Jammu: The shrine of Lord Shiva, popularly known as Sudhmahadev will wake up to mega pilgrimage activity as the three-day historic mela will commence tomorrow in Tehsil Chenani of Udhampur district here. The historical Sudhmahadev Mela will start from June 12 , Additional Deputy Commissioner, Udhampur, Vikas Sharma said today.
Arrangements for smooth conduct of the mela were reviewed in a meeting of district officers of different departments held under the chairmanship of Additional Deputy Commissioner at Sudhmahadev.
Sudhmahadev houses a temple with a natural lingam made from black marble. This temple has a three-faced idol of Shulpaneshwar Mahadev, Parvati and Ganesh. They are seen riding Nandi the Bull.
It also has idols of Bhairava, Garbha Jun and Gorak Nath, because of which the temple is considered sacred for pilgrims. “Mitra vavli” or “Papnashi Vavli” is a small stream in the temple.
Discussions on arrangements for drinking water and power supply, medicare, sanitation, security, transport, accommodation, checking of rates of essentials and parking of vehicles, were held in the meeting.
The ADC directed the officers concerned to make coordinated efforts in ensuring their arrangements well in advance to make the mela a grand success. A committee comprising of Assistant Director, CA&PD, Naib Tehsildar Sudhmahadev and Food Inspector was constituted to keep a strict vigil on rates and quality of eatables and adequate parking places would also be identified at different locations for the smooth flow of traffic. To acquaint the people about state and centrally sponsored schemes, various departments would set up their exhibition stalls during mela days.