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Saho Temple, Chamba

Saho Temple Overview

Saho is situated on a high plateau on the bank of the river Sal. It is famous for the temple dedicated to Lord (Chandrashekhar) Shiva with his moon crown. Two magnificent images of Shiva can be seen at the entrance and facing the temple is a life size Nandi bull carved with fine details. The spring water of Saho is supposed to have medicinal value. There is a Forest Rest House at Saho. The village is situated on a high plateau of great beauty. According to Sarahan Prasasti, "The temple was constructed by Stayaki, a local Rana in order to establish friendship between his wife Somprabha and the daughter Parvati". It is believed that the temple belongs to a period earlier than transfer of seat of power from Bharmour to Chamba in 10th century. In the month of August/ September a mela is held in the compound of the temple, coinciding with Manimahesh Yatra. During summer Saho wears a golden mantle of wheat crop and in August/September the fields are lush green with paddy crop.

Location

Twenty kms from Chamba is the village of Saho on the right bank of River Sal.


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