Weekend Getaway Destination: Purmandal Uttar Behni
The place is also known as Chhota Kashi and is located just off the national highway leading towards Pathankot, is the Purmandal Temple Complex on the banks of the sacred and mostly underground Devak river. The pilgrimage site is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. According to the belief of the people here, a dip in the river cleanses soul.
Inside the temple, there are a number of shiv lingams and it is believed that most of them have originated naturally. Local people gave them the name of Aap Shambhu. People from all over India and abroad come herer to pay their obisance to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati .
This temple is located in a small village by the same name on the bank of Devak River that scrolls down to join a river by name Utterbehni. It is believed that maximum lingums of this temple originated naturally in the nearby areas of Purmandal—Indreshwar, Gyaneshwar, Bhuteshwar and Bikeshwar. They are different avatars of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
It is called Chota Kashi because it is considered equal to Kashi in Uttar Pradesh. Attraction of Purmandal includes large number of paintings on the walls of the old buildings, huge white marble bull and an outsize bronze bell beside some artifacts are among the attractions at Uttar Behani.