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Kalinath Kaleshwar Mahadev Temple In Himachal Pradesh

Kalinath Kaleshwar Mahadev temple is located around 16 kms
from Pragpur and around 45 kms from Kangra town in Himachal Pradesh. The main
temple which enshrines the ancient Shivling was originally made of dressed
stone but it has now been whitewashed. The shivling is exceptional in that it
lies beneath the ground.

A long winding road from Pragpur crisscrossing pretty villages
ends at the edge of a ridge overlooking the Beas River. Perched precariously on
a barren hillock lies the ancient temple of Kaleshwar Mahadev.

Legend has it that Uma, the divine consort of Shiva, sat
here in a trance for 12,000 years to attain moksha. Pleased, Shiva granted the
wish of Goddess to build a temple at the site.

The samadhis of many saints like Mahan Gomti Nath, Mai Ganga
Giri, Swami Krishna Nand, Swami Bodha Nand lie near the steps leading to the Beas
River. The samadhis are in a dilapidated condition.

Just ahead of the temple complex is a tank which legends
date to the Dwaparyug. Apparently, the Pandavas carried water from the five
holy places of Haridwar, Prayag, Ujjain, Nasik and Trimbakeshwar and poured
it into this tank. During festivals and other important dates thousands of
devotees take holy dip in the tank.

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