Panch Vakreta Temple
Located at the confluence of the rivers Beas and Suketi in Himachal Pradesh is a temple known as Panch Vakreta. This Lord Shiva dedicated temple is situated in a town called Mandi. This religious Hindu shrine comprises of a five faced idol of Lord Shiva. Furthermore, it is also renowned for its magnificent “Shikhara” style architecture. In addition, this temple has also been deservedly recognized as a “National Heritage monument” by the Archaeological Survey of India.
a. Best time to visit the Panch Vakreta Temple
The climate at this temple is best during the summer which begins in March and ends in June with the temperature ranging from a maximum of 28 degree Celsius to a minimum of 18 degree Celsius.
b. How to reach Panch Vakreta Temple
Panch Vakreta Map
1. By train:
The closest railway station to this temple is located in Jogindernagar. The Jogindernagar Railway Station is well connected to several major cities in the country.
2. By road:
If you intend to drive to this temple in Mandi the ideal starting points would be New Delhi, Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, and Amritsar.
- Via New Delhi:
There are two routes from New Delhi to this temple, and they are via NH44 and NH205, and via NH205.
- Via Chandigarh:
There are three routes from Chandigarh to this temple, and they are via NH205 and NH154, via Una-Hamirpur Road, and via Una-Hamirpur Road and Una-Jahu-Nerchowk Road.
- Via Ludhiana:
There are three routes from Ludhiana to this temple, and they are via NH205 and NH154, via NH205, and via Una-Hamirpur Road.
- Via Jalandhar:
There are three routes from Jalandhar to this temple, and they are via Una-Hamirpur Road and Una-Jahu Nerchowk Road, via NH205, and via Una-Hamirpur.
- Via Amritsar:
There are three routes from Amritsar to this temple, and they are as follows via Una-Hamirpur Road, via Sri Hargobindpur Road and Una Hamirpur Road, and via NH54.
3. By air:
The nearest airport is located in Bhuntar, a town in the Kullu district at a distance of 60 km. The Kullu-Manali Airport is well connected to major cities in the country.
c. Religious significance of the Panch Vakreta Temple
This temple essentially comprises of a five faced Lord Shiva idol which represents his five characters namely Aghora (destructive nature), Ishana (omnipresent), Tat Purusha (ego), Vaamdeva (feminine nature), and Rudra (a combo of creative and destructive nature). So the basic essence of this temple called “Panch Vakreta” is the fusion of all the five characteristics of Lord Shiva. Furthermore, this temple is not associated to any religious significance or legends, and was supposed to have been restored (after it had been damaged due to heavy flooding) during King Sidh Sen’s reign.