Maha Shivaratri 2020
Mahashivratri is a Hindu festival celebrated in India. It is believed to be the day when Lord Shiva consummated his marriage. Mahashivratri is celebrated with devotion and great enthusiasm all over the country in India. It usually falls on the new moon day of the month of “Maghaa.” This year, Mahashivaratri is falling on the 11th March, 2021. There are around 12 Jyotirlingas in India which are considered to be the different manifestations of Lord Shiva. Make your Shivaratri 2021 memorable by visiting all or some of these Jyotirlingas during the Mahashivratri festival. However, please take a note of Covid-19 travel restrictions across various states in India and follow all the precautionary measures to curb the spread of Coronavirus while celebrating Mahashivratri in 2021.
Somnath Temple, Gujarat
One of the most revered amongst the 12 Jyotirlinga, Somnath Shiv Temple is regarded as the most visited pilgrimage site in India. The temple architecture speaks volumes about the Chalukya period. It was destroyed and rebuilt 16 times and has withstood the passage of time. Located in Gujarat, Kathiawad region, it is open every day from 6am to 9pm.
The aarti takes place 3 times during the day at 7am, 12noon, and 7pm. Don’t miss the “Joy Somnath” light and sound show that takes place between 8 to 9pm every evening. Spend your Shivratri 2021 at this famous temple. You can take a train to the nearest station, Veraval, which is 5kms away from Somnath. You can take a bus to Somnath from Veraval railway station by booking them on the redBus app for a comfortable and safe commute.
Nageshwar Daarukavanam, Gujarat
If you are planning to visit Gujarat during the Mahashivratri festival, don’t miss out on this famous temple located on the coast of Saurashtra Kutch between Bait Dwarka and Gomati Dwarka. The holy shrine is located in a sacred underground sanctum and the 25-m tall Shiva statue overlooks a large and beautiful garden with unobstructed views of the pristine waters of Arabian sea. Believed to be the destroyer of all types of poisons, this temple is visited by thousands of Lord Shiva devotees. The temple is open on all days as early as 5am to 9pm in the evening. You can participate in the darshan between 6am to 12:30pm and again in the evening between 5pm to 9pm.
Book your bus tickets on redBus for Shivratri 2021 from Jamnagar which is the nearest airport to reach Dwarka to reach Nageshwar temple. You can even travel by rail to Dwarka or Veraval.
This beautiful temple is built on the banks of the famous river Bhima. Here the manifestation of Lord Shiva is structured in the form of a black rock depicting the Nagara architectural design. This temple is believed to have been built by the son of Kumbhakaran, Bhima. On Shivratri, there is a flood of devotees who visit this temple to pay their respects and offer prayers to Lord Shiva.
Book a package to Bhimashankar through redBus in advance and visit this temple of Shiva for a memorable Mahashivratri 2021. The temple is open between 4:30am to 12noon and then again in the evening from 4pm to 9:30pm. It starts at 5am in the morning and continues until 9:30pm. During the Madhyan aarti, the darshan is closed for a brief period of 45 mins.
Kashi Vishwanath, Uttar Pradesh
In Varanasi, Kashi Vishwanath is known as the golden temple and is one of the most sought after Jyotirlinga’s amongst all the others. This temple was built by Maharani Ahilyabai Holkar in the 1780s who was a Maratha monarch. It is believed by devotees that this is the place where Lord Shiva resided and offered happiness and liberation to all.
The temple opens daily at 2:30am and remains open till 11pm at night. There are a lot of aartis and darshans that take place throughout the day. Make sure to note the timings in advance if you wish to be a part of any specific aarti or darshan during Shivratri 2021. Book your bus tickets on redBus and plan your itinerary to visit Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi during the Shivratri festival. redBus has a lot of bus options on the route from Delhi to Banaras that suits everyone’s budget.
Rameshwar Temple, Tamilnadu
Rameshwaram Ramanathaswamy Temple is one of the beautiful Jyotirlinga temple dedicated to god Shiva. Located in the picturesque backdrop of the sea on the Sethu coast, it is famous for its decorated corridors, eye-catching architecture and 36 Theerthams. Known as one of the Char Dhams that devotees visit, it is believed to be the place from where Lord Rama built a bridge to reach Lanka and rescue Sita from Ravana. The temple is open from 5am to 1pm and 3pm to 9pm. You can do the darshan till 8pm in the evening. This Mahashivratri 2021, book a pilgrimage package by to Rameshwaram using the user-friendly app or visit the official website of redBu. redBus offers transport to certain pilgrimage destinations in and around Rameshwaram temple at a nominal cost.
Mahashivratri finds a special mention in the list of Hindu festivals. redBus has tailor-made pilgrimage packages that offer a hassle-free experience for visiting these Jyotirlingam. You can choose your seat and book bus trips on the redBus app using your debit or credit card from the comfort of your home.