Natural ice shivling pulling crowds to Kullu temple

  • Dipender Manta, Hindustan Times, Kullu
  • Updated: Feb 14, 2015 21:46 IST

Like every year, a 20 feet high, naturally formed, ice shivling has been pulling tourists and devotees in droves to Anjani Mahadev temple, a religious spot in Kullu district.

Local residents say promoting the shivling and the temple could boost tourism in the state.

This miraculous shivling begins to take shape every year in November when it snows, and melts by the end of April.

"Devotees of lord Shiva, who cannot visit the Amarnath shrine (in J&K) can have a darshan of the ice lingam at Anjani Mahadev temple," said temple priest Sandeep Bhatt.

The temple was discovered by a saint, Baba Prakash Puri, and legend says that Mata Anjani worshipped here to bear a baby.

Bhatt said the stalagmite formation can reach a height of more than 30 feet as water freezes in the extreme weather.
Locals want the government to promote the spot to boost tourism and create employment opportunities for them.

What's more, unlike the Amarnath shrine, where devotees have to climb a treacherous route to see the shivling, Anjani Mahadev is only a 2km walk from Solang in Manali.

Bhatt said a big 'Yagya' (prayer) will be performed at the temple in May on Budh Purnima and added that locals as well as tourists can take part in the event.

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