Purmandal Temple

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About Purmandal Temple in Jammu

Purmandal Temple is a holy site and a historic temple located about 30 kilometers to the east of Jammu, on the banks of the Devika River. This sacred destination is also known as Chhota Kashi, and serves as a site for studying ancient history. Visited by thousands of devotees around the world every year, this famous religious attraction in Jammu and Kashmir is associated with some fascinating history. The presiding deity of the temple is Umapati, or Goddess Parvati. The temple also draws praises from the tourists for its outstanding stone architecture. A famous fair known as Purmandal Mela is also held here every year during February for three days.

History of Purmandal Temple

Purmandal is a beautiful stone built temple which also has historical value. It is also famous because it is situated in Purmandal Village, which is believed to have been visited by Saint Kabir and Ustad Bismillah Khan. Maharaja Ranjit Singh and Guru Nanak were other famous historical personalities who visited this temple.

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Purmandal Temple Mela (Fair)


Every year, during February, devotees gather in large numbers for three days to celebrate the marriage between Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. To celebrate the occasion, people wear their best clothes, while accessories of every kind, winter garments and various types of antique pieces are on display.

Mythology Behind Purmandal Mela

The fair is associated with a fascinating legend, according to which, Lord Shiva was a homeless person who went to the Himalayas, begging from door to door. Goddess Parvati, on the other hand, was raised amidst prosperity and surrounded by riches of every kind. King Himalaya had no objection in getting his daughter married to a beggar, but was unaware of the fact that Lord Shiva had renounced all worldly desires and materialistic comforts. Goddess Parvati, however, remained insistent, and ultimately persuaded her father in agreeing to the marriage.