Stambheshwar Mahadev Temple, also known as the Submerging temple is one of the most unusual Shiva shrines in India.Situated in Kavi Kamboi, Gujarat, this 150 year old Shiva Shrine is flanked by the Arabian Sea on one side and the Bay of Cambay on the other. According to Kumarika khand in Skand Purana, this Shivling was established by Bhagwan Kartik after he killed Tarkasur. What makes this Shivlingam unique is that it can be seen only during low-tide hours. At high tide, it totally disappears, thus earning the name ‘disappearing temple of Mahadev’.Stambheshwar Mahadev Temple History
Stambheswar Mahadev Temple is a 150 year old temple. It is also known as the disappearing Shiva temple. It can be seen only during low tide, as it submerges into the sea during high tide.
The legend of Stambheshwar Mahadev temple in Gujarat goes like this. It is believed that Lord Kartikeya, son of Lord Mahadev killed a demon Tarakasur. Tarkasur was a wicked demon who killed innocent people and drank their blood. But Kartikeya was saddened by his deed. He wanted to redeem himself because he killed a demon who was a great devotee of Lord Shiva. Hence, Vishnu saw this and tried to console him by saying that such demons had to be killed. In spite of all this, when Kartikeyan was bent non redeeming himself, Lord Vishnu suggested that he must lay Shivlingas to worship Lord Shiva.
One of the Shivlingas which he laid down is at Kavi Kamboi, Gujarat. It is now known as the Stambheshwar Mahadev Temple. It is believed that the sight of flowers floating in the sea fulfils wishes of the devotees.
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