The Bilkeshwar Mahadev temple is one of the famous temples of Haridwar. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and his wife, and is located on the Mount Bilva. This temple is situated only a short distance from Har Ki Pauri Haridwar.
History of Bilkeshwar Mahadev
According to information written in a board outside the temple premises, Goddess Parvati had penance for 7000 years for Lord Shiva at this place. When Lord Shiva appeared pleased with the Goddess Parvati’s penance, Goddess Parvati asked her to accept him as his wife.
It is said that Mother Parvati used to wipe out her appetite here by eating Bilva leaves during her penance, but when the problem of drinking water came to her, Lord Brahma himself, on the request of the Gods, manifested the water flow of Ganga which is now known as Gauri Kund and is 50 steps from Bilkeshwar temple. It is believed that during the meditation, Mata Parvati used to take bath in this pool/Kund.
Bilva is a tree which is sacred to the people of Hindu religion and Lord Shiva is pleased by offering this tree’s leaves. Its leaves show the three eyes of Lord Shiva. The name of this temple is called Bilkeshwar. Today there is the same Shivling in the temple which was established by Goddess Parvati. It is also believed that the girls who are not getting married, they get married after worshiping Lord Shiva by the leaves of Bilva.
This ancient temple is very famous among local people. It is surrounded by green trees from around. There is a crowd of people in the temple who believe in Lord Shiva. Saints and sages also live in the temple premises.
How to reach Bilkeshwar Mahadev Temple?
From Haridwar railway station this temple can be reached by foot. The temple is 500mts away from the Haridwar Railway Station. The distance of the temple by the road is 1.3 km. The nearest airport is Jolly grant airport, which is 39 km far from Bilkeshwar Mahadev Temple Haridwar.