Bathu Temples Near JawaliI In Kangra, Himachal Pradesh
The Bathu temples (बाथू मंदिर) known locally as ‘Bathu ki ladi‘ (बाथू की लड़ी) are a cluster of temples in the Kangra district of Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, These temples were submerged in Maharana Pratap Sagar, a reservoir created by Pong dam in the early 1970s. Since then these temples are approachable only in months of May–June when the water level decreases. These temples are approachable by boat from Dhameta and Nagrota Surian and are approachable by road from Jawali. There are lots of small villages near this bathu (pong dam) names are jawali ,chalawara,guglara,papahan , etc
The origin of the temple is not confirmed. Many stories about the origin of the temples are famous among the folklore. Some claim that the temple was built by Pandavas, while some stories claim that It was built by a local king. Before entering the temple complex, devotees need to pass through another gate, as the temples have two layers of protection walls to save them from foreign invaders. The temple is made out of Bathu stone. The stone images of Goddess Kali and Lord Ganesh is seen on either sides of the gate.
The temple houses the broken images of Lord Vishnu and Sheshnag. Ancient and artistic ladders with portraits of Hindu gods inside the temple domes display the richness of architecture skill. The chisel and stonework on Bathu stone are worth watching.
Shivling was restored under the supervision of Honourable Manoj Kumar, the State coordinator of Vishwa Hindu Parishad in this ancient temple series.
Temple was inside Pong dam. It was in 1961 that the work of Pong dam was started. The work was completed in 1970. The level of dam water rises above 1410 ft to engulf the temple. It is an abode of migratory birds which attracts many birdwatchers and tourists, Some of the birds are extensively found here
|Also Known as||Bathu Ki ladi, Bathu Temple Clusters|
|Location||Submerged in Maharana Pratap Sagar|
|Nearest Railway Station||Jawanwala Shahar|
|Nearest Airport||Gaggal Airport|
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