THE WAY I AM- BATHU TEMPLE

Tour – E – Himachal

Well, India – A land of culture and heritage and the pride of centuries of art which comes from its rooted ground culture – simplicity of the materials and crafts and artefacts used to build things, sculptures which have amazed and attracted tourists and pilgrims from time immemorial.

While the southern and middle India draws maximum tourism excitement to itself, for its widely stretched history and grandeur of culture and dynasties and the empires of medieval time associated to them –

Let me, take your attention from all these places – to a place where the mountains roar and the peace in the wind speaks more than the multicultural altitudes and THE HIGH INDUSTRIALISM OR SILICON CULTURE OF TODAY’S MAN –

Bathu Temples

Let me take you to the valley of peace – Himachal Pradesh, where air still rests in silence – no matter how Louder the world is outside, the destination becomes a place for health restoration as well as vitalisation of mind into Human and Natural Culture more than histories and stories associated.

Yes this is Himachal But No, we are not discussing mountains here!

Well, the article here discusses one of the most significant, yet the simplest places – which isn’t that much of attraction comparatively to high spots of Mountain culture of Himachal Tourism, but does make a mention for its unique history and beauty and significance in complete simplicity – A series of stone sculptured temples which lie on the planes of Himachal – in Kangra valley – near yet another significant place of human as well as wildlife, touring and environmental value Pong Dam which marks the bridge between Talwara (a Town of Punjab ) to District Kangra of Himachal Pradesh.

So while Pong dam serves its significance of controlling river Beas and significant for modern man for hydroelectric power generation, and also, the wild diversity  of birds which draws itself for its usual cycle of time to this place, marking its importance of natural and environmental significance – and other touring attractions like boating and travel, the pong dam,  or to mention – the river Beas, at its ending routes, finds itself home to a series of stone made temples – Called BATHU TEMPLES or Locally Called Bathu Ki Ladi..

The temple remains submerged in water for 7 to 8 months every year, and whenever in summer, the water level of the river decreases, the temples are more visually seen out of the water. The peculiarity of the temple is even after its long stay underwater – the stone, the art and the way it was built looks same as ever as if the water could never sink the strength and perfection of this temple with itself. leaving it to no damage of Natural make. Retaining its old beauty.

THE WAY I AM – BATHU TEMPLES

 The fancy of this series of Bathu temples is the way it is architecturally built – Well the stones are arranged in a manner which gives it the brick wall like appearance covered by a roof with a tomb like appearance – also called ‘’garbha or mandap’’ look in local language. The ceiling of the tomb like roof is decorated with fine stone carvings with artistry of heritage value. Since the initial records of when the temple was built and by whom are in mythologies and myths, it is hard to specifically quantify what the carvings and significance of carvings were about. The temple is mostly empty rooms where some of the idols and a shivlinga are restored at the place by the caretakers and committee undertakings of the people who take care of the ruins of this ancient temple – of which now only a few strings remain surrounded by beauty of free air and nature, captivated at shore of river Beas.. and offcourse for the human mind, the PEACE..

CONTRUCTION DETAILS AS RECORED

The Pong Bridge was built around this temple around 1970’s and the Temple itself was built in old times – sometimes claimed to be built by Pandavas from Hindu Religion in Ancient Times and Stories and sometimes by local king during medieval times in India where North culture remained out of sight from Highlight or Much World Attraction and the timeline of actual building of temples goes unrecorded –

Pilgrimage – the temple has its regular visitors from local places and is taken care of by its share of devotees, local and district level committees, under governmental supervision, for its coverage near Pong Dam or Maharana Pratap Sagar – an important government project running in Himachal Pradesh.

One Little Amusing Told of Bathu Ki Ladi Among Local Villagers

Now as we have seen, before science developed, Stories were told not in the Chemical or Physical Realities, Nor the Depth or the Height But simplicity of what stories were – or mythologies which today some of us come to describe – likewise, this place, bathu ki ladi, makes itself home to stories – some of which sound like the pillars of this temple were once raising to reach the skies but on their way there, they were brought to earth by mythic gods or superpowers. The pillars are said to be the remnants of the ‘’reduced to earth’’ staircase from those times.

How To Reach?

The place can be reached through Air, and Road Transport.. Punjab, a major state culture of northern India connects two ways to this place – one from city of Pathankot, which serves as  a military area of Punjab as well – approximately 70 kilometers  road journey – from Jassur – Dhameta Road (STATE HIGHWAY 27), this place can be approached.. and from talwara, as mentioned before, this place can be found at the hinges of Himachal Pradesh connecting to Talwara town of Punjab.

Through air, the nearest airport which can be found is in the same district which inhabits this touring destination – Gaggal Airport in Kangra District, 15 kilometres from major city of kangra.

For foreign travellers, Chandigarh airport is the next affordable and feasible choice after INDIRA GANDHI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT OF NEW DELHI, INDIA’S CAPITAL STATE.  which connects from road routes of Chandigarh to Talwara and The Touring Spot (450 Kms) and the other feasible choice would be Amritsar airport which can connect you to Pathankot region through road – through a distance of approx. 250 kilometres and then further 70 km ride from jassur to Dhameta (STATE HIGHWAY 27) as already Described. 

Article by- arushi mehta

Happy Touring, and yes, the place isn’t a Roar But worth a visit for the lovers of NATURE And simple heritage, where you can just be you and find some good fresh air and a nice evening stroll at the spot.

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