Welcome to Shankar Math
In 1977, a large Shiva-temple ‘Arbuda-Vishwanatha-Mahadeva’ was consecrated in the premises. Not only is the installed Lingam with a proportionate Pithika one of the largest observed, its shikhara is also in the form of Lingam complete with a Pithika.
Swami Maheshanand Giri Ji Maharaj had read about a Shiva-Temple in the Puranas that the Shivalinga in it was such that it wore the skin of a tiger and could be seen even without entering the temple. Since then he decided to build such a temple. On finding such a stone, it was available in a mine near Phalna (Rajasthan). Its size also, was so big that a very huge Linga-Jalahari could be made which would be visible from a long distance. Swamiji decided to build the dome of the temple in the shape of “Linga-Jalahari”, so that looking at the temple dome would also mean seeing Lord Shiva. A devotion hall (Lecture Hall) was also built alongside the temple. Outside walls of the temple were decorated with “Chheetar” stone from Jodhpur. The construction of the temple dome started only after the stone for the Linga reached the place of Garbhagraha (room in a temple containing an idol) as, it is believed that Linga should not enter the temple from the door. Read More
The Wordless Wisdom
“The mental state in Samadhi is called dakshina, the skillful (because it accomplishes what nothing else can). That which is seen through the mukha (portal) of dakshina is the Dakshinabhimukha i.e. Dakshinamurti and that is Shiva; so have the preachers of Brahman declared.”