Visiting the footprints of Lord Shiva is a wonderful experience in itself…
Lord Shankar is one of the Adi Panch Devas and Tridevas of Sanatan Dharma. Those who are known by many names including Devadhidev Mahadev, Shiva, Ashutosh, Bholenath. According to Sanatan Dharma, they are the God of destruction. At the same time, their residence is considered Mount Kailash. It is believed that while staying on Kailash, he used to travel through the sky route in many places.
During this time, under certain circumstances, wherever he stepped on the earth, his footprints were made there. There are many such marks in India, which are considered to be the footprints of Lord Shiva and upon seeing them, one feels amazing in itself. In such a situation, today we are telling you about some important places, where it is believed that here, Lord Shiva set his steps here on earth.
1. Jageshwar Dham: Here are the footprints of Shiva:
Devbhoomi is a place in the forest, about 4 and a half kilometers on the hill of the Jageshwar temple, 36 km from Almora in Uttarakhand, where Shiva’s footprint can be seen visually. It is believed that when the Pandavas were going to heaven, they wished to stay in Shiva’s darshan and their peace, but Shivji wanted to go to Mount Kailash and meditate. The Pandavas did not agree to it. Shivji then asked Bhima to take rest and they dodged and went to Kailash. From where he left for Kailash, he has a footprint.
It is said that he placed his second leg in the Kailash Mansarovar area. However there is no information about where that leg was placed. This mark is about 1 foot long, in which thumb and fingerprints can also be seen clearly. The trail remains quite deep on the stone.
People of religion say that due to pressure on the heel, it is known that the second leg will be lifted. When a leg is placed vigorously, there is a deep scar on the back.
According to the legend, thousands of years ago, Shiva appeared to the Pandavas to attain salvation. Lord Shiva stayed with Bhima for a long time and he wanted Bhima and the other Pandavas to leave now, but when the Pandavas did not agree to it, Lord Shiva dodged them and went to Kailash. A temple of Bhima is built here near the footprint. The temple does not have an idol. This temple was built by a king in the 8th century.
2. Shiva’s positions in Sri Lanka (Sivanolipaada):
A mountain in Sri Lanka, the neighboring country of India, also known as the Shripad peak. During the British rule, like the name of Mount Gaurishankar changed to Everest, this Shreepad peak was also named by the British as Adam Peak.
Although the old name of this Adam Peak is Ratna Island Mountain. A temple is built on this mountain. According to Hindu belief, there are footprints of Mahadev Shankar, the God of Gods, hence this place is also known as Sivanolipadam (Light of Shiva).
This footprint is 5 feet 7 inches long and 2 feet 6 inches wide. Located at an altitude of 2,224 meters, lakhs of devotees and tourists come to visit this ‘Shreepad’. The best sunrise of Asia can also be seen from here.
The Christians, realizing its importance, propagated that these were the footprints of Saint Thomas. According to Buddhist sect people, these designations belong to Gautama Buddha. Whereas according to people of the Muslim sect, the designation marks Hazrat Adam. At the same time, some people have even started calling Ram Sethu as Adam’s Bridge.
On the other hand, experts say that it is said about this mountain that this mountain is the mountain which was a piece of Dronagiri and which was taken up by Hanumanji. This thrilling mountain in Galle, the southern coast of Sri Lanka, is called by the Sri Lankans as Rehumashala Kanda. Although some people say that it was a mountain of Dronagiri. Dronagiri was located in the Himalayas. It is said that Hanumanji brought this mountain from the Himalayas, later he left it (Rahumashala Kanda) here. According to beliefs, it is a piece of Dronagiri mountain.
3. Rudra posts in Srisvedaranyeswarar Temple:
In Thiruvengadu region of Tamil Nadu there is a temple of Srisvedaranyeswarar, which has the footprints of Lord Shiva known as ‘Rudra Padam’. The area is located 59 km from Kumbakonam in Nagapattinam district, 23 km from Mayiladuturai and 10 km southeast of Srikali Poompuhar Road.
4. To Shiva’s symbol Thiruvannam:
These traces of Shiva are also at a place in Thiruvannamalai in the state of Tamil Nadu.
5. Shivpad, Ranchi:
Situated on the hill is the Nag Temple in Ranchi, Jharkhand. This temple is a center of attraction for pilgrims and tourists, where they camp in a snake temple in the month of Shravan. A crowd of devotees throng to see it.
In fact, on the ‘Ranchi Hill’, 7 km away from Ranchi railway station, is located the ancient temple of Shivji, which is known as Pahari Temple. The temple is also associated with martyred revolutionaries. The old name of the Pahari Baba temple was Tiriburu which later changed to the hanging Tungri during the British rule, as patriots and revolutionaries were hanged here during the British rule.
There are mainly seven temples in the Pahari Baba temple complex. Temple of Lord Shiva, Mahakal Temple, Kali Temple, Vishwanath Temple, Hanuman Temple and Nag Temple. The temple of Nagaraja is the oldest among all the temples built on the hill. It is believed that the history of Nagvans of Chota Nagpur started from here. It is believed that here Shiva laid his feet.
6. Rudrapad Tezpur, Assam:
The footprints of Shiva’s feet are located in the Rudrapad temple located near the Brahmaputra river in Tezpur, Assam. Here is the mark of his right foot.