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Chhoti Kashi Mandi

The city of Mandi, situated in the middle of Himachal Pradesh, is also known as Chhoti Kashi. The reason for this is the presence of 81 ancient temples here. The largest numbers of these ancient temples are of the temples of Lord Shiva. The kings who ruled the Mandi princely state centuries ago have unwavering faith in Lord Shiva. The kings built Shivalayas according to their wish. With the changing times, this city came to be known as Chhoti Kashi and Shivbhoomi. There are dozens of ancient temples of Lord Shiva in the city of Mandi, mainly Baba Bhootnath, Ekadash Rudra, Ardhanarishwar, Trilokinath, Panchavaktra, Neelkanth Mahadev and Mahamrityunjya.

Due to these temples of Lord Shiva, an attempt was made to make Shivratri of Mandi city something special. Centuries ago, a king asked the people of his princely state to come to him along with the deities on Shivaratri. Once started, it became a tradition and till today this tradition is practiced. A day before Shivratri, the chief deity of the district reaches Mandi and celebrates the festival of Shivratri here. Gradually the nature of this tradition grew and today it has become an internationally renowned festival.

Shivaratri Celebration 

The special thing about Mandi Shivaratri is that it is not celebrated just one day. It starts from Tara night and for the next 8 days from Shivaratri, this festival is celebrated in a similar manner with pomp and gaiety.

Best time to visit Chhoti Kashi Mandi

Mandi weather tends to be generally comfortable which is sealed with warmth and chills throughout the year. The best time to visit the Mandi in summer vacations. This is the time when there is hotness as well as coolness for the enjoyment of vacations and the beauty.

How to reach Chhoti Kashi Mandi

By Train:- Mandi has no railway station of its own and the nearest railway house is situated in Joginder Nagar which is nearly 55 km away from Mandi. You may also choose to go to Chandigarh Railway Station or Kalka by broad gauge train which are connected by regular bus and taxi services.

By Road:- Mandi by road is one of the most suitable option. It is approachable by road from Shimla, Chandigarh, Pathankot and Delhi.

By Air:- The nearest airport to Mandi is the Kullu Airport at Bhuntar, at a distance of about 60 km from Mandi city. From Delhi, flights to Kullu take about 90 minutes.

Content last updated in January 2021


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