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The Mahakal Temple or Mahakal Mandir is a sacred Hindu temple situated in Darjeeling in the state of West Bengal, India dedicated to the Hinduism god Lord Shiva, the third god in the Hindu triumvirate. The Temple was built in 1782 by Lama Dorjey Rinzing and is located atop the Observatory Hill in Darjeeling and is an amalgamation of Hindu and Buddhist religions. It is a unique sacred religious site where both religions coexist harmoniously.
Mahakal Temple stands as a historical structure on the spot where a Buddhist Monastery named 'Dorje-Ling' once stood which was built by Lama Dorjey Rinzing in 1765. Legend has it that three Shiva-Lingas representing Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwar (Lord Shiva) exhibited themselves at the site in 1782. The monastery itself was looted and destroyed in 1815 during the Gorkha attack after which it was moved to Bhutia Busty about a mile away and was called the Bhutia Busty Monastery. The Temple is a much revered and attended the religious shrine of the area. The name Darjeeling came from the name of the monastery 'Dorje-Ling' itself.