Lord Shiva & Goddess Parvathi Devi

Temple History

Ardhnarishwar Pracheen Shiv Mandir is the famous swayambhu temple located in Kathgarh village of Indora Tehsil in Kangra District. Kathgarh is a small village on the Himachal Pardesh and Punjab border. The main deity of this temple is Lord Shiva & Goddess Parvathi Devi in Ardhanarishwar form. The temple is situated at a point of confluence of the Beas and Choch River offering an admiring landscape all around.

The temple has a large ‘Shivaling’ of six feet(6') height and five feet(5') round, which is divided vertically in two parts. The bigger portion of the shivaling is worshipped as Lord Shiva and the smaller portion is worshipped as Devi Parvati. The distance between two parts keeps increasing and decreasing as per changing seasons i.e summer and winter.

According to a story in “Shiv Purana” there was a war between Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahama as to who is supreme of the two. They were about to use “Pashupat” which would have brought destruction and annihilation all around. Lord Shiva could not help seeing all this and he appeared as a fire pillar between the two and both the warring Lords became peaceful and wanted know as to what this fire pillar is? Lord Vishnu disguised as ‘Shukara’ went to ascertain the bottom and Lord Brahmaas swan flew into the sky to have a look at the top of this fire pillar. Lord Vishnu came back without reaching the farthest point of the pillar in the ground. Lord Brahma came back with a ‘Ketki’ flower saying that it was lying on the top of the pillar. Both the Lords reconciled. Lord Shiva then appeared and was very happy with the devotion and truthfulness of Lord Vishanu and awarded him equality with self. This great fire pillar came to know as linga of Lord Shiva in Kathgarh Temple.

Mahashivaratri & Ram Navamiaratri are the most important festivals grandly celebrated here.


Additional Information

Facilities like free Langar, Toilets, Parking, Canteen, Library and Sarai for stay are available. Besides medium range lodges are also available at Yatri Nivas Kathgarh, Indora Rest House.

Pathankot is the nearest major city with all the lodging & boarding facilities. Best hotels are available for the accommodation.

There are different approaches to the temple - one is from Indora, near 'Pathankot' and other from 'Mirthal village' on the 'Pathankot-Jalandhar' highway.

Pathankot is the nearest city to Kathgarh temple. Buses and Taxis are available from the bus stand, railway station and Airport to reach this temple.

Pathankot city is well connected with all the major cities of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh. Pathankot Maharana Pratap Inter State Bus Terminal is 29 kms from Khatgarh. Pathankot railway station is 26.1 kms. Mirthal railway station(3.8 kms) is very near to Khatgarh mandir.

Pathankot Domestic Airport is the nearest airport which is just 26 kms from here.
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  • Contact Person: Temple Office
  • Contact Number: +91 1893 205439