Bathu Ki Ladi Temple, Kangra

No less than a wonder, “Bathu Ki Ladi” preserves the valuable cultural heritage of the Devbhoomi Himachal Pradesh, which is home to thousands of small and large temples. Mata Jawala Ji, Chintpurni, Trilokinath, Bhimakali, Naina Devi, and many other such temples have their grandeur spread in all directions. We are telling you about a unique temple that is no less than a wonder in itself. Have you ever heard of a temple that stays underwater for eight months and only allows visitors to see it for four months? This temple is known as the Bathu Temple and is famous by the name “Bathu Ki Ladi” in the local language. The stone used in the construction of the temple is called Bathu’s stone. Besides the main temple, there are eight other small temples in the Bathu Temple complex that appear to be strung together like a garland when viewed from a distance. That’s why this beautiful temple is called “Bathu Ki Ladi” (a garland of beads).

In these temples, there are statues of Sheshnag and Lord Vishnu, and in the center, there is a main temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. However, there is no definitive evidence that the main temple is a Shiva temple. Some people consider it dedicated to Lord Vishnu, but based on the style and construction of the temple, it is considered a Shiva temple. A few years ago, local people got together and installed a Shivling in the temple once again.


Bathu ki Ladi Temple History

It is believed that the Bathu Temple was established during the 6th century under the Guleria Empire. However, there are many myths and legends surrounding its construction. Some people believe that it was built by the Pandavas during their exile. They supposedly established a Shivalinga during their stay and built a magnificent temple with towering structures that could reach heaven. They even created stairs from earth to heaven in one night, but their work remained unfinished, as they were only able to build one and a half stairs. To complete the task, they sought help from Lord Krishna, who helped them finish the stairs in six months, although they were only able to construct forty stairs in the end.

Today, the temple still features the stairs to heaven, and there are forty of them, which people worship with great reverence. There is also a stone located a short distance away, which is believed to have been thrown by Bhima. It is said that blood comes out of the stone if struck with a pebble. Many secrets and legends are buried within the temple, waiting to be uncovered.

At a Glance

  • 32.047235°N 76.003648°E
  • India
  • Himachal Pradesh
  • Nagara architecture
  • Pandavas
  • 977.87 m (3,208 ft)

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