Mahakaleshwar Temple at Bagdihi
Mahakaleshwar Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva is one of the Trimurti Gods of Hinduism who is widely worshipped by Hindus all around the world. Mahakal is a form of the Lord which is widely revered by the devotees of Lord Shiva worldwide. As Lord Shiva is the divine destroyer of the Universe and all things in it, the concept of mortal time doesn’t affect him in any way. The meaning of ‘Kaal’ in Hinduism is time and the ‘Maha’ is the greatness of Lord Shiva who is thought to be greater than time itself.
THE TEMPLE AND ITS LOCATION
The temple is located in a village named Bagdihi in Jharsuguda district. Mineral-rich District, Jharsuguda is one of the most industrially developed District of Odisha. The Temple is 25 km away to North West side from Jharsuguda bus stand. The nearest railway station is Bagdihi, and the airport is VSS Airport, Jharsuguda.
The temple is situated away from the city’s noisy. A well-groomed gate to enter the temple premises. Before the main temple, you can see the Shani temple. The Shani temple is just right to Mahakaleshwar temple. In front of the temple is a large statue of Shiva in Samadhi pose.
The main temple is very well equipped. The pillars look like made of gold. The temple is traditional in design with two floors. On its wall, the paintings of Hindu God and Goddesses have been portrayed. The temple is complete at all times.
On the day of Maha Shivaratri, a huge fair is held near the temple, and worship goes on through the night.
MAHAKAL AND SHIVA
According to Hinduism, Mahakala refers to the ultimate form of Shiva, as he is the destroyer of all elements. There is nothing beyond him, no element, no dimensions, not even time. That is why he is maha (greater) Kaal (time). Kaal is also the time of death, so it can also be referenced as the bringer of the greatest death.
In Hinduism, Mahakala is the name of Paramashiva or the ultimate form of Godhead. The primary temple, place of worship for Mahakala is Ujjain. Mahakala is also a name of one of Shiva’s principal attendants (Sanskrit: gaṇa), along with Nandi, Shiva’s mount and so is often represented outside the main doorway of early Hindu temples.
There is another place to visit in our locality. Maa Vindhyavasini Temple which is located at a distance of 5 km from our home is a very calm and serene place that you would love to visit. The temple is located at the top of a hill.