PaudiWala: the second ladder to Heaven built by Ravana

 Himachal Pradesh is called Devbhoomi which means “Land of God“. There are numerous temples and sacred places in this beautiful little heaven. Each village has their own deities whom they worship and they are considered in every crucial happenings. We will take you on a journey where we will talk about the popular and historically important religious places of Himachal Pradesh one by one. This time we will be talking about “PaudiWala: the second ladder to Heaven built by Ravana“.

Mythological Significance:

PaudiWala: the second ladder to Heaven built by Ravana

It is believed that once Lord Shiva bestowed Ravana the wish to become immortal due to his immense austerity on just one condition if he could make 5 ladders to Heaven (स्वर्ग की सीढ़ी) in a single day. So he started from the ‘Har Ki Pauri‘ at Haridwar which became the first ladder.  Then he made this second ladder which is now known as ‘PaudiWala‘. The 3rd ladder was at  ‘Chureshwar Mahadev‘ or Churdhar and the 4th one was ‘Kinner Kailash‘. Unfortunate for him that he felt asleep before completing the 5th and the final ladder to Heaven. This is how he was devoid of becoming immortal.

It is believed that Lord Shiva resides in this Shivling of PaudiWala and all your wishes come true if you pray with devotion and pure heart.

PaudiWala in Present:

PaudiWala: the second ladder to Heaven built by Ravana

According to locals and the priest of the temple, the Shivling is growing by the size of a single rice grain by every

, a festival celebrated in the honor of Lord Shiva. The temple is situated on Nahan-Chandigarh road and you can easily identify the unpaved road because their is a entrance hoarding in the very beginning.

PaudiWala: the second ladder to Heaven built by Ravana

A fair is organised at the time of Shivratri every year and a huge crowd of devotees visit the temple during that day otherwise you won’t find much crowd on any other day. It is located in isolation and there is peace and purity in the atmosphere which fills you with positivity.

It is very surprising to see that very few people know about this place even though it has such a mythological importance. It is related to 2 iconic figures of Hinduism which includes Lord Shiva, who is considered to be “destroyer and transformer” and Ravana, who was a great follower of Shiva and he was also the villain of Ramayana.

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How to reach PaudiWala:

PaudiWala: the second ladder to Heaven built by Ravana


PaudiWala is almost 5-7 kms away from Nahan towards Kala Amb. We have attached a map below to help you find its exact location. 😉

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