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Purmandal Uttar Behni

Purmandal Temple, also known as Chhota Kashi, it dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. It is located in Jammu & Kashmir and it is 30 Km far from Jammu located on the bank of the beautiful Devak River.

This temple has many shiv lingams and most of them have originated naturally. Local people gave them the name of Aap Shambhu. People come from India and abroad to worship Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati here. It is believed that their prayers are converted into blessings here so they can lead a happy and prosperous life.

The marriage of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati is celebrated for three days during the festival of Shivaratri when the entire town is decorated.

About Purmandal Temple

It is the most important temples for followers of Lord Shiva in Jammu region. Puramandal Temple has a unique place in the region because of its reputation, purity and provenience. It is considered equal to Kashi in Uttar Pradesh.

This temple is located in a small village by the same name on the bank of Devak River that scrolls down to join a river by name Utterbehni. It is believed that maximum lingums of this temple originated naturally in the nearby areas of Purmandal—Indreshwar, Gyaneshwar, Bhuteshwar and Bikeshwar. They are different avatars of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.

Purmandal is a historical temple famous for its stone made structure. The temple is also famed because saint Kabir and Ustad Bismla Khan were born in Purmandal village. It is also said that Veni Dutt ruled here in ancient times when Purmandal Temple was part of his kingdom. He visited this temple between 8th and 9th century. Guru Nanak and Maharaja Ranjit Singh from Punjab also visited Purmandal Yemple in ancient period.

Purmandal Mela in Jammu

The devotees of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati gather here for three days in the month of February every year to celebrate the marriage between Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.

Purmandal Mela is an extravagant occasion undertaken every year in Jammu with remarkable passion and interest. It is a public holiday in the state.

This festival lasts for three days and Jammu is decorated on all days like a bride. It is said that according to Hindu marriage, to tie a couple in complete marital bonds requires three days.

Purmandal Mela is a fabulous occurrence in Jammu. As per legends, after meditation Lord Shiva had been a homeless person who went to Himalayas and begged from door to door. Parvati was born and brought up in amidst of comfort and prosperity.

Therefore, King Himalaya had no objective to marry his daughter to a beggar. He was not aware of the fact that Lord Shiva has gone beyond a materialistic world.

At that time Parvati was rigid to her decision of marring Shiva and at the end her father agreed. Since then Purmandal Mela is celebrated and people wear their best clothes on these days to take full pleasure of this fair. In this fair winter garments, accessories, costumes, antique pieces are available.

How to Reach

By Air

The airport closest to Purmandal Uttar Behni is at Srinagar. It is served on a daily basis by Indian Airlines and Jet Airways. They connect Srinagar to Delhi, Mumbai and Jammu.

By Rail

The closest railway station is at Jammu. From here, one can hire a cab or take a bus to get to the temple.

By Road

One has to get to Jammu for Purmandal Uttar Behni. This temple complex lies 40 km from Jammu. Jammu is well connected to other parts of India such as Chandigarh, Manali, Shimla and Delhi.


Jammu is a tourist destination because of which it has many hotels of all types and budgets. There are five star hotels, budget hotels as well as sarais (hostels). One can choose the place depending on budget and requirement.

Best Time to Visit

Summer is the best time to plan a visit to Purmandal Temple. April to October are ideal months.

Purmandal Mela is in February month. This is also a time when lots of devotees visit this temple to attain blessings of Lord Shiva.

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