Shivratri Fair in Mandi

Over 200 hill gods and goddesses converge on the sprawling Padal ground of Mandi town to participate in International Shivratri Fari in the centuries old heritage town of temples, known as Kashi of Himachal Pradesh .

Shivratri is celebrated with religious fervour and gaiety. The town dresses up for week-long celebrations which are held in keeping with 600-year old royal traditions of princely rulers. Noted artists from home and abroad regale the audience in the colourful evening cultural programmes.

Mandi rulers were devotees of Lord Shiva. Bhutnath, Trilokinath, Panchvaktra and Ardhnarishwar are prominent Shiva temples. There are over 100 temples here. Built in Shikhra style these are the finest specimen of hill architecture.

The Shivratri fair is being celebrated here since the very foundation of the present Mandi town was laid in 1526 during the rule of Ajber Sen.