away on banks of Hindon River, in Ghaziabad, Uttarpradesh, India.
It is well stated in Puranas about this temple's existence near the Hindon River
. The Shiva Linga (Self-incarnated form of Lord Shiva) in the Temple is one of the must see places in Ghaziabad
with many saints, their samadhis present in the temple complex, where one who does worship to the Lord never comes back with empty hand. This temple is frequently visited by College students and the Army soldiers as they have an army base near to this temple.
The Divine Jyothirlinga of Dudheshwar Nath Mandir
The Hindon river is also known as Harnandi, Hamad and Hirnada who is the daughter of Lord Brahma, the Creator.
Lord Shiva is considered the physical form of Lord Brahma
, who is well known as Har Har Mahadev, Bhole Shankar and Bholenath. He is One of the God in the Hindu Trinity
(3 GODS) :-Lord Brahma-As The Creator, Lord Vishnu-As The Preserver and Lord Shiva-For Destruction and Restoration of Universe.
His consort originated from Maa Nav Durga, known as Parvathi. She is also known as Umadevi and Gauri.
History of this Temple:
The genuinenous of Shri Dudheshwar Nath Mahadev Math Mandir
is historically authenticated and proved. This temple is believed to be 5000 years old. There is also evidence of history related to 550 year old ShriMahant tradition of this temple.
According to Legends, Bisrakh a small village used to be a dense forest in Ghaziabad. There used to live one great sage named Vishweshwarva who was the father of Ravana and a great devotee of Lord Shiva. As Bisrakh is ancestral village of Ravana, hear nobody celebrates Dussehera or Ramleela. To pay tribute of Ravana's father this village got named as Vishweshwarva Raksh, which is today known as Bisrakh.
In Treta Yuga
(The Silver Age-the second of the four yugas according the Hindu mythology), before the birth of Lord Rama, Pulasatya
used to reside in Bisrakh, who is the father of Kuber
, and wished Kuber to meet him whenever possible, but Kuber couldn't make it happen. As Kuber was best friend of Lord Shiva, Pulsatya wanted to use their friendship in favour of him and started doing penance for Lord Shiva in Hindon forest. Upon pleased by Pulasatya's penance, Lord Shiva appeared along with Goddess Parvathi infront of him and said he lives in Kashi and Kailash.
As he did penance to Lord Shiva to be present there, Lord Shiva asked him to built second kashi for him (Shiva) where he would stay for ever.
History of this Temple
As Mount Kailash is the abode of Lord Shiva, before leaving Hindon, He left a Jyothirlinga as a gift to Pulastya and to other human beings.
Thus this is the place where Lord Shiva along with Goddess Parvathi had left this Jyotirlinga as an identification mark which fulfills all the wishes of his devotees, on the banks of river Hindon
and a temple got constructed known as Shri Dudheshwar Nath Mahadev Math Mandir.
Another Legend says, with the changing time and annihilation Vishweshwarva's Kailash went into oblivion. When people forgot this holy linga a mound was made by nature over the Shri Dudheshwar Jyothirlinga
which was covered with green grass, small and big trees. This mound was used to graze the cows by the then people. One day a shepherd noticed a cow grazing there and releasing its milk through their udders on the ground of this holy linga.
Upon knowing this instance, the local villagers dug a hole on the spot and got to see this magnificient self incarnated linga which was a surprise to them. Later, a shrine got constructed at that spot. Hence this Shiv Linga is termed as Dudheshwar
(Dudh means Milk in Hindi).
(the last of the four yugas), this self incarnated Hiranygarbha Shri Dudheshwar Jyothirlinga was manifested on the 3rd November, Monday in 1454 A.D. i.e. Month of Kartika Shukla, on Vaikuntha Chaturdashi Thithi, in the year of Vikram Samvat 1511.
Significance of this Temple:
1)This Jyothirlinga is very well known for its miraculous divine powers which fulfills the wishes of its devotees who come across from different parts of the country to pay their offerings for their desires to be fulfilled and also attracts lots of tourists from across the country all through the year.
2)It is the holy temple for married couples who come for the seek of blessings of an offsprings.
Their is also belief that offering milk on this Shiva Linga-"Dudh Abhishekam" cures all the ailments and takes away all the sorrows in one's life.
Abhishekam with Milk to Lord Shiva
Other Attractions in the Temple:
1)This temple has Jeeva Samadhis of some saints who had did penance and got samadhied in the temple itself and had immense powers who fulfills the wishes of the devotees coming here to pray to them. It is believed that devotees get answers from these saints as well.
2)The saints who did panance and got samadhied here are Garib Giri Ji Maharaj, Ilaichi Giri Ji Maharaj, Gujraan Giri Ji Maharaj, Narayan Giri Ji Maharaj, Kailash Giri Ji Maharaj, Ganga Giri Ji Maharaj, Yogi Etbaar Giri Ji Maharaj, Saint Budha Giri Ji Maharaj, Daulat Giri Ji Maharaj and Nithyanand Giri Ji Maharaj. These saints did penance to seek blessings of Lord Shiva and attained miraculous powers such as turning even mud into Gold.
3)One Saint samadhi named Illachi Maharaj is so popular that he is offered Cardamam on his samadhi. The one who gets their wish fulfilled inturn offers Gold Cardamam to that saint.
4)This temple is having saints doing penance from Treta yuga
onwards to seek the blessing of Lord Shiva.
5)The well in the temple premises shows presence of milk in it which is a mystery.
6)The one who visits this temple and worships this jyothirlinga for 40 days and pays tribute to the Lord Shiva gets his wish fulfilled very soon.
7)This temple is also running a Veda Pathshala for the students who recide here and get trained best with the Vedas and on going education.
8)There is a historical fire sacrificial pit (Dhooni) as seen in Shirdi, in the temple premises, which is continuously ignited since 3rd November, 1454 till today. The one who applies this sacred ash of this holy pit on their forehead gets mental peace and boon of fulfillment of their desires.
Saints Who Did Penance in this Temple
Worship to Saint Samadhis Present in This Temple
Shri Dugdheshwar Nath Math Mandir Uttar Pradesh
Veda Pathashala and Hawan Kund inside the Temple
Celebration of Festivals:
The Ghaziabad city pays homages to all the festivals held in the city and certain occasions. The festivals celebrated here althrough the year are Shivarathri, Diwali, Rama Navami, Holi, Janmashtami, Naga Panchami, etc. This temple draws visitors around 50,000 at the time of Janmashtami which is decorated with lights and bulbs giving it a prestine look at this time.
Temple Timings:Temple open in morning from 4:00AM - 7:30PM in evening.
Pratap Vihar, Prem Nagar,
Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh 201009, India
Shri Mahant Narayan Giri Ji: 9990571008/9412223911
Email Id: firstname.lastname@example.org
How to Reach:
By Road: Ghaziabad is 20kms to Delhi from where all the means of transport are easily accessible to reach this temple. The Ghaziabad Bus station is around 1 km to the temple.
By Train: There is train facility to Ghaziabad Junction Railway Station-Delhi-Junction Point-NDLS/DLI/MTC/ALJN/MB, of Station Rd, Daulatpura, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh Str.(2.17km), and the other is Ghaziabad Railway Station-Ghaziabad-Arya Nagar Rd Str.(2.18km).
By Air: The Nearby Airports to Ghaziabad are Indira Gandhi International Airport-New Delhi (38.4km), Agra Airport-Kheria Air Force Station-Agra (205.61km) and Kheria Airport-Agra (208.27km).
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