Gola Gokarananatha

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Gola Gokarannath (गोला गोकरननाथ) is city and tahsil in Lakhimpur Kheri district of Uttar Pradesh. It is known for Shiva temple.


Gola Gokran Nath is situated at 28.08° N 80.47° E. Gola Gokran Nath is a small city situated at the banks of Sarayan River. It is surrounded by dense tropical forest. It is the second biggest town of Lakhimpur Kheri district.


Jat Gotras


Shiv Temple Gola Gokarannath

Shiv Temple of Gola Gokaran Nath is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Gola Gokarannath is also called Chhoti Kashi. It is the belief of the people that Lord Shiva was pleased with the penance (Tapasya) of Rawana (King of Lanka) and offered him a boon. Rawana requested the Lord Shiva to go to Lanka with him and leave Himalaya forever. The Lord Shiva agreed to go on condition that he should not be placed anywhere on the way to Lanka. If he were placed anywhere, he would settle at that place. Rawana agreed and started his journey to Lanka with the Lord on his head. When Rawana reached the Gola Gokarannath (then called Gollihara) he felt the need to urinate (a call of nature). Rawana offered some gold coins to a shepherd (who was none other than Lord Ganesha sent by deities) for placing the Lord Shiva on his head until he returned. The shepherd (Lord Ganesha) placed him on the land. Rawana failed to lift him up despite all his efforts. He pressed him on his head with his thumb in full anger. The impression of Rawana's thumb is still present on the Shivling. In the month of Chatra (April) a great fair is organised for one month known as Cheti-Mela.

गोला गोकरननाथ

विजयेन्द्र कुमार माथुर[1] ने लेख किया है ...गोलागोकरननाथ (AS, p.305) लखीमपुर खेरी ज़िला, उत्तर प्रदेश का एक शहर है। यह नगर प्राचीन काल में बौद्ध धर्म का एक केन्द्र था। तत्कालीन समय के अनेक खंडहर यहाँ आज भी पड़े हुए हैं। अब यहाँ केवल छोटे मंदिर व मठ हैं।

यह नगर यहाँ स्थित भगवान शिव के 'शिवमन्दिर' के लिए प्रसिद्ध है। गोलागोकरननाथ को 'छोटी काशी' भी कहा जाता है। यहाँ पर एशिया की सबसे बड़ी मिल 'बजाब हिन्दुस्तान शुगर मिल' भी है। गोलागोकरननाथ में कई प्रसिद्ध मन्दिर हैं- श्री लक्ष्मी नारायण मन्दिर, राम मन्दिर, राम जानकी मन्दिर, मंगला देवी मन्दिर, फूल बाबा आश्रम, दुर्गा मन्दिर इस नगर में 'जिंद बाबा की मजार' मुस्लिम धार्मिक आस्था का केन्द्र है।[2]

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