Hinduism is prevalent in all parts of our country. Paying homage to the abode of the Gods is a blessing. I decided to take the road to the Dhirdham Temple of Darjeeling today. This beautiful Nepali styled temple is a Hindu temple, built as a tribute to Lord Shiva, by Purna Bahadur Pradhan in 1939.
Rai Saheb as he was known, wanted the Dhirdham Temple of Darjeeling to be a replica of the Pasupatinath Temple of Katmandu, Nepal and so the Gorkhali architect Beg Raj Sakya designed it with multiple layered Pagodas from the outside, while the inside maintains the looks of the Pasupatinath Temple.
The entire premise is filled with trees and shrubbery, making the place of worship very calm, peaceful and pleasing to both the eye and the soul. There is a sense of holiness and serenity once you enter the temple courtyard.
Located right below the Toy Train Railway Station and south of the Darjeeling Market center, the Dhirdham temple is a sight for sore eyes. This is infact one of the most beautiful temples that I have ever witnessed, in both its architecture and its divinity.
The Temple and its History
This phenomenal looking temple is a Tibetan style structure, and is painted with vivid red, white and yellow colors. There is a statue of the Lord Shiva inside the premises. The statue itself depicts the Lord’s five expressions along with his third eye. Collectively this is known as the “Panch Bakram Tri Netram”.
The Temple also sits before a splendid backdrop of hills and valleys and is in fact one of the oldest temples in the town. Remember, you may click as many pictures as you please outside the compound are restricted to bring any camera devices into the premise.
The Arti takes place on a daily basis both at 8AM and 6PM. The priests are very warm and welcome one and all into the temple, bestowing to one and all visitors with their signature bindi upon your forehead.
There is a special attraction the temple during the months of February and March for the festival of Maha Shivratri, which is celebrated with great pomp and utmost gaiety in this little town of Darjeeling. Entry is free to people of all caste, creed and religion.
If you visit Darjeeling, do visit the Dhirdham Temple.