Adinath temple is located at the summit of the Mainak Hill in the village Thakurthala under Ghorakghat Union in Maheshkhali sub-district of Cox’s Bazar. Adinath Temple is 86 meter above sea level, and this temple stands as a symbol of the presence of the Nath philosophy and culture in Bangladesh. The Nath community is an ardent follower of Lord Shiva, and Shree Shree Matsyendarnath is considered to be the founder of the Nath community, who was also the guru of Goraknath.
AT A GLANCE Name: Adinath Temple Location: Adinath Temple , Moheshkhali , Cox’s Bazar ,Bangladesh Destination: Dhaka to Cox’s Bazar. Transport: Green Line bus service, Shoag, Hanif Paribhan etc bus services from Uttara Fakirapul, Saydabad , Kalampur, Panthopath etc. Fair: BDT 800 to 2000 (Bus), Airplane would cost 20000 taka or more(Dhaka to Cox’s Bazar ) Time: 10 – 12 Hours (Bus),30 minutes (Air). Explore: Adinath Temple , Moheshkhali ,Cox’s Bazar ,Bangladesh Distance: 400 kilometers from Dhaka. Cost: Depend to coverage tourists spots. Accommodation: Parjatan Hotel,Hotel,Motel,Rest house etc available. Food: Available. Advice: Keep dry foods, water, medicines, saline, glucose, extra money, and kits.
Maheshkhali is an island which can be visited from Cox’s Bazar by speedboat or steamboat. Many tourists of Cox’s Bazar go to Maheshkhali Island to experience and see the natural beauty of the island as well as the boat journey in the sea. Particularly in speedboat tourists will feel the splash of water as the surface of the speedboat touch the rolling waves and bounces a little. It is an amazing experience altogether.
From Maheshkhali town tourists have to walk to Mainak Hill, and they will find stairs which leads up to the top of Mainak Hill where the Adinath Temple is situated. While going up the stairs, there are many local people selling many items such as dress, hats etc. Along with the natural beauties of Maheshkhali, the serene environment of the coast, Adinath temple is an amazing sight to visit and experience the grandeur and beauty of the temple.
Adinath temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, who is worshipped as Adinath. Some say that one of the disciples of Goraknath, the first guru of the Nath community, came to Maheshkhali and built this magnificent temple. The reason for some to say this is because the Maheshkhali Adinath temple resembles the other temples created by the Nath communities. The temple is 6 meters high, and the inner walls are 105 meters thick. There are three parts of the temple. The northern part has two square rooms where devotees of Shiva worship exist, the eastern part has the image of Shiva Linga, and the western part has the image of Mother Durga. The name Gorakghat, which is the name of the union where the Adinath Temple is situated, is also probably called by one of the disciples of Goraknath.
How to visit Adinath Temple?
To visit Adinath Temple tourists first, will need to go to Cox’s Bazaar. There are various bus services available from different points of Dhaka City. For example Green Line bus service, Shoag, Hanif Paribhan etc. The price of tickets varies from the type of bus service tourists want to avail for themselves. For example, for Green Line bus service there is AC buses deluxe service which costs 1800 to 2000 taka tickets per person. There are other AC bus services which cost 1400 to 1500 taka. Non- AC bus is also available which costs 800 to 900 taka per person. It takes 10 to 12 hours to reach Cox’s Bazaar from Dhaka.
Through train also service, however, tourists must go to Chittagong by train and take the rest of the journey to Cox’s bazar, which takes 2 hours from Chittagong, by bus or car. Through aeroplane, one can also go to Cox’s Bazar, and it takes 30 minutes. The cost is high but the service is good, and there are many US Bangla private flights from Dhaka to Cox’s Bazar. For each person, the ticket for travelling to Cox’s Bazaar by aeroplane would cost 20000 taka or more.
Once tourists reach Cox’s Bazar, they will have to take a rickshaw and go to an area name Ghat No. 6, Cox Bazaar Ghat. From there, tourists will have to go to Maheshkhali by speedboat or steamboat. The cost of a speedboat is 100 taka or less per person. From Maheshkhali, visitors can take an auto rickshaw to the area near Mainak Hill or walk to Mainak Hill and from there walk the stairs to reach Adinath Temple.
Living Accommodations and Food Facilities
There are no living accommodations available in Maheshkhali area. Therefore tourists will have to go to Adinath Temple by morning and return to Cox’s Bazar by late afternoon. There are many hotel services available in Cox’s Bazar. Cox’s Bazar is a very tourist friendly place and has food and living facilities. There are some hotels to choose from and of various types. Some hotels are nature-oriented filled with trees, and the rooms are like tents. Some hotels are magnificent in their service of food; there are large rooms. Also, there is a house in Cox’s Bazar main town which is given for rent to the tourists; these are relatively cheaper than the hotels.
There are many local restaurants in Moheshkhail. Tourists can try the various local fish items which are amazing to taste. Also chicken and beef meat are available. The food prices are reasonable. In Cox’s Bazar, there is a wide range of restaurants available with a wide price range so tourists can have their lunch and dinner according to their convenience.