Bilkeshwar Mahadev temple is devoted to Lord Shiva and his Consort Goddess Parvati.The place where Goddess Parvati worshipped Shiva, and when Shiva appeared she asked him to accept her as his wife. Bilva is a tree which is quite sacred to Hindus. Its leaves represent the three eyes of Lord Shiva.
According to Hindu religious text, the temple is the place where Devi Parvati worshipped Shiva, and when Shiva appeared she asked him to accept her as his wife. The meaning of Bilkeshwar is ‘god of bilva’. Bel-Patra or bilva is ‘leaf of bel’. Bel is mentioned as the sacred and auspicious tree in Puranas. Every part of bel tree is believed to have medicinal qualities.
It is a small temple which, along with the normal shiva linga, houses a shiva linga and nandi made out of stone.
Bilkeshwar Mahadev Temple Haridwar
Best time to visit
The period from May to November is the most favourable to visit the city of Haridwar.
This ancient temple is very popular among the local people. The temple is surrounded by woods in a hilly area. The place also houses small temples for Lord Ganesh, Lord Hanuman and Goddess Parvati. It is a tradition to offer Bilva leaves to Lord Shiva and to do abhisheka of the Shiva lingam with the water of River Ganga.