SHIVA TEMPLE IN KANGRA HIMACHAL - FAMOUS HIMALAYA TEMPLES TOUR

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Location: Katgarh, Kangra District, Himachal Pradesh
Presiding Deity: Lord Shiva & Goddess Parvati}



The Shiva temple at Katgarh is lesser known as compared to other temples in Kangra. It is located at the periphery of Kangra district. It has many legends woven in to Folklore. The temple enshrined a human-size 'linga', which is vertically spilt in to two parts. The distance between two parts keep increasing and decreasing from time to time. The bigger part is worshipped as Shiva and second one is as Parvati.

THE LEGEND OF SHIVA TEMPLE
One of the myths dates this pillar when lord Vishnu and Brahma were engaged in battle to settle the issue of hierarchical Supremacy. Lord Shiva intervened in the shape of a fire Pillar and made warring gods see reasons. And so, 'dhrama' was restored. It is believed that the pillar of Katgarh is the same pillar of fire.

Another legend in 'Ramayana' tells that King 'Bharat' the younger brother of Lord Rama would often travel to Kashmir to visit his maternal grandparents. En route he would stop at Katgarh to pay his reverence to Shiva at this pillar.

Another story gives a more reheir among the people this pillar was said to have established order. The 'parva' of 'Maha Shivratri' is celebrated here with great fanfare and lots of devotee comes to this sacred temple.

There are two approaches to the temple, one is from Indora, near Pathankot and other is from Mirthal villages on Pathankot-Jalandher highway. From Indora a 6-km road leads to the temple.



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