Located at Gur Mandi adjacent to the mosque of Imam Nasar, the Shiv Mandir is one of the most ancient temples of the Jalandhar region. It exhibits an amalgamation of Hindu-Muslim architecture, representing the tolerance between the two religions. The shrine dates back to the Lodhi era and was built by a Nawab who ruled Jalandhar.
The legend behind this temple says that once a Nawab who ruled the area fell in love with a Hindu married woman. She refused his advances and was saved from the Nawab's clutches by a serpent. A huge devotee of Lord Shiva, she believed that the Lord had sent his serpent to save her. The Nawab, repenting his mistake, decided to build a temple for Lord Shiva honouring the women's devotion.
The temple displays a blend of Hindu-Muslim architecture. The front gate is built in classic Muslim style of architecture, while the rest of the complex in Hindu style. The shrines have white and red etched pyramid shaped shikharas. The presiding deity of the shrine is Lord Shiva. The image of the serpent is also worshipped.Pic Courtesy : www.goibibo.com
Devotees are advised to wear clean and conservative attire.
Jalandhar is the oldest city in Punjab and one of the oldest in the country. The whole of Punjab and the area of present Jalandhar District was part of the Indus Valley Civilization. Jalandhar has many important places of worship including Gurudwaras and temples. Jalandhar is famous for its sports industries and a huge percentage of cricket equipment production of India happens here.
By air - The Amritsar airport is the nearest airport to Jalandhar. This airport is at a distance of nearly 94 kms. It is an international airport with regular flights from major Indian and international cities.
By rail - The Jalandhar railway station lies on the Amritsar-Delhi railway line. This railway station is well connected with various major cities of India.
By road - Jalandhar is well connected by road and has frequent buses connecting it to all major cities of the north.
The priests perform regular puja and rituals to the deities