Mantalai: The place where Maa Parvati got married to Lord Shiva

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ddffJammu and Kashmir attracts people from all over the world for its ancient temples and breathtaking scenic beauty. Sudh Mahadev Temple, Mantalai Temple and Gauri Kund in Chenani Tehsil of Udhampur district are some of them.
The Temple of Sudh Mahadev is about 50 kms away from District Headquarter of Udhampur Tourism. A few kilometres further you will find Mantalai Temple at an elevation of 1450 metres from the ground, surrounded by deodar trees. The surrounding area is peaceful and cries for maintenance.
During festivals and fairs people visit this temple to just listen to the songs sung by the sages and saints. These songs are dedicated to love shared between Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
This temple is of great archaeological significance as red earthenware and terra cotta figures were discovered at this place.
An ancient temple of Lord Shiva, also known as Aparneswar is located near Mantalai Lake. This is the place where mother Parvati was born and got married to Lord Shiva. The main shrine is very small and having an idol of Parvati as kanya. Another set of idols of Shiva and Parvati together and Shiva, Parvati and Ganesha is also found. However, the shiva lingam is the main idol of the temple.
One divine rock (patthar) related to the wedding of Parvati and Shiva can also be spotted in this shrine.
This spot offers great views of the mountain landscape in the surroundings. The breathtaking views from the hill top make this place worthy of a visit.
Ever since Dhirendra Bramchari, the Yogic mentor of former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, was killed in air crash in June 1994 property worth hundreds of crore in Mantalai Aparna Asharam is gathering dust.
Ever since Dhirendra Bramchari, the Yogic mentor of former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, was killed in air crash in June 1994 property worth hundreds of crore in Mantalai Aparna Asharam is gathering dust.
Dhirendra Brahmachari In the last two decades the state government has also failed to promote the tourist resort on the tourism map of the state.
Barring lip service the state government has failed to tap the tourism potential of the area and is still in the state of infancy with regard to developing/bringing the place on the tourism map of the state.

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