Dhirdham Temple is a Hindu temple deeply inspired by Tibetan and Buddhist architectural styles. It was built by Rai Saheb Purna Bahadur Pradhan in 1939 and is believed to be a reflection of the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal.The pagoda-style architecture of this temple is inspired from the Pashupatinath Temple in Nepal. This temple was built in the year 1939, under the patronage of Purna Bahadur Pradhan, Nepal’s reigning king at that time. Pradhan was also known as Rai Saheb, a title given by the Viceroy of India in 1936.
he man behind the beautiful structure of the shrine was Beg Raj Sakya, an eminent Gorkha architect. The intricately carved and colourful roof of this temple is attractive, and the idol of Lord Shiva exudes palpable spiritual energy. It depicts “Pancha Bakram Tri Netram” which means five different facial expressions of Lord Shiva in different moods and the third eye. The idol of Lord Shiva is placed close to the entrance facing the temple and surrounded by a short height concrete fence. Three Shiva-lingas representing Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwar are believed to have been manifested here. There is also stunning scenery of hills and valleys which you can enjoy from behind the temple.
How to Reach:
Bagdogra, 90 K.M. (via NH 110) away from Darjeeling, is the nearest airport connected by flights from major cities like Kolkata, Delhi and Guwahati.
Apart from Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Station (88 K.M. from New Jalpaiguri Railway Station) the two closest railway stations are Siliguri and New Jalpaiguri. These railway stations have direct railway connections with Kolkata, Delhi, Guwahati, and other major cities of India.
The major access to Darjeeling by road is via Siliguri, 77 K.M. (via NH 55), which is connected to all the major cities of India. Bus service is available from Tenzing Norgay Bus Stand, Siliguri. Smaller vehicles are also available on seat-sharing/ hire from airport, railway station, motor syndicates / police motor stand. Facility of Pre-paid taxi stand from NJP Railway station & Bagdogra airport can also be availed. The four routes that one can opt from Siliguri to reach Darjeeling are: i) Tindharia – Kurseong route ii) Dudhiya – Mirik route iii) Rohini route iv) Pankhabari