Gola Gokaran Nath Temple is an ancient Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is located in Gola Gokarannath, Uttar Pradesh, India. This temple is also called as Choti Kashi and Gokaran Nath Dham.
According to legends; pleased with the penance of King of Lanka Ravana, Lord Shiva offered him a boon. Ravana requested Lord Shiva to go to Lanka with him and leave Himalaya forever. 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. Shiv gave him one of the twelve Jyotirlingams. Ravana agreed and started his journey to Lanka with the Lord on his head. When he reached the Gola Gokaran Nath (ancient name: Gollihara); he felt the need to urinate. He 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. Ravana 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. Because of that the Shivling became like a Cow's Ear and mounted around 5 feet below from the ground level.
Puja and Festivals
One month-long Cheti Mela is one of the major attractions of Gola Gokaran Nath Temple. This fair is organized in the Hindu month of Chaitra. Like other shiv temples; Maha Shivratri is celebrated in this temple with lots of enthusiasm.
The importance of Gokarnnath Dham increases during Shravan maas. During this period, lakhs of devotees throng the Holy Shiv Temple. The kanwarias first take a dip in the tirth Sarovar to purify themselves and then enter into the temple, where the Ganges water is offered to the Jyotirling. Lakhs of devotees from the entire state gathered in this temple in the Bhoot Nath mela to be held on the last Shravan Somvar(Monday).