Stambheshwar Mahadev - The disappearing temple of Gujarat

Lord Shiva plays hide and seek with you. Read more  to know about this Unusual Travel destination

The Stambheshwar Mahadev Temple, is a 150 years old Shiva temple located in the town of Kavi Kamboi, in the state of Gujarat.

This ancient Shiva temple is located on the betwixt of the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Cambay. This is very simple temple with nothing extraordinary in the architecture for the on lookers, but it is still a very unusual must visit religious sites of India. What is so unique about the temple is, that the temple gets totally submerged into the Sea during the high tide hours and as the tide starts to get low it again starts emerging out of the sea inch by inch, unveiling the 4 feet high Shiva lingam.

What’s Unusual:

The visit to the temple should be planned in such a way that, one get to see the whole disappearing and the reappearing of the temple. It is ideal to plan a trip for at least whole day and night, so that you can see and enter the temple in the early morning low tide hours and can also meditate in the quiet, peaceful surrounding of the temple. you can stroll in and around the temple and enjoy the feel of being near the nature and the sound of the sea breaking yet never disturbing the quietness of the breath-taking holiness of the temple. Then one can have lunch either from the one of the many restaurants near the parking area which is about half a km. walk from the temple or free lunch is also made available to the devotees at the ashram across the temple. After having lunch one can return to watch the spectacular moment of the temple getting submerged. One must watch the temple and the Shiva Lingam in its complete glory against the shimmer and darkness of the sea and when the quietness of night engulfs it.

This is a temple where god plays hide n seeks. When the flowers which were placed on the Shiva lingam by the devotees at the time of low tide comes afloat on the surface of the sea water at the time of high tide, it lends a spectrum of bright colors to the sea. Here the Mother Nature performs the ‘Jal Abhishekh’ of the Holy Shiva lingam, herself.

Another unique feature of the place is the union of the Mahi Sagar and the Sabarmati River. The scenic beauty of the place along with its religious prominence pulls a lot of visitors to the place.

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