Gola Gokarannath Shiv Temple
Gola Gokarranath is one of the well-known tehsils in the District Lakhimpur Kheri of Uttar Pradesh. Like other famous places which get the second name because of some specialties, Gola Gokarrannath also got its second name i.e.Choti Kashi or chhotikashi.
Name Chhoti Kashi because like Kashi because it also has many prestigious temples.
Image credit: Mr. Alok Gupta- Gola Gakarannath
If it has been given the name Choti Kashi then no doubt as it has many attributes like Kashi. Yes, there are several world famous temples in Gola Gokarannath. Let’s know about shiv temple of Gola Gokarannath.
As the name indicates shiv temple of Gola Gokarannath is the temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.
The story behind Gola Gokarannath Shiv Mandir
Almost every heritage temple has a story connected with it is also has one, the story of Lord Shiva and The Rawana (Ling of Lanka). Once the Rawana made Lord Shiva pleased with his Tapasya and then Lord Shiva gave him the offer to ask for a boon.
Rawana requested Lord Shiva to go to Lanka with him and leave Himalaya forever. Lord Shiva agreed to go with a condition that he should not be placed anywhere on the way to Lanka, if he will be placed anywhere, he will be settled at that place. Rawana agreed and started his journey to Lanka with the Lord on his head. When Rawana reached the Gola Gokaran Nath he felt the need of urinating. Rawana offered some gold coins to a shepherd for placing Lord Shiva on his head till he returns. The shepherd could not bear the load and he placed him on the land. Rawana failed to lift him up by all his efforts. He pressed him on his head with his thumb in full anger. The impression of Rawana's Thumb is still present on the Shivling.
If you want to worship at Shiv temple at Gola Gokarannath then the month of Chaitra (April) is a right time because in this month a great fair is organized for one month known as "CHETI-MELA".
How to Reach Shiv temple-Gola Gokarannath
It is 35Km from Lakhimpur Kheri en route to shahjahanpur. Buses and trains are available very frequently. Click here to see different routes.