(Last Updated on : 08-10-2009)
Sandhya Devi Temple is an 8th century place of worship located at Jagatsukh in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. It is situated about 14km from Naggar and is just 6km south of Manali. The presiding deity is Sandhya Devi (Goddess of the evening), a 120cm stone idol consecrated in the sanctum. This large chalet-roofed temple with a stone base and wooden verandah is one of the leading temples of Naggar. The importance of this ancient shrine lies in the fact that it was erected on the structure of an old temple; the old formation was built in the Vallabhi style of architecture. The stone carvings in the lower part that differ from the upper woodcarvings, done in archaic style, stands as a witness to this fact. Evidences from the inscriptions reveal that the original structure including the wooden part was completed in the year 1428 A.D. by Raja Urdhanpal. The structure that stands today contains Mughal pillars and woodcarvings which could be later editions. The temple was later restituted in the 19th century. Sandhya Devi temple can be reached from the Manali Bus Station. Kullu Manali Airport is about 50km from Manali.
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