Dhirdham and Mahakal Temples in Darjeeling

A place of religious importance, the Dhirdham Temple is a must-visit for tourists

A place of religious importance, the Dhirdham Temple is a must-visit for tourists

Dhirdham and Mahakal Temples Overview

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Dhirdham Temple is a Hindu temple deeply inspired by Tibetan and Buddhist architectural styles. It was built by Rai Saheb Purna Bahadur Pradhan in 1939 and is believed to be a reflection of the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal.

There is a statue of Lord Shiva here that represents the five different expressions of Lord Shiva in five situations and the third eye. Aartis are held at 8 am and 6 pm here every day. It is located close to the Darjeeling Railway Station.

Situated atop the Observatory Hill, the Mahakal temple offers one of most beautiful and curious religious observations. You will find a Hindu priest and a Buddhist monk sharing a common altar in perfect religious harmony here. Three shiva-lingas representing Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwar are believed to have been manifested here. Devotees walk around the shrine barefoot while ringing the bells placed around it. Hundreds of prayer flags tied to the shrine and trees that flutter in the breeze add to the peace and quiet here.

These holy sites are popular with the followers of both Buddhism and Hinduism.

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Darjeeling, West Bengal