The remote and northeastern state Arunachal Pradesh has many factors that entice the tourists from others states and abroad too. However, its charm is not limited to the largely unexplored sanctuaries, waterfalls, mountain valleys and lakes. The state has some major attractions for the religiously inclined visitors too. There are two prominent temples for worshiping Lord Shiva in Arunachal. With time, these temples are turning major draw for religious minded tourists visiting the state.
Meghna Cave temple
This is one major attraction for Hindu and religious tourists visiting Arunachal. The ancient cave based temple was actually carved out nearly 5000 years back but was rediscovered in 1962. In this hill temple, you will see idol of Lord Lakulisha, believed to be Lord Shiva’s 28th embodiment. It is located in Daporijo in the state’s Kameng District.
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During Shivartari and Makar Sankranti, the spot becomes absolutely crowded and hindu pilgrims throng the adjacent regions. The temple is located about 300 feet high on a mountain and steps have been made to reach the zone. Inside the temple, you can see Sanskrit scriptures and the adjoining area has stunning natural beauty. A river flows beneath the mountain and dense greenery surrounds the region. To visit the temple, you have to reach Ziro town by taking private buses from either Guwahati or Itanagar. From Daporijo you can take auto rickshaws and cabs to visit the cave temple.
Sri Siddheshwar Nath temple
Not many devotees of lord Shiva are aware of the fact that the largest Shiva linga of the world is situated at Arunachal Pradesh! Located near Hapoli town in Ziro valley, this idol was discovered in 2004. The temple is home to Lord Shiva and his family. It was formed naturally without human involvement.
The Shiva Linga found here has a length of 25 Feet and width is approx 22 feet. From the lower side of the linga, water flows, this is deemed holy by the locals. This temple now attracts plenty of tourists. The temple can be reached by road from Hapoli. The nearmost rail station is North Lakhimpur of Assam.