State: Himachal Pradesh
Location: North India
Type of Construction: Modern
Type of Building: Temple
Dedicated To: Lord Shiva
Other Deities: Bhairon and Hanuman
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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