• Shiva

Baniya Chaturmukhi Mahadev Temple

Overview


Chaumuki Mahadev Temple at Vaishali in Bihar is an ancient temple with a huge Shiva ling which has four faces carved on it. The shrine is also known as Vikramadithya Chaumuki Mahadev Temple and is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

The temple is in the midpoint between Kasi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi and Baba Vaidyanath Dham in Deoghar. The temple lost prominence during the 5th century as a result of the attack of foreign invaders. The Shiva ling was rediscovered around 150 years ago while digging a well in the region. The people have now built a temple around the Shiva ling. During the excavation in 1945, a gold coin was obtained which belonged to the Chandragupta-II "Vikramadithya" period.


About The Deity


Baniya Chaturmukhi Mahadev Temple

Located on the north-eastern side of Vaishali City, the temple consists of a "Chaturmuki Shiva ling" which is made of large black stone. The mouth of the Shiva ling comprises of four gods namely - Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh and Surya. The Shiva ling faces south. The third eye of one of the faces is open and it faces south. Beneath the Shiva ling, there are three large circular "Argha".


Legend


According to legend, the temple existed during the Ramayana period. Lord Rama, Lakshmana and Sage Vishwamithra visited the temple while on their way to kingdom of Janaka. It is believed that Buddha and Mahavir stayed in the shrine.


Festivals


The most important festival in the temple is Shivrathri, Shravan month and Shravan Poornima.


Accessibility


Airport

Patna is the nearest airport from Vaishali.


Railways

Hajipur is the nearest railhead.


Road

Vaishali is well connected by road to other important cities.


Temple Address


Chaumuki Mahadev Temple,
Vaishali,
Vaishali,
Bihar,
India,
Pincode – 844 128.

Significance

Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-

  • Salvation
  • Wealth
  • Relief from diseases
  • Purchase of vehicles
  • Gain Knowledge
Shlokas

Kailaasarana Shiva Chandramouli Phaneendra Maathaa Mukutee Zalaalee Kaarunya Sindhu Bhava Dukha Haaree Thujaveena Shambho Maja Kona Taaree

Meaning -Oh Lord Shiva who is seated on Mount Kailash, where the moon decorates his forehead and the king of serpents crown his head, who is merciful and removes delusion, You alone can protect me. I surrender to thee.

Aum Trayambakam Yajaamahey Sugandhim Pusti Vardhanam Urvaarukamiva Bandhanaath Mrutyor Muksheeya Maamritaat

Meaning -We worship the fragrant Lord Shiva, who has 3 eyes and who cultivates all beings. May He free me from death, for immortality, as even a cucumber is separated from its bond with the vine.

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