Dirdham Temple, Darjeeling: Modeled in Tibetan architecture with a multi-layered Pagoda façade of Kathmandu s Pashupathinath Temple is this charming Dirdham Temple in Darjeeling that is one of many abodes of Lord Shiva. Located one kilometre from the Darjeeling Railway Station on the south of the city, the Dirdham Temple is a very attractive and compact structure - with color red dominating the subdues yellow and white colours on the Temple walls.
Built pre-independence in 1939, the Temple sits pretty in the centre of the city and is visited by thousands each tourist season owing mainly to its catchy architecture in vibrant colours. Within the circular courtyard of the Temple is a statue of Lord Shiva which depicts what he is famous for - his 5 moods or facial expressions - known as the Pancha Bakram Tri Netram.
The big red and yellow coloured Temple doorway is very impressive and stands out in the green Darjeeling settings. The Temple premises are landscaped with lots of greenery and the view of the Darjeeling Hills and Valley behind the Temple is wonderful. It s no wonder that the aesthetics of this Temple is such a major crowd-puller.
The Temple ambience at an altitude of 7000 feet above sea level is wonderful and many pilgrims from the plains of Siliguri do make an annual visit at Shiv Ratri (which usually falls in the month of February) when the entire Temple premises is decorated with flowers and the temple is agog with festivities - celebrated by the Temple staff and the pilgrims.