Nishkalank Mahadev Temple – Koliyak
Nishkalank Mahadev Nishkalangeshwar Temple is a famous Shiva temple located on the Koliyak Beach of Bhavnagar District in Gujarat State. This is the place where the Pandavas attained piousness after the Mahabharat war. Hence the name of the temple is ‘Nishkalank’, which means spotless or pious.
The beauty of the temple lies in its location. It is located 1 km inside the waters of the Arabian Sea.
Surrounded by the sea, the Shiva Linga is usually submerged inside the waters. However, during low tides the Shiva linga becomes visible. The devotees visit the temple by walking barefooted from the shores during the same time period. The temple is a structural marvel built to withstand the high tides of the Arabian Sea.
As per the legend, koliyak temple was built by the Pandavas during the time of Mahabharat. After the Pandavas killed all the Kauravas, the Pandavas wanted to perform repentance for their sins. They asked Lord Shri Krishna for a solution.
Lord Krishna handed them a black flag. He asked the Pandavas to trail them, saying that when it turns white, they all will be forgiven. After marching to different places when they reached the Koliyak beach, it turned white.
The Pandavas then sat and performed meditation for apologizing to Lord Shiva. To mark this important event, the Pandavas then established the Nishkalank Mahadev (nishkalangeshwar) Shivling Temple. The Shiva Linga was established on the no moon (Amavasya) of Bhadarva month of the Hindu Calendar.
Hence every year on the day of Bhadarvi Amavasya, the devotees celebrate the festival with great religious enthusiasm. A fair is organized where thousands of devotees participate, enjoy, and receive blessings from lord shiva.
Things to take care of while at Koliyak Sea Temple:
Before visiting Koliyak, kindly note the schedule of high tides and low tides of the sea as the entire visit to the temple depends on it.
Usually, Darshan can be done twice a day. Also, one should be aware that in order to visit the temple one has to walk the final mile. Hence it becomes very important to be fresh and indefatigable for enjoying Darshan and visiting the temple.
Location and How to Reach?
Koliyak has located around 23 km from the nearest railway station of Bhavnagar City and around 200 km from Ahmedabad. One easily avail bus or taxi from Bhavnagar city to reach Koliyak town. You may book your stay using YatraDham.Org. In all, Koliyak is a beautiful pilgrimage destination near Bhavnagar with serenity, good connectivity, and away from the hustle and bustle of a city.
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