The grand construction of Gorakhnath Temple located in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh has been completed at the same holy place where Gorakhnath Ji did penance. Gorakhnath Temple is situated in a vast lush green area of 52 acres.
According to the belief of the Nath sect, Gorakhnath appeared in Peshawar (Punjab) in Satyuga, Gorakhpur (U.P.) in Tretayuga, Harbhuj (ahead of Dwarka) in Dwapar Yuga, and Gorakhmarhi (Saurashtra) in Kaliyuga. The origin of the Nath sect is believed to be Adinath by Lord Shiva. Gaurakshanath, an incarnation of Shiva, gained fame as the paramacharya of Nathpanth by becoming a disciple of Matsyendranath ji, who had received the philosophy from Adinath Shiva.
In the 14th century in India, Muslim emperor Khilji tried several times to demolish the Gorakhnath Temple, but he could not succeed in this.
In the 17th – 18th centuries, Aurangzeb attacked the Gorakhnath Temple several times, but each time he had to return in the face of the organized power of the Hindus. The minor damage that occurred in the Temple was immediately rectified by the yogis here.
The Gorakhnath Temple was thoroughly renovated in the second phase of the 19th century. The credit for its construction goes to Yogiraj Mahant Digvijaynath and his disciple Mahant Avadyanath Ji Maharaj. On the main altar in the inner chamber of the Temple is a white marble divine idol copy of Shivavatar Amaraka Mahayogi Guru Gorakhnath Ji Maharaj.
Deity is a Siddhimayi divine yoga idol. The sight of this idol is enchanting and enthralling. The feet of Shri Guru Gorakhnath ji is also revered here. Whose methodically goes to worship? Worship of Lord Gorakhnath’s Deity starts with the plucking of drums in the morning, in the mid-day, the sequence of worship also goes on, and in the evening from a fixed time to the appointed time, the program of pre-aarti, etc. The marking of the paintings of Navnaths in the Temple has also become very grand.
The Akhand Jyoti lit by Gorakhnath ji on the premises of the Temple has been burning continuously since Tretayug date. Many mothers take the kajal of this flame and apply it to the eyes of their children. Akhand Dhuna is the subject of special attraction in the courtyard of Gorakhnath Temple. The fire ignited by Yogeshwar Gorakhnath in Tretayuga is still present in this dhun, and fuel is poured regularly to keep it burning. The ashes of this dhun are the destroyer of various kinds of sufferings and are extremely holy for the devotees.
There are mural sculptures of Shiva, Ganesha, Riddhi-Siddhi, Kali Mata, Kaal Bhairav, Sheetla Mata, and Navnaths in the parikrama way of Gorakhnath Temple. Radha-Krishna, Hathi Mata, Santoshi Mata, Shri Ram Darbar, Navagraha Devta, Shani Devta, Bhagwati Bal Devi and Lord Vishnu, Shri Hanuman, and Mahabali Bhima are revered on the premises of the Gorakhnath Temple.
All the special festivals and festivals celebrated in Gorakhnath Temple. Makar Sankranti festival celebrated with great enthusiasm since ancient times. While traveling Jwala ji, Gorakhnath ji reached Gorakhpur and started doing penance sitting at the same place where the Temple built today. Devotees built a hut for Guru Gorakhnath ji. They started filling khichdi in the miraculous cakes of Gorakhnath ji. It was the date of Makar Sankranti. It is never full, so since then, a huge fair of 45 days held every year on the occasion of Khichdi in Gorakhnath Temple, which is not held in any Temple in the world.
Sanskrit Vidyapeeth, Ayurveda College, Charitable Hospital, Smriti Bhawan, Education Council, Women’s Hostel, Inter College, Degree College, Gaushala, and more than one and a half dozen educational institutions run by Gorakhnath Temple for public service. There has been an unprecedented increase in social, cultural, religious, and political work after Yogi Adityanath took over.
This remarkable temple organizes several cultural operations and social awareness programs inside the main complex. It is a religious area that serves as the religious and cultural center of the city. Umapati devotees visit this pilgrimage, especially on the Makar Sankranti festival in the month of January every year. A special type of Khichdi offered as Prasad to Gorakhnath Baba.
On normal days 6-7 thousand per day, Tuesday, Sunday, and Thursday 10-12 thousand per day, the Makar Sankranti fair would be of 45 days, in which more than 50 lakh devotees come from all over the world. Around the whole year. Millions of devotees visit. The area of the Temple is 52 acres.
Gorakhpur to Lucknow 300, Kanpur 380, Delhi 800 Mumbai 2,400, Kolkata 1,100, Varanasi 300, Patna 475, Jagannathdham 1,800, Haridwar 750, Prayag 400 km. is far. The nearest railway station is Gorakhpur and the airport is Lucknow.
Gorakhnath Temple is located in Gorakhpur in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India. It is famous- Gorakhpur Math or Gorakhpur Math among local devotees. It is basically located near St Joseph’s School on Gorakhnath Road. This revered Hindu temple is dedicated to Gorakhnath Guru, who was a religious saint in the early ages. He meditated for a very long time in this holy vicinity with a deep concentration. A temple was established in his name. He was an ancient yogi who used to involve himself in the yatra. He was also a famous writer who wrote part of the Nath Sampradaya.
- The eternal flame is burning in the Temple from Tretayug till today.
- From Tretayug till today, Akhand Dhuna is burning.
- A 45-day fair is organized during Makar Sankranti, in which 50 lakh devotees from all over the world participate. It is not like this in any other Temple in the world.
- This is the largest and most influential Temple of Yogi Gorakhnath in the world.
Gorakhnath Temple Timing:
3:00 AM – 11:30 AM, 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM