Temples in Mandi


Madho Rai temple: The Madho Rai temple of Mandi which is dedicated to Lord Krishna was the presiding deity of the previous Mandi State. In this image of the Madho Rai (Krishna) has been shown holding the flute in his hand. This image of the deity has been made by goldsmith called Bhima. The history behind the Madho Rai goes that the Raja of Mandi, Suraj Sen had no successor to the throne. Raja Suraj Sen in utter despair after losing his all eighteen sons gives the whole control of State to Madho Rai and ruled and administered the State on his behalf. A tradition has development according to which during Shivratari festival all local deities which assemble during the fair first pay their respect to Madho Rai. Now the Madho Rai Image is in private temple of the Raja’s heir. Its massive vastness, pious and sturdy, its immovable and irrevocable bearing primarily achieved by making the maximum use of the solidity and the shape of stone.

Panchvaktra temple: It is situated at the confluence of the river Beas and its tributary Suketi at Mandi. The image of Panch-anana Shiva is noteworthy. Its five faces are not placed in one row, as usually is the case, but in such a way that the fourth face is on the reverse and the fifth on the top of the sculplture. In this form the lord Shiva represent five aspects of Shiva viz. , Sadyojata, Vamadeva, Aghora, Tatpurusha and Isana. The design of the temple is similar to the design of Trilokiath temple at Mandi. The design approximate date assigned to the temple is 15th century A.D. It is stated that in 1717 there were usually heavy rains and Beas and Suketi were flowing to such an extent that the temple of Panchvaktra temple dedicated to Shiva was completely submerged into flood. There was also great loss of life during that period.

Bhootnath temple: Bhootnath is a manifestation of Lord Shiva, which was build by Raja Ajbar Sen of the Mandi to fulfill his dream in which he was asked to dig where there was buried an idol of Shiva. It is said that in olden days the land on the left bank of the Bead was waste and the cattle used to graze where now stands a temple of Bhutas .Bhootnath is the guardian deity of the Mandi town. It is a Shikhara type of temple, comsisting of a small porch and a cell sur-mounted by a spire. The sabha Man daps in front is apparently an addition.The proch is sup-ported by fluted pillars with capitals carved on elephants. It is the same temple that also signifies the victory of Sidh Sen over the ruler of Kullu, Man Singh and subsequently in this battle the heads of 380 Kullu men were brought to Mandi into a necklace for Mahadev Bhut Nath.

Tarna Mata Temple:
Built by king Shyam Sen at the top of hill named as Tarna Hill, at an altitude of 300 feet above sea level. Temple house the image of Godess Kaali, Lord Shiva and others.There about 305 stairs path to the temple from main bazaar.

Nanina Devi temple, Rewalsar: This is situated at the hill top adjacent to the back of Rewalsar Lake. The legend associated with the temple is similar to one associated with other temple of Sati that her eyes fell on this place, earning it the name of Naina Devi. The temple of Naina Devi was built by Suraj Sen in the 17th century. It was also destroyed in 1905 earthquake. This temple is said to be the creation of a mason, whose right hand was chopped off earlier on the order of Suraj Sen, who had thought that Damdama palace built by him in Mandi was unique in architectural beauty.

Triloknatha Temple: the temple of the lord of three world known as Trilokinath in Shikhara type was built by Sultan Devi-the queen of Raja Ajbar Sen in 1520 A.D. In this temple there is a life size image of the Shiva riding the bull Nandi and consortParvati to the left of the god. This temple also stands to the testimony to the excellence of the artistic skill which was applied in their execution.

Mahamritunjya Temple: Situated in the heart of the town, this temple houses the image of Lord Shiva with his third eye and the lotus posture in meditative contemplation. The four arms of Shiva with usual symbols and right lower hand in ‘Bhumisparsha mudra’,lower left hand holding ‘Kamandal’ right upper hand raised in benediction and upper left hand holding ‘amritkalasha’ – all create the mystique of the rare charm and beauty of Mahamritunjaya Shiva.

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