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Behna Mahadeva Temple At Behna Village In Kullu Town – Himachal Pradesh

Behna Mahadeva temple is located at Behna Village, around 56 kms from Kullu town and 6 kms from Sainj, in Himachal Pradesh. The main murti of worship in the temple is a collection of mohras arranged on a wooden platform of which the largest is a mohra of Bhairava. There is a representation of Shiva and Goddess Parvati. The mohras are dated to between the 7th and 13th centuries.

The pagoda style roof of the Behna Mahadeva temple is attractive and the mandapa held up by 16 pillars made of cedar wood, each painstakingly carved with gods of the Hindu pantheon, flowers and animal figures. The temple is famous for its magnificent stone sculptures.

More carvings grace the doorway: Ganga and Yamuna on their respective mounts, the crocodile and the tortoise, along with Vishnu and Lakshmi on Garuda, Shiva and Parvati on Nandi each divine couple accompanied by musicians. There are also lay figures such as dwarapalakas and amorous couples. Even the window sills have stone sculptures perched on them.