Largest Shivaratri celebrations at Mandi,India 21st February 2020

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Location : Mandi, Himachal Pradesh,India

Destination Type: Cultural destination

Maha Shivaratri is a Hindu festival . It is celebrated annually in honor of Lord Shiva, marking the day of the marriage of Shiva with Parvati. One of the largest Shivaratri celebrations in India happens in Mandi in Himachal Pradesh. The town is called “Varanasi of hills” and millions gather to celebrate Shivarati including international tourists.

History of  Shivaratri celebrations at Mandi

  1. The Shivaratri celebrations was started by then ruler Ishawri Sen  during 18th century once he was released from being a war prisoner
  2. Other deities in the state were invited to take part in Shivratri celebrations making it a grand event
  3. Raja Ajbar Sen who ruled Mandi in 16th century built the Bhoothnath temple dedicated to Lord Shiva ( Mahadev)
  4. Before 1664 Royal Shivaratri was celebrated where the public had no access
  5. Post Indian independence in 1947 the administration started inviting more deities to take part in the Shivratri celebrations

Activities for tourists at Mandi, Himachal Pradesh during Shivaratri

  1. Watch palanquins/ rathas around 200 deities of 81 temples assemble in Mandi town to overview the celebrations
  2. Take part in the holy rituals
  3. Watch cultural programs
  4. Indulge in local cuisine

How to reach there


 The nearest airport is Kullu- Manali airport at Bhuntar. It has flights to Chandigarh, Chandigarh airport 205 kilometers away , has flights to Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Sharjah and Dubai


Nearest railway station is Pathankot Junction 204 kms away. It has trains to many Indian cities including Delhi

Nearby destinations for tour operators / travel agents

  1.  Parashar lake ( 68kms away)
  2. Palampur ( 91 kms away)
  3. Dharamshala ( 129 kms away)
  4. Manali ( 105 kms away)
  5. Shimla ( 140 kms away)

Some hotels in Mandi for tourists and tour operators with room tariff less than Rs.5000/- per night

Hotel Valley View

Royal Mansion Kullu

Polo Regency

JJ by Vivaan Resorts

Raj Mahal Palace

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Photo courtesy:By vinodbahal – originally posted to Flickr as Ready for jaleb, CC BY 2.0,



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