Shantan Dehra, Doda

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Shantan Dehra is an old temple dedicated to Shantan Nag, one of the brothers of Vasuki Nag, the second chief of one of the most ancient warrior tribes of India. Surrounded by deodar trees, this temple is located on a small hill. The temple enshrines a few ancient ‘shivlingam’, symbolic representation of the Hindu god of destruction, Shiva. An old statue of the Hindu Sun-God, Surya, was recently discovered here.Shantan Nag is considered to be a powerful deity who not only blesses his devotees but also punishes them for their mistakes. A function is organised here annually during the period of Herai Jater, in July/August. Pujas or prayers are performed by a priest who makes predictions. Locals say that most of the predictions that have been made so far have come true.

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