Anandeswar Temple


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Distance (From Kanpur Central): 6 Kms

Trip Duration (Including Travel): 30 Mins - 1 Hr

Transportation Options: Bus / Cab / Auto

Travel Tips: None

At a distance of 6 km from Kanpur Central, Anandeswar Temple is a Hindu temple located in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. Situated on the banks of the River Ganges, it is one of the prominent temples to visit as part of the Kanpur tour packages.

Built in the 18th century, Anandeswar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the oldest temples of Kanpur. According to legend, it is believed that Karna used to worship at this place every day during the Mahabharata period. When Karna came to perform his pooja, a cow named Anandi, dropped her whole milk at the same place. The cow's behavior seems to be strange for the owner and he gathered all the villagers and excavated the place where they got the Shiva Linga. The villagers thought to move the Shiva Linga to a good place, but it did not move. Hence, they built the temple at the same place and named the temple Anandeshwar Mandir after the cow.

There is a shiva linga facing north in the sanctum sanctorum of the temple. This place is one of its kind due to the presence of a natural Shivaling. Besides, the temple house several idols of Hindu Gods which include Goddess Kali, Goddess Parvati, Goddess Annapurna, Lord Ganesha, Kaal Bhairav, and Lord Kartik. The temple houses a lot of bells in its precincts. The Anandeshwar Shiva temple crowded during the festival of Shivratri and Shravan month.

Timings: 6 AM - 9 PM

Entry: Free