After I had visited The Residency, I decided to take the blessings of God by visiting the most famous temple in Lucknow- Mankameshwar. The temple is not far from my previous destination and is situated in an area called Daliganj. It is said to be at least a 1,000 years old and is flooded with devotees all the time. Though the temple is devoted to Lord Shiva, it also has a Shani temple within its premises.
The most interesting thing about the temple was that it had a woman priest who is said to be the first woman priest in the history of this temple. No fee is charged to enter temple premises and though it looks quite old from the outside, it is well maintained from the inside. It is surprising that the old walls of the temple have been able to survive for all these years and credit goes to temple administration for maintaining them.
I have always been fond of stories related to Lord Shiva and have always believed in him. Since I was allowed to capture pictures here, I did not let the opportunity slip and clicked some 20-30 photos within the premises. You will see innumerable shops offering stuff for puja inside the temple. Flowers, sweets and most importantly milk; everything is available just outside the temple.
A small market can fulfil your wish of getting a souvenir though I myself did not buy anything from here. Daliganj is full of old buildings and looks far away from the humdrum of city where there is immense construction going on, and there is a lot of traffic because of metro railway pillars taking up a lot of space on road.
You should give this temple a visit as it is the oldest and one of the most famous temples in Lucknow and if you are lucky enough to visit in the holy month of sawan, you are going to see thousands of devotees pushing to touch the holy shivling. It is a beautiful place and truly a one where you could feel at peace and reflect on your life.