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Lord Shiva

Temple History

The place of worship belongs to (Lord Shiva) and is known as (Mahadev Khola Dham). Spiritual faith says that the 1st person to stopover in this location was a sadhu known as (Lakhiya Baba) who approached this place to ponder some (150 years) ago. This area was a bushy jungle at that point of time. It is believed that the major of Subhedar,Gurkha Rifles Battalion saw a sadhu appareled in red dress with a necklace of rudraksh in his vision. The sadhu ordered to search him and erect a small temple at the place.

As soon as he woke up, he along with all his army started searching and were surprised to find a Shivling. Now the current place of worship is the location of that quarry. Soon, parishioners started visiting this location and a concrete temple was built here. Slowly, people of diverse (Hindu community) came ahead and erected other places of worship for other goddesses and gods all over the chief site. You will find temples of Baba Ramdeo Maharaj,Tulsi Mata,Laxmi Narayan,Gauri Shankar Mahadev,Ganesh Durga,Lakshman Parivar,Surya Narayan,Bajrang Bali etc.On the side, there is a tiny opening where a small idol of Lord Shiv is placed. It is said that this cave leads to the sanctified Kamakhya Temple located in Guwahati and is said that the embodiment of (Lord Shiva) walked through this small cave. A story goes around this as it is said that a local also passed through this path and he reached a pond, which is supposed to be heaven. He was warned by the almighty not to reveal what he saw there or else he would turn to a stone. However, he could not resist and he narrated everything to the sadhus sitting outside the cave. As a result, he turned into a massive stone.

 

Additional Information

Whatever may be the truth, the Mahadev Khola Dham is very popular with the devotees who come here in large numbers to pray and ask for boons. All around the Mahadev Khola Dham are other temples said to have been constructed by the faithful devotees who came here. The temple has a steady stream of devotees visiting here daily, but it is during the festivals that this place really comes to its own. This cave-temple is believed to be 150 years old. Shivratri is celebrated with religious fervor and the temple and its surroundings are packed with devotees and visitors, reveling in the festivities

Mahadev Khola Dham is well connected to all major foremost places in Meghalaya or neighboring states like Assam etc via road network. From Shillong Airport Mahadev Khola Dham is 32.7 km, from Guwahati Railway Station it is 98.6 km and from Shillong Public Transport Service Bus Depot, it is 4.2 km. Mahadev Khola Dham is 2.2 km from Laststop Bus Stop
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