Parad Shivling

Proper Name: Maya Devi Mandir
Location:
Haridwar Uttarakhand India
History: 11th century
Mandir Creator:
Unknown
Important festivals:
Unknown
How To Reach: Mansa Devi Temple is located at a distance of 2km from Har ki Pauri. 1.5kms for Bus stand or Railway station.

Walking distance for road
The words 'Parad Shivling' have been derived from 'parad' (meaning mercury) and 'shivalinga' (a sacred symbol of Lord Shiva). That's why, the Parad Shivling is also sometimes referred to as the Mercury Shivalinga. Among other holy sites of Pilgrimage in Haridwar, this shivlingam has a lot of religious significance. Since Lord is the supreme god in the Shiva tradition, Hindus can never afford to miss a visit to the Parad Shivling.

The Parad Shivling can be reached by traveling a distance of 6 km from the sacred town of Haridwar in Uttarakhand to Kankhal. The shivling is located inside the compound of Harihar Ashram. Visitors and pilgrims can use various modes of local transport to reach the site.

Devotees mainly visit the Parad Shivling to get blessed by Lord Shiva. Though the shivlingam is the major attraction here, visitors also view the Rudrakhsha tree which has stood here for many years. Hindus believe that rudraksha (the seeds of the holy tree) can heal a wide range of ailments. Devotees who come here don't miss to collect the rudraksha from this tree. They wear the rudraksha to get rid of multiple problems in their lives.

The weight of the Parad Shivling is around 150 kg. A huge number of devotees as well as tourists from all across the globe travel to Kankhal to pay a visit to the shivling and seek the blessings of Lord Shiva. In any case, don't miss a visit to the Rudraksha tree at the Harihar Ashram.

How to See in Haridwar