The Kirateshwar Mahadev Temple is located near River Rangit in Legship, Sikkim. A footbridge connects the temple to the main road.
About the Temple
The temple is situated in Suri, and is 4 km from Pelling Geyjing. It is accessible from Pemayangtse. The architecture of the Kriateshwar Mahadev Temple is grand. There is an idol of Lord Shiva in the temple. It was built centuries ago and so it reflects the part and role it played in the Mahabharata.
About The Deity
The Lord here is self-manifested (Swayambhu). Lord Shiva is in the form of Shivling. Till date, the Shivling is the only idol that is worshiped here. There are other shrines for Sree Ram and Durga too.
Legend and Stories
Lord Shiva appeared in front of Arjuna and blessed him for the Mahabharata war .Legend has it that the very place at which the kirateshwar Mahadev temple is situated today is the place where lord Shiva appeared before Arjuna after great penance and devotions. This temple is a representation of lord Shiva blessing Arjuna. The blessing which Arjuna received was to have immense success in the war which later on became an epic in the history that is, ‘the Mahabharata ‘‘. And it is with this very belief that whenever someone comes on the door step of Lord Shiva , he shall not return empty handed as Lord Shiva dint let the belief of Arjuna go in vain and not just appeared before him but also gave him blessing. The Kirateshwar Mahadev Temple is indeed a symbol for great harmony. Every year thousand of devotees visit the temple and it is no wonder as to how even today people feel that Kirateshwar Mahadev Temple shall be the place of be for their worship.
During the month of January, Maha Shivratri is celebrated. Another festival, Bala Chaturdasi is celebrated during November-December.
The Puja is done strictly according to Vedic rituals. Sometimes, the devotees line up outside till some of the rituals are over. Then they are allowed inside. Everyday Aarti takes place during morning and evening.
Devotees believe that a visit to this temple earns then precious boons for two lifetimes. Devotees also pray for children and wish fulfillment. Some people also believe that a visit to this place is equal to a visit to Chaardham (4 holy places of lord Shiva).
This temple is located at about 4 kilometers from Pelling, on the Gayzing-Pelling route. The temple can be easily visited from cities like Geyzing and Pemayangtse. It can be accessed by train and air from Siliguri.
Kirateshwar Mahadev Shiva Temple in Sikkim
Pincode - 737111
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- To be blessed with children
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.