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Chaumukhi Mahadev Temple at Vaishali in Bihar – Four-Face Shivling at Choumukhi Mahadev Mandir in Vaishali

Chaumukhi Mahadev Temple at Vaishali in Bihar is a very ancient temple with a huge Shivling which has four face carved on it. The shrine is also known as Vikramaditya Choumukhi Mahadev Mandir and is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva. Legend has it that temple existed during the Ramayana period. Bhagavan Sri Ram, Lakshman and Sage Vishwamitra visited the temple while on their way to kingdom of Janaka.

The murti worshipped in the Chaumukhi Mahadev Temple is a very rare one. It faces south – the third eye of one of the faces is open and it faces south.

The temple is a midpoint between Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi and Baba Baidyanath Dham in Deoghar.

It is believed that Bhagavan Buddha and Bhagavan Mahavir stayed in the shrine.

The temple lost its prominence during the 5th century AD as a result of the attack of foreign invaders.

The Shivling was rediscovered around 150 year ago while digging a well in the region.

People have now built a temple around the Shivling.

The most important festival in the temple happens during Shivratri, Shravan month and Shravan Purnima.