Pradeep Pattanayak

There are hundreds of temples dedicated to Lord Shiva across the country. Some of these temples are located at such a location that devotees have to face a lot of difficulties to reach there. Some others are best known for their unusual rituals. 

Like, there is a temple in Rajasthan’s Jaipur whose doors open to devotees once a year. And the occasion is Maha Shivratri. Because of this, devotees have a special craving to have a darshan of the lord on the auspicious occasion of Maha Shivratri. Every year on this particular day, lakhs of devotees make a beeline at the temple to have a darshan of the deity and seek his blessings.  

This temple is Ekalingeswar Mahadev Mandir, perched on a small hill, near Moti Dungri fort palace. 

One of the oldest temples in Jaipur, Ekalingeswar Mahadev Mandir has a special place among devotees. As their year-long wait to offer prayers at the shrine comes to an end on Maha Shivratri day, they never want to miss the opportunity. 

This temple is owned and managed by the royal family of Jaipur. In old days, kings and queens would visit the temple and worship the Lord. During Sawan (monsoon) or any other royal festival, the members of the royal family visit this temple to worship the Lord.