Mantalai

June 28, 2015

Mantalai

Mantalai-Sudhmahadev-Chenani-Udhampur

The Temple of Mantalai, in Chenani Tehsil of Udhampur district, is about few kms from Sudh Mahadev, at an elevation of 1450 metres. The surrounding area is peaceful and serene.

During festivals and fairs people visit this temple to just listen to the songs sung by the sages and saints. These songs are dedicated to love shared between Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.

This temple is of great archaeological significance as red earthenware and terra cotta figures were discovered at this place.

An ancient temple of Lord Shiva, also known as Aparneswar is located near Mantalai Lake. This is the place where mother Parvati was born and got married to Lord Shiva. The main shrine is very small and having an idol of Parvati as kanya. Another set of idols of Shiva and Parvati together and Shiva, Parvati and Ganesha is also found. However, the shiva lingam is the main idol of the temple.

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