Shiv Bari Temple Bikaner | Image Resource : travelingculture.wordpress.com
On Wednesday, I was up early and on my way to Shiv Bari temple, Bikaner. As I was well acquainted with the driver of the previous day, I requested the hotel staff to
appoint the same person for today’s visits too. As usual, the cab driver was at the hotel gate exactly at 5am.
The temple is a simple one, but the architecture is splendid and marvellous. It produced all the aura of the 19th century construction. The temple, built in red sandstone, is a living example of the love and respect of a son towards his father. Maharaja Doongar Singh erected this temple in the loving memory of his father, Maharaj Lall.
A high wall surrounds this small and beautiful temple. A small step leads to the inner sanctum of the temple. As the name suggests, the main deity of the temple is Lord Shiva. Just outside the main temple, there is a statue of Nandi with its back facing the idol of the Lord and the front facing the main entrance of the temple.
Shiv Bari Temple in Bikaner | Image Resource : travelingculture.wordpress.com
Legends state that Nandi faces the front to save and warn the Lord against any attacks that might come his way.
In short, Nandi is not only the vehicle of the Lord, but also the guardian. As soon as I entered the shrine, the first thing that caught my attention was the fine paintings on the ceilings.
Small, intricate floral designs on glass and wood were breathtakingly beautiful!
The walls inside also have pictures mounted on them. There is an extraordinary painting of Nandi and the temple authorities have preserved these till date. Since the authorities permitted me to take pictures, I clicked several of them. Once done, I sat in one of the corners outside the temple. The place was serene and quiet and I meditated for almost half an hour there.
Before leaving, I took a 360-degree tour of the temple surrounding and found there were two reservoirs too. However, the water was murky. Though small, the architecture of the temple is in line with the religious traditions of the region. This is a must-visit place if you are a lover of peace and serenity.