Ardhanarishwar Temple is a sacred temple of Hindus and is highly revered by the devotees. It is situated in Mandy, Himachal Pradesh.
About The Temple
The sculpture of Shiva in Ardhanarishwar Temple is adorned with beautiful garlands and a snake that clings to his body. The other architectural structures that are present in the temple include a mandapa (hall), a porch, and a cellar. The carvings on the walls are beautiful. The temple is of immense religious significance to Hindus. The spectacular temple Architecture is highly admirable.
About The Deity
The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and his consort Parvathi. 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. Shiva has his typical hair and wearing a garland of skulls, an entwined snake, a musical instrument in one hand and a Damru (a type of drum) in the other. The divine consort Parvathi is shown wearing a diadem, earrings and a nose-ring. 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. Ardhanari icons are rather rare in Northern India and the presence of this icon here is rather strange.
Bhunthar Airport at Kullu is the nearest airport, 60 km away.
Jogindher Nagar is the nearest railway station at a distance of 50 km.
Mandy has excellent road connectivity.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Relief from diseases
- Purchase of vehicles
- Gain Knowledge
Kailaasarana Shiva Chandramouli Phaneendra Maathaa Mukutee Zalaalee Kaarunya Sindhu Bhava Dukha Haaree Thujaveena Shambho Maja Kona Taaree
Meaning -Oh Lord Shiva who is seated on Mount Kailash, where the moon decorates his forehead and the king of serpents crown his head, who is merciful and removes delusion, You alone can protect me. I surrender to thee.
Aum Trayambakam Yajaamahey Sugandhim Pusti Vardhanam Urvaarukamiva Bandhanaath Mrutyor Muksheeya Maamritaat
Meaning -We worship the fragrant Lord Shiva, who has 3 eyes and who cultivates all beings. May He free me from death, for immortality, as even a cucumber is separated from its bond with the vine.
Morning 6:00 am to Evening 9:00 pm