Siyali Mahadev Temple



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Time Required: 1-2 hours

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6:00 AM - 7:00 PM

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No entry fee
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Siyali Mahadev Temple, Manali Overview

Siyali Mahadev Temple is one of the oldest temples in Manali dedicated to Lord Shiva. Incredibly famous for its architectural beauty, the quaint place of worship is frequently visited by devotees of Lord Shiva. The sight of the temple from afar astounds everyone as they witness this unique structure amidst the beautiful natural landscape of Manali. The rich brown colour of the wooden structure and the flourishing natural vegetation with mesmerizing streams in the background is a captivating sight.

The Siyali Mahadev Temple is of immense religious importance to the followers of Hinduism but people belonging to any caste and creed are welcome to explore the architecture and offer their prayers to Lord Shiva. The divine vibe of this place of worship cannot be explained in words - one has to traverse to experience it. The tranquil environment maintained around the temple premises amidst mountain peaks, tall pine trees and freshness in the air will calm troubled souls in an instant. The Shivalinga is said to be existing since ancient times. Several important poojas are performed at this temple. There is another smaller temple built behind the Siyali Mahadev Temple. According to a legend, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati appeared on earth from a tree trunk where the smaller temple is now built. One can contact the priest if they wish to perform such poojas here.

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Siyali Mahadev Temple has a sturdy foundation of stone and cement above which stands the wooden temple that is a beautiful blend of chalets and pagodas which is also considered a distinctive feature of the temple. The pagoda has four levels, two of which are smaller and located on one side, instead of the centre, on top of the other two levels. The edges of the roof have delicately carved hanging pieces of wood which look like tassels from afar.

Wooden pillars support the arches and the ceiling forming an area that encircles the main shrine. This porch sort of a structure has wooden railings about one foot high supported with innumerable smaller carved wooden legs. The main shrine has stripes of wood placed artistically on the walls creating a contrasting effect between the white colour of the wall and the vibrant brown colour of the wood. The frame of the door and the windows of the main shrine are also made of richly carved wood. Inside the shrine is a swayambhu, which is a self-manifested Shivalinga.

1. Traditional clothing is a must if performing poojas. Checking with the priest for the details is advisable.
2. Follow temple rules, like removing footwear while entering the temple.
3. The temple isn't as crowded as the Hadimba Temple located nearby, so one can visit the temple any time of the day.

Siyali Mahadev Temple is located on Hadimba Temple road in Manali. It takes about 10 minutes to reach from Mall Road in Manali. Auto-rickshaws and rented two-wheelers/ motorbikes are the best modes of transport as the road leading to the temple are narrow. One can rent taxis, but they would have to walk from the point the road narrows as it is difficult to drive taxis and other broader vehicles. The route to reach Siyali Mahadev Temple goes via NH3.

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