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Shivratri at Tarkeshwar Mahadev – Shivratri Night at Tarkeshwar Mahadev

Spending Shivratri Night at Tarkeshwar Mahadev, in Tarkeshwar in Lansdowne, in Uttarakhand is considered highly meritorious. Special worship is held here during the night of Maha Shivratri. Special Jal Abhishek or bathing the Shivling with water is held on the occasion. Shringar of Shiva is performed with Bhang and Dhature. The temple is surrounded by tall devdaar (deodar) trees and is set amidst sylvan surroundings. The temple is located around 35 km from Lansdowne and is at an altitude of 1800 meters. It is ride of 1:30 hrs from Landowne.

Srisailam Temple Shivaratri Festival – Maha Shivaratri Brahmotsavam

One of the most important festivals held at the Lord Shiva temple in Srisailam in Andhra Pradesh is the Maha Shivaratri Brahmotsavam or the Maha Shivaratri festival. The most important event during the festival is the celestial marriage ceremony of Lord Shiva with Bhramaramba Devi (Goddess Parvati) on the Shivaratri day. The presiding deities of the Srisailam Temple are Lord Mallikarjuna Swamy and Goddess Bhramaramba Devi. Lord Shiva is known as Mallikarjuna Swamy here and the temple is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas . Bhramaramba Devi is one of the eighteen Mahasakthis and is an incarnation of Goddess Shakti. It is believed that the idols worshipped here are self-manifested. The Shivratri festival attracts thousands of devotees and the important ceremonies and rituals that are held during the period are Ankurarpanam, Dhwajarohan, Vahana Sevas to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, Lingodhbhavakala Maha Rudrabhishekam to Lord Shiva, Pagalankarana, Kalyanotsavam, Ratholsa

Bakreswar Temple – Bakreswar Shakti Peetah near Suri in Birbhum – Bengal

Bakreswar is located 18 km southwest of Suri in Birbhum District in Bengal, India. It is one among the 51 Shaktipeetah temples. It is believed that the part between the eyebrows of Goddess Sati fell here. Mother goddess is worshipped here as Mahishamardini. Lord Shiva is worshipped as Bakranath. The ancient shrine has been renovated. It now has the look of a typical Bengali style temple with a prominent conical shape dome. The shrine and its vicinity are noted for numerous springs. Hot and cold springs are located close by. They are noted for its curative properties. There are a total of eight hot springs here and they are known as Agni kund, Surya kund, Amrita Kund, Soubhagya Kund, Brahma Kund, Vairav Kund, Kheer Kund and Jibat Kund. Bakreswar Temple is around 230 km from Kolkata.