Augharnath Temple

The Augharnath Temple in Meerut, also known as the Kali Paltan Mandir, is the oldest Shiva temple in the city and also the most frequented. The Shiva Linga at this temple is believed to be a Swayambhu (self-manifested), making it a popular attraction among the devotees of Lord Shiva.


The temple’s historical significance stems out from the fact that it played an important role during the Freedom Struggle. Apart from the Shiva Linga, there are shrines for Radha Krishna and Goddess Durga at the temple. Being a predominantly Shiva Temple, the Augharnath Temple is flocked by hundreds of devotees on occasions like Mahashivratri and Purnima.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit the Augharnath Temple is during festivals like Mahashivratri, Diwali and Dusshera. The temple organises special pujas and offerings on such occasions. It gives the pilgrims an opportunity to seek blessings on an auspicious day and also to witness the temple in its utmost glory.

Kali Paltan Mandir

The Indian soldiers were referred to as the Kali Paltan or the Black Army during the British rule. This temple is situated very close to the Cantonment area in Meerut. Hence, it was popularly called the Kali Paltan Mandir during those times. The soldiers would carry out their secret meetings and other dealings at this temple. They would use the water from the temple well to quench their thirst.

During the war, the temple would be used to store the essentials. A war memorial was also built in the temple premises to honour the memory of those Indian soldiers who died during the First War of Indian Independence. The old temple was reconstructed in 1968. A hexagonal hall was added for auspicious occasions. A 4.5 kg gold-plated kalasha was also installed in 2001.

How to Reach Augharnath Temple

Once in Meerut, travellers can opt for the city bus services to reach the Augharnath Temple. Alternatively, there are auto rickshaws and private taxis as well.