An interesting place which not only has religious significance but historical importance as well, Augarnath Temple is an important place to see in Meerut. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this Hindu temple is located in the Cantonment area of the city and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Meerut. It is the place where the great revolt of India’s independence in 1857 started. The history of this temple in Meerut is little known. However, it is said that at this temple, the Maratha rulers used to perform the pilgrimage on auspicious occasions making it a significant place of worship in the city. The temple complex also includes a memorial which is built to commemorate the martyrs of the Independence War of 1857.
Along with that, the temple also houses two shrines - Shiva Mandir and Shri Krishna Mandir. Of both the temple, the Shri Krishna Mandir is the recent addition in Augarnath Temple. The present structure of the temple has replaced the old temple. Until 1944, the temple had a large complex consisting of numerous small shrines and a nearby well. Also, it was surrounded by a cluster of trees that make the setting of Augarnath Temple a scenic one. Later in the year 1968, the old complex was demolished and in place of it, a new temple was constructed in the modern architecture style. In 1987, some additions were made in the structure of the temple. A huge hexagonal hall was also added in the complex to host religious ceremonies and bhajans. One of the key features of the Augarnath Temple is a 4.5 kg gold plated urn (Kalash) at the spire of the shrine installed in the year 2001.
Meerut Cantt, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh 250001, India
The temple of Augarnath stays open all days of the week. One can visit the shrine on any day from 5 in the morning to 10 in the evening.
Like most of the tourist sites in Meerut, Augarnath Temple can also be visited througout the year. However, the winter season is considered the best time to visit the shrine. Commencing in the month of October, winters in Meerut are more pleasant than summers and monsoon. During this time, the pleasant weather condition allows travellers to explore the city to the fullest. The season ends in the month of February.