Gauri Shankar Temple, Naggar

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Naggar

Address of this place -

Naggar Castle Road, Naggar, Himachal Pradesh

ISD/STD Code -

91-01902

Area Pincode -

175130

Local Time -

8:47 AM

Local Weather -

Current temprature- -3.09, Minimum - -8.95, Maximun - -2.86
light snow with humidity 91% and Wind speed of 0.56 mph.

How to Reach -

By road Kullu is 26 km and Manali is 21 km. The airport is at Bhunter (Kullu) 36 km.

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Gauri Shankar Temple, Naggar, Himachal Pradesh, India

The temple of Gauri Shankar is situated immediately below the Naggar Castle in Naggar. Dating back to 12th century AD, the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is believed to be the last monument of the Gurjara-Pratihara traditions. This Shiva temple is a protected monument. 
The temple is famous for its splendid Shikhara Style architecture. The temple features a dome shaped top while the base is present in square shape. It has simple Shikhara having nine storeys and decorated with ardharatna motifs and ornamentations.
Gauri Shankar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and famous for stone carvings. The idols of Gauri and Shankar are set up on the pedestal, seated over Nandi. The garbagriha is decorated with beautiful carvings of images of Lord Ganesh, various people playing different musical instruments and also with the carvings of dancing girls.The temple is surrounded by lush and abundant greenery overlooking the Beas River. Gauri Shankar temple is facing the valley side where one can see the ice covered peaks of Kullu valley.It is  at a distance of 20 km from Manali Bus Stand and 22 km from Kullu Bus Stand, The Gauri Shankar Temple is located near Naggar Bus Stand and easily accessed by travellers.Tourists can become a part of various celebrations that are carried out during different festivals and this shrine looks beautiful when all decked up. Apart from a visit to this temple, tourists can also savor the taste of local food which is available at various restaurants.

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Situated on the left bank of river Beas at an altitude of 1851m, Naggar - an ancient town commands extensive views, especially to the North West of the valley. Naggar was the former capital of Kullu. It was founded by Raja Visudhpal and continued as a headquarters of the State until the capital was transferred to Sultanpur (Kullu) by Jagat Singh in 1460 A.D. Today this ancient and beautiful Palace is a popular tourist spot.
 
ACCESS : By road Kullu is 26 km and Manali is 21 km. The airport is at Bhunter (Kullu) 36 km.
 
CLIMATE : In winter heavy woolens are recommended and in summers the temperature is pleasant and cottons are suggested.
 
PLACES OF INTEREST
 
JAGATIPATT TEMPLE : In the upper courtyard of the castle there is a small temple - a small square structure which contains "Jagtipatt" a slab of stone measuring 5'x8'x6" which is said to have been brought from a place near Vashisht by honey bee. This is also place for meeting of local deities of Kullu.
TRIPURA SUNDRI TEMPLE : This pagoda shaped wooden temple is situated in the upper part of the village. This is also a rare examples of architecture.
NICHOLAS ROERICH ART GALLERY : Prof. Late Nicholas Roerich, a reputed artist had chosen Naggar as his residence when he came to India in 1929. The house has now been converted in an art gallery which houses numbers of rare paintings and other specimen of art. The gallery is open for visitors.
GAURI SHANKAR TEMPLE : At the foot of small bazaar below the Castle is the Gauri Shankar Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. This is a charming example of architecture and carving of its particular period. Now a protected monument with heritage status.
FISHING AND ADVENTURE : The Kullu Valley has numerous places for trout fishing. These includes Katrain, Raison, Kasol and Naggar, along the river Tirthan near Larji, in the Sainj valley.
Treks : The valley is a nucleus to several trek routes. Some major ones are over the Chanderkhani Pass to Malana village, over the Jalori Pass to Shimla, and over the Pin Parvati Pass to Sarahan. The river Beas offers excellent opportunities for white water rafting.
SHOPPING : Shawls, Local Tweeds, Rugs, Foot Wear (Pullan), Baskets, Natural oil (almond and olive), special Kullu Caps.