Fateh Veer Singh Guram, Travel @ The Hush Post: Chindi, a small, secluded place in the Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh is a perfect weekend getaway for those who wish to spend a few days in the peace and quiet of the hills. Off the beaten track, this village is famous for its apple orchards, and the numerous temples that are located within a radius of 20 kilometres. Thus, a holiday which offers a peaceful and relaxing time, coupled with the religious fervour of the hills is on the cards with a visit to this quaint village.
Places to Visit:
Mamleshwara Mahadev Temple:
This temple is one of the most famous and important temples of the Karsog valley. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, it is a sacred place where Rishi Bhrigu meditated. It is believed that the Pandavas constructed the outer part of the temple during their exile. There is a fire within the temple premises that keeps burning, 24/7 in their honour. Navratri is celebrated with great pomp in this temple.
Kamakhshya Mata Temple:
This temple is dedicated to goddess Durga. It is believed that the Goddess Durga trounced the demon Mahishasur here. The temple has been built in the pagoda style architectural design, and there are beautiful wooden carvings in the temple.
Mahu Nag Temple:
The Mahu Nag temple was built in honour of Lord Karna, by the local king, Raja Shyam Sen. The Raja was a devout follower of Lord Karna, and had the temple built in 1664. Lord Karna is the guardian deity of the region, and legend has it that when the villagers are in dire need of help, the deity transforms into a “mahu” (bee) and helps out the villagers.
The temple, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva, devotees visit this temple to seek fulfilment for salvation, wealth, relief from diseases, purchase of vehicles and to gain knowledge. The word “Ardhnarishwara” means a person or deity which is half man and half woman. There is a stone in the temple, the right half of which represents Lord Shiva and the left half represents Parvati.
Best Time to Visit:
The best season to visit is summer season, since the temperature hovers around a relatively pleasant 25 degrees. Thus, the months of April, May and June are ideal months to visit this quaint village.
How to Reach:
The nearest railway station and airport are in Shimla, which is around 90 kilometres away. Chandigarh and New Delhi are at a distance of 204 and 457 kilometres, respectively. The district headquarters, Mandi, lies at a distance of 104 kilometres from the village.