Tilbhandeshwar Mahadev Mandir
Shri Tilbhandeshwar Mahadev Mandir also known as Tilbhandeshwar Mahadev Mandir and Tilbhandeshwar Mandir, is one of the oldest and most famous temples in the holy city of Varanasi. This temple has great religious importance in Hinduism and is dedicated to the Lord Shiva. Tilbhandeshwar Mandir is believed to be constructed in 18th century.
It has assimilated Malayali and Hindu cultures in its broad fold. The temple has Shivalingam in the Garbhagriha. Like many other temples of the worlds’ oldest living city of Varanasi the temple has surfaced itself and hence called Swyambhu, translates to appeared itself. Unlike many other gods worshipped in deity form there are rare instances of worshipping Lord Shiva in deity or idol form. In almost all temples of India the supreme god Lord Shiva is worshipped in Shivalingam form. Though there is no evidence of starting of cult of Shivalingam or Phallus worship it is believed that it dates back to Harappan civilization as Shiva in Lingam form was worshipped as reverence to the power of regeneration because he is considered as the destroyer of the universe. But the form worshipped in Harappan Civilization was that of Pashupati, a synonym of Lord Shiva. Pashupati means master of animals or creatures; it is because he is said to have surrounded by animals in many myths of Indian Culture.
Tilbhandeshwar Temple is located near Bangal Tola Inter College and next to Madanpura, the famous Banarasi Sarees weavers’ colony. It is believed that Shivalingam present in the center of the temple increases with passage of time. Geologists believe that these happenings are not supernatural. It is because of endogenic forces and movements of the earth. It is said that Goddess Sharda, Goddess of knowledge has spent here some days. The devotees of the temple come here to worship and offer other things dear to god in order to appease him for their well being.
Maha Shivaratri, Shravan Nagapanchami and Ayappa Pooja are the main festivals celebrated at the precincts of the temple. Besides there is a huge crowed on every Monday as the day is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is not only unique thing of Indian culture but also in Roman and Greek cultures people used to celebrate days and name planets on the name of Gods and Goddesses. Mars, Jupiter, Venus, Mithiro, are not merely planets but also relates to great traditions of Roman and Greek cultures.
Temple has a serene premise to attract anyones attention. Unlike many other bustling temples of the city the Tilbhandeshwar Temple has a calm and pristine nature around itself. If you are a spiritual being you can enjoy long hours to meditate in the capturing silence of the temple.
Temple opens at 4.30 am in the morning and closes 9 pm at night. Daily the Shringar is done after 3:30 pm and special shringar is done on every Monday which is a real beautiful thing to see and everyday around 10 AM & 7 PM the bhog and aarti is done .
Shri Tilbhandeshwar Mahadev Mandir is situated in Pandey Haveli, Bhelupur, adjacent to Bengali Tola Inter College, 500 meters East of river Ganga, 3.2 kilometers North of Banaras Hindu University and 1.5 kilometers South-West of Shri Kashi Vishwanath Mandir.
The ShivLingam is said to increase by size of a 'til'. This fact is proven scientifically and it is a miracle which can be seen by the eyes.Presently the visible part of the Shiv Ling is almost 3.5 ft. and the diameter of the base would be around 3 ft. (approx). The exact height of whole Shiv Lingam is not known bt it must be around 20 ft. There is a special silence in the temple unlike other temples ther is no 'panda' system so one can go to main Garbh Griah where the Shiv Ling is offer Jal and can sit and meditate in the feet of Lord.
From Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport, Tilbhandeshwar Temple is about 26 Km, it is located about 5 km from the Varanasi Cantt Railway Station, 5 Km from Varanasi Bus Stand and 9 km from the Durga Temple. You can reach the temple by taxi, auto or rickshaw from any part of the Varanasi city.
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