Himachal Pradesh, which famous as a “Devabhoomi” – The Abode of the Gods”. More or less every village in Himachal Pradesh has its own divinity who will look after the well being of that village people. There are about two thousands plus temples all over the State. Approximately every temple has its own fair or festival associated with it.
The Kathgarh temple is an ancient Mughal style temple located in the village by the name of Kathgarh, situated at a distance of about 25 km from the region of Pathankot.
The Kathgarh temple is abode of a large ‘Shivaling’, which is divided vertically in two parts.
According to planet changes and changes in position of stars [ Nakshtra] the distance between these Two Shivlingas changes.
In Grishma ritu [summer] these Shivling divide into two parts and in Sheet Ritu [Winter] they unite to become one Shivlinga. The larger part of the Shivaling is worshipped as Lord Shiva and the smaller segment is worshipped as Goddess Parvati.
History and Legends
According to “Shiv Purana” there happened a war in between Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma as to who is supreme from them.
They were about to use “Pashupat Astra” which would have brought destruction and total destruction all around. God Shiva become helpless seeing all this and he appeared as a fire pillar between these two battling Gods, then both the fighting Gods became peaceful and sought to know what this fire pillar is?
Lord Vishnu disguised as ‘Shukara’ went to ascertain the bottom, and Lord Brahma’s swan fly into the sky to look at the top of fire pillar. Lord Vishnu came back without reaching the extreme base point of the pillar in the Earth. Lord Brahma returns with a ‘Ketki’ flower in his hand saying, it was lying on the top of the pillar.
Lord Vishnu and Brahma reconciled. Then God Shiva appeared and he was very happy with the dedication and honesty of Lord Vishnu and awarded him equality with himself. This great fire pillar came to know as Linga of Lord Shiva in Kathgarh Temple.