Pahari Mandir is renowned for its shiva temple along with all the other temple. Parallely it is also known for its pious festivals which are been celebrated graciously in there specific time. Many devotees surrounding Ranchi  came here in this time to offer there respect  to the Deities. The Republic Day and The Independence Day holds a special significance in this temple premise as this is the only temple which unfurl National Flag in this days.

Shravani Mela Mahashvratri - Shiv Barat

Varshik Mahotsava Independence & Republic Day Celebration



Chants of ‘BOL-BUM’ and the jingle of kanwars fill the morning air at the Pahari Mandir every year on the days of the auspicious Shravani Mela.

A sea of saffron-clad pilgrims can be seen surging towards the Pahari Temple after completing an arduous journey on foot. The Kanwariyas, with pots of water balancing adroitly on their shoulders, both excited and humble at their mission. Some of the devotees come from far-flung areas. The pilgrims board trekkers from their villages or towns and come to the Swarnarekha river at Namkum. They walk from the river to the temple which is 12 km long stretch.

The Devotees don’t even feel the strain of the long walk because the excitement of reaching the temple first which keeps them going. The entire journey is  very enjoyable for the devotees. The banks of the Swarnarekha also buzz with activity that begins in the early hours of the night. Devotees take a ritual bath under mast lights put up by local volunteers. They then fill the earthen pitchers with water from the river, and begin a walk that culminate only after the water is poured on Lord Shiva.

The Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) also arrange facilities for the Shiva devotees, who comes from far places. The RMC cleans up the roads leading to the temple. Water tankers are placed at the base of the temple, while extra water carriers are provided everyday during the mela. They make sure that the streetlights have been repaired while new ones have been installed.

The volunteers of the temple take care that the pilgrims or the devotees should not have any sort problems .If some occur unfortunately they are always on- foot  to offer help to the victims.  The Sukhdev Nagar Police Station, which is in charge of the area, constitute a special security cell to ensure the safety of the Shiv bhakts. A few women constables is also include in the cell. The Pahari Mandir Samiti takes efficient measure to ensure that Pilgrims are satisfied with the arrangements made by them.

Maha Shivratri is a Hindu festival celebrated every year in reverence of Lord Shiva. Alternate common names/spellings include Maha Sivaratri, Shivaratri, Sivarathri,. Shivaratri literally means the great night of Shiva. According to the mythology Shiva and Shakti married each other. It is celebrated every year on the 13th night/14th day of the Maagha or Phalguna month of the Hindu calendar. The festival is principally celebrated by offering  Bael or Bilva/Vilvam leaves, flowers, and other gifts on the Linga which is a symbol of Lord Siva, and bathing it with milk, honey, butter, ghee, rose-water, etc. All-day fasting and an all-night-long vigil.

According to a legend, Parvati performed tapasya, prayed and meditated on this day to ward off any evil that might befall her husband on the moonless night. Since then, Mahashivaratri is believed to be an auspicious occasion for  Indian women to pray for the well-being of their husbands and sons. Unmarried girls  prays for a husband alike Shiva, who is considered to be an ideal husband.

In this auspicious day the sanctum sanctorum housing the deity was altered time and again and finally gave way into a vivid impression. Canopies and Props are  been  decorated like the peoples of groom's side as this is the marriage day  of Shiva and Parvati. The canopies and props came down  from the hill of the Pahari Mandir to go round the city in a procession as Barati where the Chief Minister, Deputy Chief Minister and many more VIP's felicitate the Barati's. After the round about in the city the barati's visit to a  temple near to the Pahari Mandir  to perform  the marriage of the gods which is a grand celebration. The important features of this religious function are rigid fasting for twentyfour hours and sleepless vigil during the night. Every true devotee of Lord Siva spend the night of Sivaratri in deep meditation, keeps vigil and observes fast.

From the very early morning, Pahari Mandir is flocked by devotees, young and old, who come to perform the traditional Shivalinga worship (puja) and hence hope for favours from the god. The temple reverberates with the sound of bells and shouts of “Shankerji ki Jai” meaning 'Om Namah Shiva'. They observe strict spiritual discipline in the day and worships Lord Shiva in four different forms in the four successive Praharas, each made up of three hours of the night. The offering of a few Bilva leaves is more precious to Lord Shiva than the precious jewels and flowers.They bathe the Lord in milk at the first Prahara, in curd at the second, in clarified butter at the third, and in honey at the fourth and last. Next morning, then they feed the Brahmins first and break the fast after the performance of the prescribed ceremonies. There is no ritual which can compare with this simple routine in sanctity.

Varshik Mahotsava or Annual Ritual is celebrated every year in December. A huge amount of Devotees gather here on this auspicious occasion. The deity of Lord Shiva came out from a sea-shell which is duely ornamented with flowers. In this day the premise of the temple is also embellished  with flowers. Lord Shiva is been offered with Chhapan Bhog .


Whole through the day Bhajans or the song of god is been played inside the temple  which make the aura very pious. Different props of gods and goddesses are been displayed. The live  props plays drama mimicking some mythological story. To visualize all this thousands of devotees from all caste and Crete  from different parts of the state gathers here to make this celebration a grand one.

The people of Ranchi have a unique way of remembering the heroes who sacrificed their lives during the freedom struggle. It is said many freedom fighters were sent to the gallows atop this hill. When the country won freedom, the residents of Ranchi, decided to pay respect to those martyrs by hoisting the tricolor on the hill. And the tradition continues with people hosting the tricolor during Independence and Republic Day atop the temple as a mark of respect towards those who sacrificed their lives. This is a unique gesture found at a temple, which is  very rare and special.

National Flag is unfurled here virtually right on the stroke of midnight, this temple naturally comes to hold some special significance.



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