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Temples in Uttar Pradesh Visited by Ashwathama of Mahabharata



Several temples in Uttar Pradesh narrate tales of the spotting of Ashwathama of Mahabharata. Famous among them are a Kali Temple in Etawah, Baba Liloti Nath Mandir in Lakhimpur Kheri and Khereshwar Mandir near Kanpur.

Ashwathama, the son of Drona and a great warrior in the Mahabharata, is one among the seven Chiranjeevis (without death) mentioned in the Puranas – as a result of curse by Sri Krishna he still alive and roams on earth with a body full of oozing warts. If he is alive, then he will be more than 5000 years old.

Ashwathama at Kali Temple in Etawah
It is believed that he visits a Kali Temple near Etawah in Uttar Pradesh daily to offer prayers. Located on the banks of Yamuna River, this Goddess Kali temple is around 5 km from Etawah. The people of the region believe that Ashwathama arrives here in an invisible form and offers first worship daily.
The Shivling is always offered water before opening of the usual temple by some unknown force.

Mother Goddess Kali of this temple is the ishtadevata, or titular deity, of the dacoits of Chambal.

Goddess Kali is worshipped in three forms in the temple. The main offering here are red color flowers, coconut and chunari.

Ashwathama at Baba Liloti Nath Mandir
Another temple in Uttar Pradesh that reports about the sighting of Ashwathama is located in Lakhimpur-Kheri in Uttar Pradesh. It is believed that he performs daily puja at midnight in a Shiva Temple located here – Baba Liloti Nath Mandir.

The temple is located deep inside a jungle.

People find different things offered on the Shivling here.

Ashwathama at Khereshwar Mandir near Kanpur
Khereshwar Mandir at Shivrajpur around 40 km from Kanpur is another temple associated with the sighting of Ashwathama. This area is also believed to be the place where Ashwathama was born. It is believed that the temple was originally the house of Guru Dronacharya. The temple is now dedicated to Lord Shiva. Shiva is worshipped here in the form of Shivling and it is said that Ashwathama offers water, flowers, or rice at midnight here.

The area is associated with incidents of Mahabharata.

Interestingly, no one has yet spotted Ashwathama. They have only found things that he is believed to have offered in the temples.

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