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Ardhanari Temple - Mandi India

City: Mandi

State: Himachal Pradesh

Location: North India

Type of Construction: Modern

Type of Building: Temple

Dedicated To: Lord Shiva

Other Deities: Bhairon and Hanuman

Religion: Hinduism

Accomodation: Accomodations are available at Mandi.

Accesibility: Mandi is well connected by rail and road to the major cities.


About Ardhanari Temple in Mandi, Himachal Pradesh : The Ardhnari temple at Mandi is, compara- tively, a modern temple. The right half of the stone image in the temple represents the Siva and the left half his consort Paivati. Siva has his typical knotted hair and wearing a garland of skulls, an entwined serpent, a musical instrument in one hand and a Damru (drum) in the other. The divine consort Parvati is shown wearing a diadem, a pair of earrings and a ring on the nose. The icon is well executed from all standards. There is a slab joined to the image on which the vehicles (Vahan) of the deities- the bull and the lion, are artistically carved. The images of Bhairon and Hanuman are also there. The temple consists of a cella, porch and a mandap. The carvings of the temple are of a high order. Ardhnari icons are rather rare in Northern India and the presence of this icon here is rather strange.

Dedicated To : Lord Shiva & Goddess Parvati
Religious Significance : The name “Ardhanarishwaer” means half man and half woman. The right half of the stone image in the temple represents Lord Shiva and the left half his consort Parvathi.
Temple Timings : 6:00 am to 9:00 pm
Nearest Railway Station : Joginder Nagar
Nearest Airport : Bhuntar Airport Kullu

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