AADI BRAHMA TEMPLE, KHOKHAN KULLU
There are six Brahma temples In Himachal Pradesh. The Aadi Brahma Temple in Kullu’s Khokhan Valley is the most popular of all these temples. Penelope Chetwode, a well-known British lady explorer, and her crew also wrote about this temple. In Kulu: The End of the Habitable World, Chetwode documented her adventures. Chetwode was so enamored by India, particularly the Kullu Valley, that she desired cremated like Hindus. If she died in the Himalayas, she wanted her ashes to be strewn in the sacred waters of Mother Beas, and that is precisely what occurred. Mother Nature fulfilled her final desire, and the Khanag Village residents performed her final rites.
The Aadi Brahma becomes Aadi Purkha: From Kullu to Mandi
Another temple devoted to Lord Brahma in Himachal Pradesh is the Aadi Purkha Temple in Uttarsal Mandi. In Tihri Village, the temple may be found in the northwestern direction over Parashar Hill. The rest of the homes atop Parashar Hill are easily visible from Tihri Village on a bright sunny day.
Both the Tihri and Khokhan Villages were initially part of Kullu Riyasat, and locals from both villages worshipped the Khokhan Brahma. However, a territorial conflict arose between Mandi and Kullu, resulting in the settlements’ split. The people of Tihri decided to build their own Aadi Brahma Temple, which they dubbed Aadi Purkha Temple. Not only does the new temple have the same name as the Khokhan Temple, but it also has the same architectural style. After the separation, some of the statues and images from the Khokhan Temple were moved to the Tihri Temple. It was chosen to call this temple Aadi Purkha Temple of Tihri – Uttarsal during the installation.
Adi Purkha’s pagoda structure is notable for the three levels’ intimidating and well-intentioned layout, as well as the overall formal harmony. The compositional parameters have been strictly followed in the treatment of this pagoda. The diverging lines of the highest tier, when extended downward, ideally contact the margins of the lower roofs to form an isosceles triangle. The mid-dip has enhanced the composition’s aesthetic effect in the ceiling of the lowermost tier.
Mian Goverdhan Singh and O.C. Handa, another well-known Himachal Pradesh historian, have written extensively about the state’s wooden architecture. The Aadi Brahma participates in the Kullu Dussehra Festival, whereas the Aadi Purkha, the Pashakot, and Hurang Narayan Deities from the Chuhar Valley, grace the Mandi Shivratri.
BEST TIME TO VISIT TEMPLE
Visiting the shrine in October during Dussehra and March is worth it, as it will help you witness the Shivaratri celebration at the temple.