Nishkalank Mahadev

Nishkalank Mahadev Temple is situated in Koliyak, approximately 25 km east of Bhavnagar, Gujarath. Nishkalank means "No Blemish" (களங்கமற்ற). The main deity here is Lingam, aniconic representation of Lord Shiva. It is approximately 1.5 km inside the sea, as you see it in the picture below.

The highlight of this temple is, it is built under sea. Can you believe it? Similar to temples built on top of hills and mountains, near waterfalls, inside caves, this temple is built under sea.

On a high tide day, the temple will be completely submerged under sea water and only the flag on top of the Lighthouse will appear. On a low tide day, the temple will emerge slowly as the water recedes and reveal fully after couple of hours.

Tides are active during Full Moon (Purnima) and New Moon (Amawasya) day.

It is a 20 min walk and it is slightly slippery but manageable though. Devotees go to the temple by bare foot, perform Pooja and return.

There are Five Lingams in total of varying sizes. The main one is shown on the left and another one on the right. There is a Nandhi in front of each Lingam. There is a small pond called "Pandava Kund" which is used by the Devotees to wash their hands and legs before worshipping Lord Shiva.

Legend of this Place : It is believed that this temple was built by Pandavas. After the Mahabharat war, the Pandavas wanted redemption of their sins acquired through killing of their cousins and relatives. Lord Krishna handed over a black flag and a black cow and said when both the cow and the flag turns white all your sins will be redeemed. The Pandavas walked for days in search of the place where the cow and flag will turn white. And finally when they arrived Koliyak beach, both turned white. So, Pandavas started worshiping Lord Shiva for forgiving their sins. Impressed by their worship, Lord Shiva appeared in the form of Swayambu Lingam to each brother. Pleased Pandavas worshiped the Lingams and named them as "Nishkalank Mahadev". Nishkalank means No blemish or clean or pure.

Best time to visit : The water starts receding after 1 pm. Around 4 pm, the temple will be fully visible and devotees start walking towards the temple. Sometime, it recedes after dark.

Other things to do : There are few roadside shops which serve Tender coconut, hot roasted corn, snacks and tea. In case you reach before the sea has receded fully, enjoy watching the sea receding with some snacks and tea.

Also, very near by there is a temple "Nishkalank Ramji Mandir" a quiet and calm temple. It is open up to 8.0 pm. No Priest will be there. So, you can just visit the temple and have darshan of Lord Ram.

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