The Kailash Dham temple and craze in Jalore.

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The article speaks about the immense craze of visitors of giving puja in Kailash Dham temple in Jalore. It is the temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Kailash Dham temple in Jalore

Jalore is a bordering district of Rajasthan. It is famous in the world for the deposit of granite. The granites are cut from the reserves, processed and thereafter transported to different parts of Gujarat, Rajasthan and other parts of India. The city of Jalore is approximately 150 kilometers away from Jodhpur in Rajasthan. Rajasthan is centre of many religious places. There is famous dattatreya temple in Mount Abu. Even there is a great Shiva Shrine in Nakki Lake in Mount Abu. The Dilwara temple is famous for Jains. The Nakoda Jain temple at Nakoda near Barmer is equally famous for Jains. In that context Kailash Dham temple is famous for the Linga of Lord Mahadeva.

Kailash Dham temple

Kailash Dham temple is a very pious and sacred temple in Jalore. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Shiva or Mahadeva is considered Devadideva, or the destroyer. Hindus believe in the worship of Brahma, the creator, Vishnu the preserver and Shiva, the destroyer.


A huge idol of Lord Shiva is made at the middle of the temple premises. Caves are constructed on both sides of the huge idol. The different forms of Shiva are displayed on different parts of the caves. There are 12 jyotirlingas worshipped in different parts of India. All those jyotirlingas are manifested in the caves. The twelve jyotirlingas are exhibited inside the cave.


It includes the Somnath shiblinga, the Mallikarjuna linga, mahakaleshwar lingam at Ujjain inside the cave. Jyoti signifies radiance and linga signifies the sign or image of Mahadeva Devadideva Shiva. Somnath means “Lord of the Soma”. Srisailam Mallikarjuna linga relates to one of the 18 shakti peethas. Mahadeva in the Mahakaleshwar form is believed to be in Swayambhu, meaning the Lord had derived power and Shakti from itself. Further the power that had been derived was not derived from mantrashakti.

Omkareshwar Linga

The other lingas manifested include the Omkareshwar linga. The Linga is dedicated to Lord Omkara or the Om God. The sound Om is used during meditation to set the mind at one point and dedicate the entire meditation over there. The Linga of Kedarnath is dedicated to Lord Kedar Khand, it is situated in the Himalayas, near river Mandakini

Bhimshankar Linga

Bhimashankar Linga is the source of river Bhima, it is one of the great jyotirlinga. The Kashi Viswanath linga is situated at Kashi. It is a serious linga devoted to the Shaivaas. It is situated besides river Ganges. The Trimbakeswar linga is situated in Nasik. It is dedicated to Lord Trimbakeshwar. Here the three faces of Lord Brahma, the face of Lord Vishnu and the third face of Lord Rudra are evident. The Vaidyanath linga or jyotirlinga is dedicated to Baba Vaidyanath. It is also called Vaidyanath Dham or Baba Dham.

Nageshwar Linga

The Nageshwar Linga or Jyotirlinga is situated in Dwarka. It is situated at Dwarka which is also called one of the saptapuri. The Rameshwar Jyotirlinga is dedicated to Saivite Saints, namely Appar, Sundarar, Tirugnana Sambandar. The Grisheshnwar Jyotirlinga is dedicated to Lord Grishneshnwar.

Ganesh temple

There is a Ganesha temple at the entrance of Shiva temple. Lord Ganesha is worshipped by millions of Hindu devotees all across the world. Devotees offer puja to Ganesha at different times of the year.

Tortoise in water

There is an artificial water body created in front of the Shiva temple. In that water body a tortoise is kept. There are reasons for keeping the tortoise in front of the Shiva Temple. Firstly whenever a turtle or tortoise is attacked by animals, they put the entire body within the shell.

Moh Maya

That shows that human beings should sacrifice moh, maya, wants, desires and then surrender themselves before Lord Shiva. For getting the blessings the souls of the devotees are also supposed to be pure.

Significance of turtle

On the other hand the turtle never sits on its eggs to hatch them. They just observe the eggs and they are hatched. This means that whenever devotees come to worship Lord Shiva, they should come with a pure heart and concentrate in the meditation. The mind has to be focused towards one point which is the essence of meditation.


In India, every section of the society are free to profess the religion of their choice. India consists of Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists, Jains and other religion. According to the Hindu Law, meaning the legislation Hindu Marriage Act, 1955, some of the other religions which originated from Hinduism like Jainism, Buddhism, Sikhism are considered other forms of Hinduism. They are all covered by Hindu law. That means every custom or usage followed by these communities are governed by the Hindu Law. The Christians and Parsis have their own codified laws. Muslims are governed by Shariat and other religious scriptures.


The Hindus believe in Brahma the creator, Vishnu the preserver and Shiva the destroyer. A far as the Kailash Dham temple in Jalore, there is huge rush of devotees on sacred days of the hindu calendar like Shivratri, Neel Shashti, months of Shravan and Bhadra. Many pilgrims come from different parts of the country to offer puja. Puja is offered with flowers and fruits. Many of the devotees maintain fast on the auspicious days dedicated to Lord Shiva.


September is the best time to visit Jalore and also offer puja to Lord Shiva and Lord Ganesha. The weather of the place also becomes very pleasant. It is neither very hot nor very cold at this time of the year. If a person travels in a car from Jodhpur it will take him 4 hours to reach Jalore.

Rohetgarh Fort

The same amount of time will be required to reach Jodhpur back. Many people while going to Jalore pass the district Pali and also visit Rohetgarh Fort on the way.

Jain Jahaj temple

There is also a very nice Jain Jahaj Temple within the vicinity in Jalore which visitors can also visit. The maximum temperature remains around 30 degree celsius.

Visitors should visit the temple

The minimum temperature remains around 20 degree Celsius. Visitors should take pains and visit the Mahadeva temple in Jalore during the peak season and get the blessings of Lord Mahadeva, which is Devadideva Shiva.

Source of images: "The images are taken from private camera of Dr Souvik Chatterji during visit to Jalore on 25th September."


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author avatar Souvik
14th Oct 2015 (#)

September is the best time to visit Kailash Dham temple in Jalore.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
14th Oct 2015 (#)

Interesting post and well explained step by step, Na Maste!

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author avatar Souvik
15th Oct 2015 (#)

Thanks Fern for the wonderful comments.

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