Mankameshwar Mandir lies in the banks of river Yamuna, near Saraswathi Ghat. This is one of the prominent and old Shiva temples of Prayagraj (Allahabad).
The main idol of this temple is the black stone lingam which has been installed upon an 80-feet hillock amongst beautiful surroundings. It is believed that the 3 and a half feet Shivling is a lot deeper underground and is said to have been installed by Lord Ram himself on his way to Chitrakoot, another place of religious importance. The Shivling is the main idol of the temple but there are many other idols installed in and around the temple which include a Nandi and Lord Ganesh, a grand statue of Lord Hanuman, a Banyan and Peepal tree and a well, all of which are worshipped with immense faith by devotees.
In the holy city of Allahabad also known as Prayag, the specialty of the Mankameshwar Temple is the decoration of the statue of Lord Shiva which is changed daily. During aarti, the continuous blowing of the shankh or the conch shell, beating of drums and ringing of the temple bells produce melodious music which is very soothing to the ears. This is accompanied by chanting and loud recitation of prayers and religious songs. One of the most prominent Shiva Temples in Allahabad, Mankameshwar is also known as the “Pishach Mochan Tirtha”. Shivratri is celebrated with great grandeur. The month of Sawan according to the Hindu calendar is kind of a festival month, all Mondays of the month are considered especially auspicious and one can see thousands of devotees thronging to the temple to offer their prayers to the Lord and observing fasts in the name of Lord Shiva.