Dhirdham Temple

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Dhirdham Temple, Dhirdham Temple, Limbugaon, Darjeeling, West Bengal, India
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Dhirdham Temple in Darjeeling, India, is a famous Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It’s one of the city’s oldest temples and a top tourist spot. The temple was built in 1939 by King Rai Saheb Purna Bahadur Pradhan of Nepal, with architectural inspiration from the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu.

The temple has a unique design with a white statue of Lord Shiva at the entrance, showing his five different facial expressions and his powerful third eye. The roof looks like Tibetan monasteries and is painted in bright colors like red, yellow, and white. Located near the Toy Train Station, the temple offers stunning views of the hills and valleys. It’s especially busy during the Shivratri festival in February and March.

Dhirdham Temple is an important religious and cultural site in Darjeeling, showcasing the city’s Hindu heritage and its connection to Nepal. It’s also a must-visit for tourists who admire its beautiful architecture and peaceful atmosphere.


  • Architecturally Fusion: Dhirdham Temple blends Hindu-Tibetan styles seamlessly.
  • Pashupatinath Essence: Echoes the spiritual aura of Kathmandu's revered temple.
  • Pagoda Charm: Intricate design and pagoda roof highlight its elegance.
  • Cross-Tradition Harmony: Symbolizes unity amid diverse cultural influences.
  • Serene Spirituality: Dhirdham's sculptures create a tranquil spiritual ambiance.

Frequently asked questions

Dhirdham Temple is renowned for its seamless fusion of Hindu and Tibetan architectural styles.

Rai Saheb Purna Bahadur Pradhan constructed Dhirdham Temple in 1939.

Dhirdham Temple exudes a serene and spiritual ambiance, enhancing the visitor's sense of tranquility and introspection.

Yes, the temple features an idol of Lord Shiva with "Pancha Bakram Tri Netram," representing his different moods and third eye, along with three Shiva-lingas symbolizing Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheshwar.

Absolutely, visitors can relish stunning views of hills and valleys from behind the temple.

Dhirdham Temple is just 100 m away from Darjeeling Railway Station.


No, there is no entrance fee to visit Dhirdham Temple. It is open to all visitors throughout the day.


The temple is open from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM daily.


The best time to visit Dhirdham Temple is during the morning or evening hours to avoid the midday heat. The aarti ceremonies at 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM are particularly special. Additionally, during Mahashivratri, the temple comes alive with grand celebrations.

Yes, several other attractions are located near Dhirdham Temple, including:


  • Batasia Loop: A toy train loop offering panoramic views of the Himalayas.
  • Ghoom Monastery: A Buddhist monastery with a historic Tibetan connection.
  • Himalayan Mountaineering Institute: A renowned mountaineering institute showcasing climbing expeditions.
  • Tibetan Refugee Market: A vibrant market selling Tibetan handicrafts and souvenirs.

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Dhirdham Temple, Dhirdham Temple, Limbugaon, Darjeeling, West Bengal, India


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View of Dhridham temple on a sunny day with blue sky.
Samagata Das
Situated near Darjeeling Railway Station, Dhirdham Temple holds significant importance as a Hindu temple in Darjeeling. Dedicated to Lord Shiva. Daily rituals are conducted in the morning and evening at this temple. Drawing inspiration from Nepal's Pashupatinath Temple, Dhirdham Temple offers visitors a captivating perspective of Darjeeling's hills and valleys.
View of Dhridham temple on a sunny day with blue sky.
Rahul Kumar Pal
This distinctive temple located near the railway station, offers a picturesque mountain panorama and exudes a serene and tranquil atmosphere. It's a must-visit for everyone, with a gentle plea to preserve its unique ambiance by avoiding overcrowding and preserving the temple's sanctity.

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