India | Himachal Pradesh

Gaurishankar Temple

Dedicated to Shiva and Parvati, Gaurishankar Temple is an ancient stone temple located at Dashal village in Kullu District and is 8 km from Manali.

A veritable showpiece in a tranquil setting, this Shaivite temple dates back to 12th century AD and is a fine specimen of the shikhara style, a rare form of architecture in this part of the country.

The sanctum sanctorum is square and dark with a linga in a yoni. In front of the temple lies an image of Nandi and lion-headed water spouts are carved on the temple’s exterior. The doorframe of the sanctum sanctorum contains floral designs, bearing the image of Ganesh. Its pillars are richly carved with floral scrolls interspersed with images of gods.

The temple is crowned with an ‘amalkha’ on top and with 'chaitya' windows decorated with floral and geometrical sculptures. The temple stands on a high plinth. The entrance portrays goddesses Ganga and Yamuna on their respective 'vahanas', carrying the trident of the Mother Goddess. They are flanked by Shaivite 'dwarpalas'.

During night, the temple bathed in floodlights offers an eye-catching view. The temple is rooted in the socio-religious beliefs of Pahari culture. During Shivaratri, a fair is held here.

Updated on 7th June, 2005
District: Kullu


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