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Bhutnath Temple At Mandi Town – Himachal Pradesh

Bhutnath temple is a very popular and colorful temple in Mandi town of Himachal Pradesh. This temple has a special association with the popular Shivratri mela in Mandi. Traditionally, the king would prayer here before leading the procession of devotees and deities to the fairground.

Mandi Bhutnath Temple History

Mandi Bhutnath temple was constructed by Raja Ajber Sen in 1526 AD, with gold and silver gate specially made in Lucknow and a gold-plated kalasha.

The temple was intended to celebrate the establishment of Mandi as the new capital.

It is said that King Ajber sen was visited by Shiva in a dream. He told the king to look under a particular stone, on which a cow would be giving mil. When Raja Ajber Sen followed these instructions, he found a Shivling underneath, and subsequently enshrined it in the Bhutnath temple.

Mandi Bhutnath Temple Architecture

The temple is crowded with devotees at all hours as it absorbs the hum of the marketplace. Its gaily painted walls have niches, each of which contain some artifact, whether ancient or modern – images of deities alongside fragments of old, carved stone. There are also some painted birds and flowers in these niches.

On either side of the main entrance of the temple, there are newly made marble murtis of Goddess Shakti and Krishna along with Radha.

In the sanctum, there are paintings of Krishna as a child hung over the walls, as well as a large ceremonial drum.

A large Nandi faces the main sanctum sanctorum, which has a swayambhu Shivling.

Bhootnath is the compassionate god of all goblins and spirits. Shiva is the essence of compassion and he always welcomes those creatures that are shunned and despised by others. Those souls who haunt the cremation grounds and those who have not attained final liberation and hover around this earthly sphere are always welcomed by him.