Considered to be 500 years old is a temple located in Himachal Pradesh in close proximity to the India-China border known as Mathi. This temple is situated in a village called Chitkul at an elevation of 3500 meters above sea level. This Hindu shrine similar to the Chandika Temple in Kothi is also renowned for its wooden architecture. Furthermore, there are two more temples located apart from the main temple in the complex which was supposed to have been constructed by a Garhwal resident about 500 years ago.
a. Best time to visit the Mathi Temple
The climate at Chitkul is pleasant during the summer from June to September with the average temperature recorded being approximately 13 degree Celsius. So the best time to visit this temple would during the summer months.
b. How to reach Mathi Temple
Mathi Temple Map
1. By train:
The closest railway station is located in Shimla. The Shimla Railway Station is well connected to major cities in the country.
2. By road:
If you intend to drive to this temple the ideal starting points would be New Delhi, Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, and Amritsar.
- Via New Delhi:
There is one route from New Delhi to this temple, and it is via NH44 and NH5.
- Via Chandigarh:
There are three routes from Chandigarh to this temple, and they are via NH5, via MDR22 and NH5, and via NH205.
- Via Ludhiana:
There are two routes from Ludhiana to this temple, and they are via NH5 and via SH16 and NH5.
- Via Jalandhar:
There are two routes from Jalandhar to this temple, and they are via NH5 and via SH18 and NH5.
- Via Amritsar:
There are two routes from Amritsar to this temple, and they are via NH5 and via Bela-Behrampur Road and NH5.
3. By air:
The nearest airport to this temple is located in Shimla. The Jubbarhatti Airport is well connected to major cities in the country.
c. Religious significance of the Mathi Temple
A popular folklore states that Mathi, the wife of Lord Badrinath was once travelling (her final destination being Barua Khad) and she began her journey from Brindavan and eventually ended up in Tibet. Her journey continued and she eventually reached Barua Khad. Now it was while trying to cross Barua Khad that she discovered that the land was divided into seven parts. She then appointed her nephew Narenas to guard the neighbouring Shuang village and a village called Chasu before continuing her journey so as to satisfy her curiosity. Eventually she reached a village called Chitkul and settled down over here. It is then said that her presence in the village resulted in the villagers prospering, and as a result this temple was eventually constructed.