Mahakal Temple in Darjeeling

Mahakal Temple Overview

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Situated on the Observatory Hill in Darjeeling, the Mahakal Temple represents a unique amalgam of Hindu and Buddhist cultures. This temple stands where the original Dorjeling Monastery was present in olden times, before it got destroyed in an invasion and was eventually shifted to a new location with a new name. According to beliefs, the temple enshrines three Shiva Lingams, which got manifested on their own in the year 1782. This temple has three gold-plated idols of the widely-worshipped trio of Hindu Gods – Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.

On entering the temple premises, the first thing that grabs the attention of devotees is the presence of Buddhist prayer flags. The chant of Hindu prayers and recitation of Buddhist scriptures form a spectacular ambience, which is probably found only at this place.

  • Photo Opp

    As this temple is perched atop a hillock, it offers an opportunity to click some beautiful photographs of the surroundings. You can click several pictures of this Hindu shrine, which is adorned with colourful Buddhist flags.

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Chauk Bazaar, Darjeeling, 734101, West Bengal