The 2800 year old Historic temple of Sudh Mahadev is situated in Chenaini Tehsil of District Udhampur on the banks of holy river Devak (elder sister of Ganga). The temple is one of the oldest Shiva Temple of Jammu & Kashmir state.
A popular story is associated with this shrine as: Once, when Goddess Parvati was in deep prayer, a demon called Sudheet came to pay his respectful obeisance to lord shiva . But his demonic look frightened the Goddess and She made a loud shriek. Her cry reached to the mountains where lord shiva was in deep meditation, he got disturbed by the sound. When He opened His eyes, He saw the demon, at whom he hurled his invincible Trident (Holy Trishul).
As the trident pierced through Sudheet, he began to chant Lord Shiva’s name. Lord Shiva realized the mistake, so He offered to bring Sudheet back to life. But Sudheet refused to come back to life telling Lord Shiva that dying his hands, he woud be able to obtain moksha (Salvation). Moved by the demon’s words, Lord Shiva ordered that, henceforth, Sudheet’s name would be taken before his own name at the place where he was killed. That is how the place where Goddess Parvati used to worship a shivling came to be known as Sudhmahadev.
The shivling and the remains of the trishul can still be seen at the temple. It is also said that there is one place inside the temple where the mortals of Sudheet are digged indside .
The temple has a Dhooni (Eternal Flame) to commemorate the spiritual attainments of Baba Roop Nath who is said to have attained Samadhi here about several thousand years ago.
In the temple premises, there is a Trident (Trishul) that in the local dialect is called ‘Gaja’. The sacred Trident has inscriptions in the ancient manuscript that form a major topic of research for the archaeological department. According to Roopnath, the first religious head of the temple of Sudhmahadev, “Amardhuni’, ‘Gorakh Nath temple’, the huge idol of ‘Bhairava’ and the ‘Garbha Jun below the Nandi gan’ are considered to be great places of worship for the pilgrims.
It is said that the ‘Dhooni’ has been kept burning constantly ever since Baba Roop Nath is said to be residing in the temple & another miracle is the level of water in the ‘water kund’ which has also remained static .
Thousands of pilgrims visits the temple especially during the three day fair held on the occasion of Jeshta Purnima (i.e. Full Moon of June). To worship the TRISHUL & a MACE of lord shiva.
During the annual fair held at Sudhmahadev, religious saints & sages sing in the praise of Sudhmahadev.
The holy environs of Sudh Mahadev are known to have been the seat of meditation for Goddess Parvati to attain Lord Shiva (Gaurikund). Gaurikund is around 10 km away from Sudh Mahadev.