ICE SHIVA LINGAM IN SOLANG VALLEY MANALI
Thousands of villagers of upper Manali, including tourists, bathed the ice lingam at Anjani Mahadev Temple near Solang Valley and performed special Shivratri pooja while it snowed heavily. They also offered fruits and flowers to the 20-feet naturally frozen ice lingam.
One of the main attractions in Solang Valley is the Shiva Lingam made of ice.According to the local people, the “Ice Shiv Lingam” was discovered around 14 years ago by Baba Prakash Puri who later built a small temple and an ashram in the cave that houses the lingam. A large number of tourists visit this place between December and March to have a glimpse of nature’s creation. The Lingam is usually 20 feet tall and the spray of the waterfall from above serves as a natural ‘Abhishek’.
The place is also called Anjani Mahadev since it’s believed that Anjani Devi, the Mother of Hanuman meditated there. Vehicles ply upto a particular point after which you need to trek uphill or ride horseback. Acharya Pandit Naveen Shashtri offers pooja at the temple everyday and devotees are offered tea or kheer as Prasad in the temple.Just below the Lingam you can opt for some adventure sports like paragliding and skiing and zorbing.
The Anjani Mahadev Temple is situated 3 kms above the Solang ski slopes and people can reach there only by trekking or horse riding. Although, walking between six feet snow was not easy but tourists reached there in scores.