Mahabilvakeshwar Temple, Kathua

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Mahabilvakeshwar Temple, dedicated to Hindu God of destruction - Lord Shiva, is one of the most popular temples in Kathua District. This temple, earlier known as the Hari Hara Temple, has derived its name Mahabilvakeshwar from the site that is surrounded by numerous bael trees. The devotees offer bael leaves to Lord Shiva in order to please Him as it is believed that Lord Shiva likes bael leaves.The sanctum of the temple is 60 ft high and is ascended on a square shape platform. The temple has idols of Hindu Gods namely, Ganesha, Brahma, Bhairava, Vishnu along with a five-headed statue of Shiva. According to popular folklore, the Pandavas used this place as their worship site during the exile period. Devotees in a large number visit this religious site to offer their prayers to Lord Shiva.

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