In the course of my vacation in the state of Haryana, there were a few places that were tagged alongside religion that hold any kind of reverence and awe-inspiring appeal to me. Besides architecture, a few places in the area are truly majestic in terms of legends that are associated with the place. The popular destinations have turned into tourist frenzy, thus taking out all the majesty of the place that it could have held otherwise. The Sthaneshwar Mahadev temple Haryana is one of the destinations on my charter that changed my outlook considerably.
The temple is located in the Kurukshetra district of Haryana. It is rumored to be the place where the legendary warrior brothers, the Pandavas, from the Indian epic, Mahabharata, had prayed to the God Shiva for blessings in the event of war. The temple houses a rich cultural legend which I could sense in the air the instant I stepped over the threshold. There is something invariably divine about the location that makes it unique from most of the other ancient temples that have made a turnover into mainstream tourism.
The temple is overly simplistic, with soft designs carved intricately into the façade. It serves as the home of Lord Shiva and is situated in the capital of the Emperor Harshavardhana. The architecture is created in the regional styles with a domed roof topped off by a pinnacle. It is a source of spiritual reverence and is still a venerable image in the context of the local people. With its several religious and legendary affiliations, it holds itself in a spiritually deep disposition.
Despite the many associated legends and artistic values associated with the structure, tourism, it seemed, had failed to make a prominent impact on the figure. Still being a moderately popular tourist destination, I believe that the Sthaneshwar Mahadev temple Haryana has retained much of its spiritual reverence due to the absence of artificial interference. I distinctly remember a feeling of being transported back in time when Gods walked the earth and legends were true. It constitutes as one of the most rewarding destinations on my catalogue.