The Mahadeva Temple in the Barabanki district is said to be one of the oldest Shiva temples bearing the rarest of shivlings in its premises. Staunch devotees often visit the temple to offer prayers and worship Lord Shiva here.
According to a famous legend, a simple Brahmin Pandit, Lodheram Awasthi dug out the statue from his fields and built the temple around the spot as a tribute to Lord Shiva. This temple has been referred to several times in the original texts of the Mahabharatha. On the occasion of Mahashivratri, the temple is adorned with flowers and decorations and special prayers are chanted throughout the night.