Other Temples



Gouri Kund

Gouri Kund is a small cave associated with Goddess Parvati. Sculptures from Hindu Mythology can be seen at the Pap Nashni Bauli springs. Shiv Garh is the highest mountains in the area. In the month of June, the time between the 'Full moon and Chaudash' is considered to be the most auspicious for this pilgrimage. As per the ancient religious faith, this pilgrimage is known to be the most sacred when undertaken between the 'Punya jayeshth purnima and vayas purnima'. Though, pilgrims come all the year round, but a special fair (mela) is held during the full moon i.e jayeshth purnima to mark the auspicious time. The fair goes on for three days. During Chaudash, the pilgrimage to Gouri Kund, situated 2.5 kms from Sudhmahadev on the banks of Dewak Nadi, is considered to be most sacred. Here in the lap of the mountains, lies the Temple of Uma & Shankar. After taking a bath in the Dewak Nadi, the pilgrims worship Lord Shiva and Parvati in the Temple. After worshipping Gauri Kund, the pilgrims go to Gaukaran, about 0.5 Kms from Sudhmahadev. Then they climb up another 2 Kms of mountainous area to reach another sacred place 'Nada'. In Sudhmahadev, there is a small stream called 'Mitra vavli' or 'Papnashi Vavli'. The huge Shiv Temple houses the three faced idol of God Shulpaneshwar Mahadev, Uma and Ganesh riding 'Nandi'- their Bull. The idol also has the sacred Swayambhu Shivalinga. It is said that Ma Parvati in order to attain Lord Shiva use to worship this Swayambhu Shivalinga after bathing in the Gauri Kund. Tones of water originating from an unknown source fall on this sacred Swayambhu Shivalinga. This Temple is built on the same lines as the series of other Uttarakhand temples in this area.

In the temple premises, there is a Trident (Trishul) that in the local dialect is called 'Gaja'. The sacred Trident has inscriptions in the ancient manuscript that form a major topic of research for the archeological department. According to Roopnath, the first religious head of the temple of Sudhmahadev, "Amardhuni', 'Gorakh Nath temple', the huge idol of 'Bhairava' and the 'Garbha Jun below the Nandi gan' are considered to be great places of worship for the pilgrims. In the entire belt of Chanhani and Sudhmahadev, the great saints and sages sing poems of the romantic tale of the marriage of Lord Shiva and Parvati in Mantalai. During the annual fair held at Sudhmahadev, religious saints and pilgrim groups sing in the praise of Sudhmahadev. As per religious traditions, these ancient temples were manage by the religious heads also called as 'Mahants' who were in turn appointed on the directions of finally, the management of the temple was handed over to the Dharmarth Trust under the guidance of its Chairman Trustee Dr. Karan Singh. Though one can undertake this pilgrimage to Sudhmahadev all the year round, but as per religious traditions, the days that are considered most auspicious are Maghar Chaudash, Chaitra Chaudash, Baisakhi and Shivaratri.

Mantalai

Mantalai situated a few kilometers further away from Sudh Mahadev, Mantalai is surrounded by lush deodar forests at an altitude of 2000m. The place is associated with the legend of the marriage of Lord Shiva with the Goddess Parvati.