Augharnath Mandir in MeerutThe Augharnath Mandir is one of the oldest and the most popular temples in Meerut. Also known as the Kali Paltan Mandir, this temple is one of the important landmarks of Meerut having played a significant role during the struggle of freedom and more particularly the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857. The Shivalinga of this temple is believed to have emerged on its own. It is not known as to when this temple has been built, although it is known that the Maratha soldiers prayed to the Lord here before they proceeded for the war. The presiding deity here is Lord Shiva and, hence, draws huge crowd during the festivals such as Shivaratri, Purnima and Amavas.
Historical Significance of Augharnath Mandir in MeerutDuring the British rule, the Indian soldiers were called as the Kali Paltan or the Black army. This temple is located close to the army barracks in the Cantonment area of Meerut, and hence was popularly known as the Kali Paltan Mandir. The soldiers found this place a safe haven to carry out their dealings and secret meetings during the wartime. The soldiers found a way to quench the thirst by making use of the water from the well situated outside this temple. At around this time, the British had introduced the cartridges greased with the fat of cows, that required the soldiers to remove its seal using their teeth. The priest of the Augharnath Temple disallowed them to enter the temple premises and thus hurt the sentiments of the Hindus. During the war that followed, the Hindu Nationalist leaders called for secret meetings within the temple complex and was also used to store the essentials for the war at the chambers inside the temple.
The Augharnath Temple is located close to the the Shaheed Smarak in the Cantonment area of Meerut. A war memorial located within the temple premises is a solemn memory of the Indian soldiers and patriots who died for the cause of the nation during the First war of Indian Independence. In the year 1968, the old temple was reconstructed and a new hall in hexagonal shape was constructed for auspicious occasions. A gold-plated kalasha weighing around 4.5 kgs was installed at the spire of the temple in 2001.
In present times, Augharnath Temple stands as the oldest Shiva Temple in the city and one of the most frequented one too. Given the fact that the Shiva Linga here is believed to have self originated, tourists and visitors throng to this temple. During the festivals of Maha Shivaratri, Deepavali, Dusherra and Poornima special poojas and offerings are held to mark the occasion.
Address: Augharnath Temple, Meerut Cantonment, Meerut-250001
Contact No. 9897108259