Ranchi Pahari Temple is a Lord Shankara (Shiva) temple situated in the heart of the city on a hill in Ratu Road, Ranchi, Jharkhand. It is a bare black land outcropping in the midst of flat land. The age-old Pahari Temple has located 8 km from the railway station and 12 km from the airport. The 2140 feet Ranchi hill houses the temple at its summit. One needs to climb a flight of 468 steps to reach the summit.
This place is fast developing into a religious tourist site as this is the best place to have a bird’s eye view of the city of Ranchi and also attain some salvation by paying one’s obsequies to the Lord. A huge crowd of Shiva devotees gathers here between the months of February and October, during Shivaratri and other important days earmarked to pray to Lord Shiva. The Lord is also known as Pahari Baba is worshipped in the form of a linga. The hillock also known as Richi Buru is famous for its breathtaking views of the city and some spectacular sunsets and sunrises.
At the foot of this hill is the beautiful Ranchi Lake. The lake was dug by a Britisher; Colonel Onsely in 1842 is frequented by all visitors for its beauty. The lake is flanked by two temples and a pillared bathing ghat where tourists heading to the Pahari temple take a dip before proceeding to climb the steps of the hillock. 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 Ranchi Pahari Temple, which is rare and special.
The temple also has a relation to some freedom fighters of Ranchi. The real name of this beautiful embedded old shiv Temple 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 hundred. From there the devotees can have spectacular views of the city and 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, the tricolor flag is unfurled on the Independence Days and Republic days.
The surroundings of the 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.
Ranchi Pahari Mandir Timings:
Morning: 4.30 AM to 1.00 PM
Evening: 2.00 PM to 6.00 PM
Pahari Mandir 5 Aartis Timings:
4.30 AM to 5.00 AM – Mangala Aarti
6.30 AM to 6.45 AM – Saloni Aarti
8.30 AM to 8.45 AM – Manokamma Aarti
1.00 PM to 2.00 PM – Bhog Sringaar
7.30 pm to 9.00 pm – Sringaar Aarti Darshan
Pahari Mandir Timings in Shravani Somwaar:
3.30 AM – Mangala Aarti
4.00 AM – Temple open for devotees
5.00 PM – Temple closed for Sringaar
5.30 PM – Sringaar darshan, Bhog and Aarti
7.00 PM – Temple closed for Sringaar
7.30 PM – Sringaar darshan, Bhog and Shayan Aarti
9.30 PM – Temple Closed
Other Deities in Ranchi Temple:
Lord Shiva Temple
Durga Mata Temple
Nag Devta Temple
How to reach Pahari Temple:
Ranchi Domestic airport (Birsa Munda Airport) is the nearest Airport.
Ranchi is a major level crossing. The city has trains from all metropolitan cities across the country.
Ranchi is also well connected by road with all major cities of the country.
Ranchi Pahari Temple Address:
Ranchi Pahari Mandir Vikas Samiti
Jharkhand – 834001.