Location: Located near to Jagannath Temple, Loknath Temple is one of the best temples dedicated to Lord Shiva in Puri.
Description: Dating back to 11th century, Loknath Temple is a well known place of interest for tourists. Lord Shiva is worshipped in this temple in the form of Shiv Lingam. According to legends, Shiv Lingam was established by Lord Ram in the temple and that is why the temple holds special reverence among devotees. The most unique feature that differentiates the Loknath Temple from other temples is that the Shiv Lingam present here is always under water. It is believed that Goddess Ganga is flowing through the top of the Shiv Lingam as a stream. Shiva is a popular deity and considered as the God of supreme powers in Hinduism. Devotees have a great belief that seeking blessings from Lord Shiva will cure all their ailments and sorrows. Visitors may also see the treasures and jewelry of Jagannath Temple which is also kept in the Loknath Temple.
Activities: Shivratri and Saranti Somavar Fair are the most popular festivals celebrated with great euphoria and grandiosity. Shivratri is celebrated especially on Monday, the day of Lord Shiva, and in the month of Vaishakha, Shraavana and Kartika.