Sudh Mahadev Temple Patnitop


The small town of Chanhani, about 120 km from Jammu and 8 km from the enchanting hill station Patnitop, is a significant tourist destination because of the famous Sudh Mahadev Temple. This small temple, devoted to Lord Shiva, is a great piece of art. The secred temple of Sudh Mahadev, situated in the western part of Jammu, was constructed by Chaudhari Ramdas of Chanhani and his son Chaudhari Parag Mahajan about 80 years ago. Built at a height of about 1225 metres above sea level, the temple offers a wonderful view of the nearby hills and landscapes.


While visiting the temple, you see a natural black marble 'Shiva-Lingam' and an idol of Goddess Parvati mounted on the idol of Nandi. The temple is popular for the 'Dhooni', a constantly burning sacred fire, which serves as a memorial to the spiritual attainments of Baba Roop Nath, said to have attained Samadhi there. The devotees visit the shrine on full moon night of the rainy season to worship Lord Shiva. If you visit the temple during the rainy season, you can be a part of the music, dance, and other activities/games in a three-day fair that is organised annually, during July-August.