Kayavarohan temple Kayavarohan
About Kayavarohan temple
Kayavarohan temple is built according to the Indian tradition. The temple walls and pillars display fine carvings of nature. The walls also depict different aasanas and forms of Yoga. Shiva lingam itself is a manifestation of a meditating yogi in Shambavi Mudra. The temple also houses an underground meditation cave. Kayavarohan, also known as Karvan is an ancient city. It is believed that this city has existed through all the four eras i.e. Sat Yug, Dwapar Yug, Treta Yug and Kali Yug. As per Shaivite belief, Lord Shiva appeared at this place in the disguise of Lakulish. From here, Lord Shiva transmigrated into the disguise of a Brahmin child. Hence, the place got its name Kayavarohan which literally translates to Kaya meaning Body and Avarohan meaning Descent, where the body of Lord Shiva has descended. A large number of copper coins and a stone quern have been discovered from this site along with a beautiful head of Tapas, an idol of Kartikeya and Uma Maheshwara. The present structure was completed in 1974 by Swami Kripalvanandji. The belief has it that during the uncivilized invasion of Mahmood of Ghazni, this luminous Jyotirlinga of Lakulish merged with all of the other Twelve Jyotirlingas and disappeared.
By Air: Vadodara airport is the nearby airport to access the temple.
By Train: Kayavarohan and Vadodara are the closest railheads.
By Road: The temple stands on the National Highway 8 at a distance of 30 km from Vadodara. Buses are available from Por bus stand.
Maha Shivratri is a most popular festival in Kayavarohan. Hundreds of men wear Lord Shiva's attire and appear at the temple to seek the blessings.