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Siddheshwar Temple

A unique pilgrim centre with a 108 feet tall statue of Lord Shiv, this pilgrim centre also has replicas of the 12 Jyotirling to offer one platform for Shiv devotees - Siddheshwar Dhaam, Sikkim.

Sikkim has created a history by bringing the four Dhaam under one roof at Solophok, Namchi, South Sikkim. The four most revered Dhaam of the Hindu's - Jagannaath Puree (Udeesaa), Dwaarakaa Puree (Gujaraat), Raameshawaram (Tamilnaadu), Badreenaath (Garhvaal) have been replicated in this fantastic complex to benefit the devotees who will visit this place. Siddheshwar Dhaam was consecrated by Shri Jagadguru Shankaraachaarya Swami Swarupananda Saraswati on November 8, 2011 and is now open to public.

It is situated amidst the breadth taking surroundings of Solophok Hill, 5 km from Namchi, befitting the mythological setting behind the establishment of the original Dhaam. It has a 108 ft tall statue of Shiv, replicas of 12 Jyotirling, models of sacred Chaar Dhaam Hindu Temples of Jagannaath, Badreenath, Dwaarakaa and Raameshwaram and a 18-feet statue of Kiraateshwar - the hunter incarnation of Shiv. It is believed that Lord Shiv, after losing Satee in Agni Kund of Daksh's Yagya, had gone into seclusion and became a hunter in the forests of Sikkim. It has been created over 29.9 hectares at a cost of Rs 56.51 crore. The giant statue of Lord Shiv in sitting posture has been erected at the highest point of the hilltop.

A 135 ft statue of Guru Padmasambhav, the patron saint of Sikkim, and a two-storey temple dedicated to Sai Baabaa also boost the pilgrimage appeal of South Sikkim. While Guru Padmasambhav's statue is across the Solophok hilltop, the Sai temple is just a stone's throw away from the new pilgrimage complex. Namchi is 75 km from Gangtok and is the administrative headquarters of South Sikkim.

During the Praan Pratishthaa Jagadguru Shankaraahaarya said that all kinds of people can worship here. He also said that, according to Hindu mythology, during the war fought between Kaurav and Paandav when Arjun was worshiping in this particular place, Shiv revealed himself to him and blessed him. While Arjun was praying a boar, he appeared before him in the form of Kiraateswar. Co-incidentally, the boar was killed by two arrows shot by Arjun and Kiraateshwar and hence there arose a dispute for claim of the dead boar. In lieu of the prey, Arjun begged Kiraateshwar for his favor for winning the battle against the Kaurav but Kiraateshwar declined the request rather committed to remain unbiased although he was inclined to Kaurav. It was believed that the help and favor of Kiraateshwar would be a winning weapon. Thus people will visit this sacred place with the hope of attaining salvation, peace and prosperity. Furthermore, they have faith in anticipation that having seen this place there would be forgiveness of sin.

It is believed that a visit to the place is enough to wash away one's sins. As in India, the Chaar Dhaam situated in four different directions like in East as Jagannaath, in West as Dwaarakaa, in South as Raameshawaram, in North as Badrinaath Dhaam, are considered main pilgrimage centers for Hindu, in South Sikkim (Namchi), Siddheshwar Temple will be like four Dhaam.



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Created on March 15, 2003 and Updated on October 20, 2013