The temple is said to be about 2,800 year old and invites devotees for its spiritual significance and architectural beauty alike. It houses a natural black marble, a trident (trishul) belonging to Lord Shiva and a mace (gada) that is believed to have belonged to Bheema, one of the five legendary Pandava brothers. It sits at an altitude of 1,225 m above sea level, and also has a spring named Pap Nashni Bowli, where taking a bath is believed to free one from all their sins.


A festival, which takes place over three days, is organised on the night of the full moon of Sawan month in June and July to worship the deity. It is quite spectacular and invites pilgrims in droves. Such is the fame of this festival that the state government makes provisions for additional accommodation for visitors, and government agencies also ensure adequate transport. You can stay in a tent provided by the Jammu and Kashmir Tourism department or a sarai (hostel for a brief stay) maintained by the Dharamarth Trust.


Temporary shops selling all manner of snacks and objects also pop up during this time, ensuring that guests have all provisions for a comfortable stay. You can relish food items like chatni with pudina and anardana, and rajma chawal during the festival, as well as kalari (a traditionally ripened Kashmir cheese) and soft kulchas (sour bread).

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