(Last Updated on : 20/12/2014)
Adi Brahma Temple, dating back to the 14th century, is located 12 kms from Kullu
, at Khokhan village. As the Adi Brahma temple is placed at a lofty height, it commands an outstanding view of the surroundings.
Legend of Adi Brahma Temple
As per legend the story of Adi Brahma appearance goes such. During olden times a Rajput widower lived with her daughter named Shubh Shakdi in a village named Khohkan adjoining the village named Shath Batelu where 60 families of Brahmin
lived. The woman earned her livelihood working as a farm labourer. Once, while she was working, she allowed her daughter to sleep under the shade of a tree. When her mother returned to the spot, the child, who was only six months old, started digging up with the hoe and tried to take something out of there. The woman saw a shining metallic piece and finally there emerged a fine carved smiling face made of gold. The piece is called Mohra or Mokhta in local language. The woman took it home, kept it kept in a box of food grain box and started worshipping it. The Brahmins in the adjacent village came to know of it and demanded that the woman hand over the idol to them as only Brahmins could worship it. Adi Brahma was very unhappy with this and the entire Brahmin village was destroyed. The temple has been built in the Khokhan village where Adi Brahma first appeared from the earth.
Architectural style of Adi Brahma Temple
This 14th century temple has been constructed in the Pagoda style and has four floors. The entrance door to the temple has pretty engravings of Puranic scenes. According to old legend it took ten years to complete the construction of the temple and the main architect got all directions for its design from Adi Brahma in his dreams. Inside the temple is the Garba Griha where the body of Lord Vishnu carved in stone is kept. The Rath of Adi Brahma is kept in the outer room before entering the Garba Griha. 14 Mohra are made on the Rath of Brahma, and of this one is made of Asht Dhatu (8 mixed metals) two of brass and 11 of silver. The decorated Rath is kept in a temple along with the main carved statue.
There are several small temples on both sides. On the right side there is a small wooden temple of Jogini which is said to have come from the Manikarn valley. There was a natural spring nearby named Narol Bai which has run dry as all pipes have been broken and damaged. The source of this spring water is about 250 meters from temple. Water from this spring is used for all works of the temple. There is a small temple on the left side where statues of 24 avatars are found.
Festivals of Adi Brahma Temple
A number of festivals are celebrated at the Adi Brahma temple. These include Naagni Birshu, Mohal festival, Rohlgi Kafu, Bhulang Birshu, Shrihagiinauli festival, Kokhan Festival, Rohlgi festival etc. The Khokhan festival is the most important festival of all and it is celebrated as the day of revelation.
Rituals of Adi Brahma Temple
There are also various rituals followed by the temple. The Bath at Bhuntar, Bath at Manikaran, preparation of new Palki etc.
Thus discussed above is the Adi Brahma Temple at Himachal Pradesh.