The Lingam at the Gola Gokaran Nath Temple is a site of great importance for devotees of Lord Shiva. It’s said to have been placed there by Lord Ganesh, disguised as a shepherd.
Ravan angered by the fact that he failed to carry the shiva-ling back to Lanka, pressed it on its head with his thumb. The impression of his thumb created an indent with looks like a cow’s ear, hence the name Gokaran.
One of the oldest forms in which Lord Shiva is worshipped is that of the Lingam. It is said to represent identification, a medium through which one can connect with the Truth. It is also considered a perineal source of energy which resonates with the meaning of Shiva’s name- “the one who offers Mangalam (unending good)”.
More than 10 lakh pilgrims throng the temple during the month of Shravan. Legend has it that fourteen rubies came out of the churning of oceans during Sawan.
Thirteen of these were distributed to demons. The fourteenth ruby, poison, was consumed by Shiva himself and stored in his throat which turned his neck blue. All the gods, thereafter started offered Shiva water from the Ganges as an anecdote.