(Last Updated on : 03/05/2013)
Nahan has been one of the most picturesque sights of Himachal Pradesh
. It is popularly known for the historical tradition that exists with the legends of the Maharajas and the Saints who resided in the area. Traditionally the city of Nahan was established as the capital by Raja Karan Prakash. The city of Nahan maintains a number of legends. Some versions claim that there resided a Saint who believed in peaceful living and was opposed to killing of life forms. This gave the name of Nahan which means 'Don't kill' which indicated the incident when the Mararaja was intending to kill a lion and was restricted by the Saint. Since then the area came to be known as Nahan.
Nahan is a city of traditions. At a height of 932 meters this city is famous for the ancient temples and the festivals which are celebrated in the area. The city commemorates some popular festivals to celebrate the ending season of Monsoons and includes a number of pilgrimages. Among these some popular pilgrimages are the pilgrimage of Moni- Mahesh which is located at Chamba
valley of Himachal Pradesh. This area further includes some more prominent places like the village of Malan who are the followers of Lord Shiva
. Instead of worshipping the idols this community believes in different rock formations and places their offerings in the open air.
Besides this Nahan is also known for being surrounded by the lakes, temples and parks which add to the scenic beauty of the area. These are also marked as the major sights of tourism around Nahan. Popular among them is the Renuka Lake
, Paonta Sahib
, Trilokpur Temple
and the Suketi fossil Park. Along with this it includes a number of temples among which the most popular temples are the Kalisthan Temple, Jagannath Temple
, Rani Tal Shiv Temple, Shri Krishna
Temple, Miyan Madir, Lakshmi Narayan Temple
, Upper Streat, Shudh Dhar Shiva Mandir, the Famous Place of Sirmour
, Nainidhar Shiva Mandir, Bhagnari Shiv Mandir, Sanatan Dharam Mandir, Mata Balasundari Temple, Hospital Round. The community of Nahan celebrates some uncommon festivals like Bawan Dwadshi and Gugga peer festivals. While some of these festivals are celebrated to enjoy the end of monsoons, the others are dedicated to the customs of Himachal Pradesh.
Thus, with a number of festivals and historical sights Nahan has been one of celebrated tourist spots of Himachal Pradesh. Isolated with the Shiwalik range of Himalayas, Nahan enjoys a pleasant climate and peaceful serene atmosphere that attracts a large number of tourists every year.