Himachal Pradesh is a state of mysteries. There are many temples here, whose story is nothing short of a mystery. One such temple is Dev Dhank (Cave of Lord Shiva). Dev Dhank which is located in the Nirmand -Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. Its is 147 Kms from Shimla and just 3 kms from nirmand. It is believed that there is a secret route which directly reaches Shri Khand where Lord Shiva resides in the form of a big rock.
Dev Dhank – A lord shiva temple builds inside a small rock-cut cave. A narrow gorge leads one to the temple complex. The cave is quite deep and about 6 feet in height. A shiva lingam is enshrined inside the Dhar Deo Dhank cave. From the top of the cave, water seeps down inside, drop by drop. Such a phenomenon is looked at as a miracle of nature, otherwise, there is absolutely no trace of water on the rock in the hill. There is a bunch of revered trees outside the cave under which idols of other divinities are kept. The entrance to the cave is shaped in the form of Lord Ganesha. The local people consider it an exceedingly hallowed shrine.
It is said by the Pandavas that the small little cave is connected to Shrikhand Kailash through narrow cave inside the mountain. There is a narrow cave inside the mountain which is an entry and exits of this cave.
According to legends – Bhasmasur, the asura who meditated for hundreds of years to please Shiva. Bhole blessed him with the Bhasma Kangan giving him the power to turn anyone into the ashes, including the Devas, by placing his hand on their heads. The cruel-hearted Bhasmasur decided to try the same on Shiva. Shiva, however, escaped to Kailasha from a cave which is now known as Devdhank.