Lord Shiva

Temple History

Kurukshetra town lies in Haryana state and is about 160 KM North of Delhi, 39 Km North of Karnal and 40 Km South of Ambala, at a distance of 6 Km from Pipli an important road junction on the National Highway no 1 popularly known as Grant Trunk Road.

Shthaneshwar Mahadev Temple is more than 5000 years old. It's dedicated to Lord Shiva and holds immense mythological and historical importance. As per the legend, Lord Brahma laid the first lingam of Lord Shiva here and hence, he was first worshipped in this temple only.

Archeologists trace the architecture of the temple to Sthaneshwar, an ancient capital of Harsha Vardhana. One can see the roof of the temple shaped like an amla dome with lofty pinnacles. The temple houses an ancient statue of the Shiva Linga which is believed to be the first idol of Shiva in the phallic form.

Stahnu means the place where Lord Shiva resides.The city was the capital of King Harshavardhana. The roof of this temple is in the form of a dome. The area in front of this roof is in the form of a “amla”. There are ancient paintings carved on the inside of the roof. The Shiva-linga in this temple is an ancient Shiva-linga. The temple is divided into two parts. The left side is dedicated to LakshmiNarayan and the right side to Lord Shiva. The idols of Bhairava, Hanumana, Lord Rama and Goddess Durga are also established in this temple.

Pandavas along with Lord Krishna visited this temple to worship Lord Shiva to seek his blessings for their victory in the war of Mahabharata. Any pilgrimage to Kurukshetra is considered incomplete without visiting this temple. There is a lovely pond in the premises of temple, and people believe that its holy water has high healing powers. A big blue beautiful idol of Lord Shiva resting on a stone slab stands in the middle of the pond. People from nearby towns, who suffer from various diseases, visit this temple to take a bath in the water, hoping to get cured. In the past, King Ban's leprosy was cured when he took a dip in this holy water. Guru Tegh Bahadur Singh, who was the 9th Sikh guru, also stayed in this temple, which is also a reason that a Sikh Gurudwara was built next to this temple.


Additional Information

Mahashivratri, the Hindu festival dedicated to Lord Shiva, is celebrated in this temple with grandeur.

There are two Bus Stands in Kurukshetra. One at Pipli which is on National Highway and easily accessible for the visitors coming from all the major cities of India. Another Bus stand is at Kurukshetra. Buses of Haryana Roadways and other State Corporations ply through Kurukshetra and connect it to Delhi, Chandigarh and other important places.

Thanesar City Railway Station is 2.4 km and Kurukshetra Jn is 3.9 km from the temple.

The nearest airport is Chandigarh Airport which is 97.4 km from the temple.
  • Morning 6:00 AM To 8:00 PM
  • Contact Person: Temple Office
  • Contact Number: 0172 272 0437