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Mamal Shiva Temple


Mamal Shiva Temple in Pahalgam is believed to have come into existence during the development of Himalayas. Nestled between the two Himalayan Ranges of Pir Panjal and Zanskar, Mamal Shiva Temple is said to be a witness to Neolithic age humans. It was built by King Jayasimha on the right bank of River Lidder and the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Devotees are welcomed inside the temple by two magnificent pillars. The temple encompasses a pedestal and a Shiva Lingam, with a pure water spring covered by a basin. This pure water spring is natural and makes the view of the temple breathtaking. The spring in the court of the temple is the same spring under which Parvati bathed and had asked Lord Ganesha to safe guard the entrance. Lord Shiva was denied entry by little Ganesha which left him in fury. Shiva in anger decapitated Ganesha and later at the request of Parvati brought him back to life.

The temple is considered to be the oldest temple of Kashmir Valley dating back to 5th century. The legend says that Lord Shiva shifted his throne from Thojwara to Mamaleshwar. Mamal Shiva Temple was ruled both by the Hindu and Mughal Kings during 15th century. This temple also has sculptures that are ancient and depicts other deities. Every morning and evening hymns are sang and rituals are conducted by the Pandit of the Mamal Shiva Temple.

A visit to Mamal Shiva Temple will fill your heart with spirituality, peace and tranquility. The beauty of the surrounding Himalayas will surely captivate your heart and soul.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Mamal Shiva Tempel is between the months of April to November, when the weather is conducive.


The Mamaleshwar temple and its Village derive its name from this ‘Mam mal’ which means: ‘don’t go’.


Mamal Shiva Temple remains open from morning to evening.

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