Places of interest in Karsog Valley
Mamleshwar Mahadev Temple: In the ancient Mamleshwar Mahadev temple in Mamel, Gauri-Shankar can be seen sitting on lotus. The two Pagoda Style temples in this complex have intricate wooden carvings. An old rope existing in the temple having diameter about 4 inch was used for human sacrifice known as Bhunda. A drum made of a bush stem locally known as Bhekhal and a grain of wheat weighing 250 grams displayed in the temple are amazing.
Emergence of a number of Shivlingas in the excavations in this recent past near the temple and existence of stone statues of Shiv and Vishnu in this temple indicates that a Shikhra Style stone temple existed here earlier. The temple is also related to Bhrigu Rishi and Lord Parshuram.
Kamaksha Devi Temple: In the valley itself and about 8 Kms away from Karsog temple of Kamaksha Devi is situated in vill. Kao. According to Puranas the temple was established by Lord Parshuram. The Pagoda Style temple is famous for its wood carvings and the carvings are said to be inspired by the Devi to the Carpenter. The Goddess is incarnation of Mahishasurmardini and there was practice of Buffalo sacrifice in the temple till recent past.
Mahamaya Bhuneshwari temple:
Situated at a place named Pangna which is about 24 Kms from Karsog on Karsog-Mandi road. Pangna was the capital of old Suket State and is also related to Pandavas who, it is said, have spent their time there during the exile. The temple is in the shape of a fort having six stories and a height of 52 feet. For this reason the temple is also known as Devi Kot.
Mool (Original) Mahunag temple:
Located at Bakhari at an altitude of 1850 Mtr. and is 24 Kms from Karsog towards Shimla. The temple was built in 14-15th century. Mahunag is believed to be incarnation of Karan of Mahabharata. The nag devta is worshiped all over the State and its temples exist all over Himachal Pradesh.
The people of Karsog area worship Shiv, Shakti and Nagas and for that reason temples are found in almost each village of the valley. Nag Sunani temple Churag, Nag Sarhi, Nag Dhamooni’s temples at Dhamoon Tibba, Seri and Damehal, Somleshwar Mahadev Soma Kothi, Tebani Mahadev, Deo Baryogi temple, Chawasi Sidh temple are some of the famous temples.
Chindi: Situated over a ridge of Karsog valley Chindi having an altitude 1825 Mtr. is 11 Kms from Karsog on Karsog-Shimla road. It has a spectacular view of Karsog valley and snow clad mountain ranges. The place is famous for dense forests of Deodar and Pine and its apple orchards. A walk through forest path on the surrounding hills is walker’s paradise. A temple of Chandika Mata of Pahari Style of Architecture also exist here and have beautiful wood carvings.
A place called Tattapani is famous for hot water springs on the side of Satluj River and backwaters of Kol dam. Situated at a distance of 53 Kms from Shimla and is entry point to Karsog Sub Division. The place is famous for Sulphur containing hot springs which stands submerged in the artificial lake formed there due to construction of Kol Dam Hydro Electric Project.
A temple of Dhamooni Nag exist on the peak. The place provides a panoramic view of the peaks of Shimla, Kullu, Lahul & Spiti and Kinnaur. The place can be visited by undertaking on foot journey from Mahavan or Sianj Bagra on Karsog-Kelodhar-Seri-Sianj or Mahavan road towards Rampur Busehar. Trekking from Sianj Bagra/Mahavan to the Dhamoon peak is a thrilling visit through dense Deodar forests. Seri, Chirag, Mahavan, Sianj Bagra near the peak give an opportunity of stay in apple orchards and peaceful, green and clean surroundings.
Situated at a distance of 107 Kms from Mandi via Janjehli and 155 Kms via Karsog Chhatri is in one of the far flung region of Mandi District. Chhatri is known for dense Deodar forests, apple orchards and Magru Mahadev/Chatreshwar Mahadev temple. The temple is designed in Pahari Style of temple architecture. The temples is famous for its wood craft and events sequences of Ramayana & Mahabharata on this ceiling of the roof of this temple.
How to Reach:
Mandi-Janjheli-Magru Gala-Chhatri -107 kms.