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Bilkeshwar Mahadev Temple – Haridwar – Uttarakhand

Bilkeshwar Mahadev Temple is an ancient shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva at Haridwar in Uttarakhand. The popular belief is that Goddess Parvati performed intense Tapas here to get Shiva as her husband. She survived by eating Bilwa leaves and hence the Shivling here is known as Bilkeshwar.

The temple is located atop the Bilwa Mountain and it is near to Hari-ki-Pauri in Haridwar.

The Shivling worshipped in the temple is under the canopy of Sheshanag.

The Gauri Kund located here was created by Brahma. He created the pond to quench the thirst of Goddess Parvati. It is considered meritorious to take holy dip in the pond. Thousands of people arrive here to have a holy dip in Shravan month and during Makar Sankranti.

There is widespread belief that prayers offered here never go unanswered. Unmarried girls get good husband after performing abhishek and offering bilva leaves to the Shivling here.

It is believed that if a devotee offers Bilva leaves here then the devotee will not suffer after death.

Another unique practice in the temple is to tell desires in the ears of Nandi bull.