The Pahari Mandir is located near the Ratu Road of the popular city of Ranchi in Jharkhand. It is situated at an altitude of 2140 feet from the sea level. This Temple of Lord Shankara (Lord Shiva) alias Pahari Mandir is situated 7 km away from Ranchi Railway Station at Ratu Road
Significance of the Temple
The presiding diety of the temple is Lord Shiva at the top of the hill. From the top of the hill the whole city can be seen. One can find various kind of tress which multiplies the beauty of the hill particularly in the rainy season.
The temple also has the relation to some freedom fighters of Ranchi. The real name of this beautiful embedded old shiv mandir which is about 300 ft. high is 'Richi Buru'. The temple built on top of Ranchi or Fansi hill can be reached by climbing a flight of steps, numbering a few hundreds. From there the devotees can have spectacular views of the city and the Ranchi Lake which is flowing through the bottom of the hill.
It is a very charming and imposing temple of Lord Shankara which is another name of Lord Shiva. Ranch hill was earlier being known as Phansi Tongri and it was the place where freedom fighters were hanged to death. To remember the importance of this important hill in the freedom movement, tricolor flag is unfurled on the Independence Days and Republic days.
The surroundings of temple have well maintained picturesque surroundings and to reach the temple at the top of the mountain requires tapping up of more than 300 steps. Most of the devotees visit this place to make their wishes and also make the opportunity to thank Lord Shiva for the blessings.
One can have a bird's view of the whole Ranchi city from the temple premises and the view is really an enchanting eye- pleasing experience. The trees of different species add to the beauty of the hill especially during the rainy season. During Shravan time, the devotees offer Jal (Dhara) to Lord Shiva and the Shravan season is a major draw of visitors.
Time to visit
The month of Shravan is being considered as very much auspicious to visit the Pahari Mandir.
Other places to Visit
The temple is 10 km apart from Ranchi town which was built in 1691 having resemblance with architectural style of Puri temple. The Rath yatra here similar to Puri is held every year.
The famous Sun Temple was built by Sanskriti Vihar headed by Sitaram Maroo. It is located at a distance of 40 kms on Ranchi Tata Road. It is built in the form of a Chariot embedded with 18 wheels drawn by 7 white horses. It is surrounded by a pond which is used by devotees during Chhath Puja for worshipping of Sun.
A stone slab crammed with sculptures, emerging from the wall, can be traced in the west. This Ossian ancient temple is a perfect example of the medieval architecture. The artistic brilliance of the temple is worth seeing.
Nearby tourist places to Pahari Mandir in Ranchi Bhubaneshwar
Angrabari (Amreshwar Dham):
It is a temple consisting of the deity of Lord Shiva, Ram and Sita, Hanuman and Ganesh. It is located near Khunti at a distance of about 40 kms from Ranchi.
How to Reach the Temple
Through Airways- the city of Ranchi is well linked to important airports in India, including Patna, Delhi and Kolkata. The Ranchi airport of Jharkhand is located at Hinoo, nearly 7 km away from the city center. The city of Kolkata has the nearest International airport, which is well connected to many cities in India and abroad. Kolkata is about 400 km from Ranchi and tourist pre-paid taxi charges about Rs 7500 from Kolkata to Ranchi.
Through Railways- the Ranchi railhead is well connected to important cities all over the country. The Nearest station being Hatia is a terminal station and many express trains start from Haiti and stop at Ranchi.