9 Famous Temples In Himachal Pradesh

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The beautiful hilly state of Himachal Pradesh is home to many temples. Let’s check out 9 of them.

Jwalamukhi Devi Temple At Kangra District:

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Jwalamukhi Devi Temple situated at Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh is dedicated to Goddess Jwalamukhi, the deity of flaming mouth. The deity is worshipped in the form of flames which come out from the crevices of the rock. The sacred flames in the pit are generally offered milk and water and the deity is offered bhog or rabri. Havan and aarti are performed daily and portions of DurgaSaptasati are recited. It is identified as one of the 52 Shakti Peethas and a significant one too.

Hidimba Devi Temple In Manali:

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Hidimba Devi temple or Hadimba temple is located in the beautiful hill station, Manali. It is dedicated to a figure from the Indian epic Mahabharata named Hidimba Devi, sister of Hidimba and is an ancient cave temple. It was built in 1553 and is surrounded by a cedar forest at the foot of the Himalayas. The temple inside has the imprint of the feet of the Goddess carved on a block of stone which are worshipped.

Chinnamastika Devi Temple:

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Chinnamastika Devi temple in Chintpurni is a major pilgrimage centre as it is one of the Shakti Peethas in India. It is surrounded by western Himalayas in the north and east in the smaller Shivalik range. The temple is dedicated to Chinnamasta or Chinnamastika Devi and is one of the 7 major and 51 total Shakti Peethas. It is believed that part of Sati’s forehead fell at this place and thus Chinnamasta is said to the severe-headed one or the fore headed-one. The fairs during Navaratri and Chaitra are widely popular here.

MahakaliBanni Mata Temple In Chamba District:

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MahakaliBanni Mata temple located in Chamba district is a Hindu temple dedicated to Goddess Kali Devi. It is situated at a height of 8,500 feet, right at the base of PirRanjai range, surrounded by dense forests at the foot of the Himalayas. This is a very important temple mostly for people from Bharmour region. Here, it is believed that Goddess Kali grants wishes and gives children to couples who are unable to have any. Kali puja is widely celebrated here.

Shri Bhima Kali Temple At Sarahan:

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Shri Bhima Kali temple is located at Sarahan is dedicated to the mother Goddess Bhimakali who is also the presiding deity of the temple. This temple is also one of the 51 Shakti Peethas. It is believed that the ear of Sati fell at this place and an icon of this eternal Goddess presides at the top storey of the building. Goddess Parvati is also enshrined as a divine consort of Lord Shiva.

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Himani Chamunda Temple In Kangra Valley:

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HimaniChamunda temple is located in Kangra Valley in the Himalayas and is a Hindu temple dedicated to Devi Chamnunda. It was built sometime around 1660. Devi Chamunda or Chamundi is the Hindu Divine Mother and one of the seven Mother Goddesses. The goddess is worshipped by offering animal sacrifices and liquor. One has to trek 7.4 kilometres one way from Jia village to reach the temple.

Trilokinath Temple At Tunde:

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Sri Trilokinath temple is located at Tunde which is 6 km south of the left bank of River Chenab. The temple is considered to be sacred both by Tibetan Buddhists and Hindus. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva whose another name was Trilokinath which means ‘Lord of the Three Worlds’. Although locales believe that it originally used to be a Buddhist vihara or monastery. The temple has a large granite lingam and a Nandi or bull representing Lord Shiva along with Buddhist prayer wheels. The three-day Parauri festival is celebrated in August by both Hindus and Buddhists.

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Jakhoo Temple In Shimla:

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Jakhoo temple is an ancient temple located in Shimla dedicated to Lord Hanumana. A giant 108-feet-high idol of Lord Hanumana or the Monkey God is situated at the temple which is considered to be the world’s largest statue. A big festival in the time of Dussehra is celebrated in the temple.

Masroor Rock Cut Temple In Masroor:

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Masroor Rock Cut temple is situated at Masroor in Kangra valley district. It’s Vaishnavite temples and is a complex of monolithic rock cut temples which was built between 6th to 8th centuries. The temple has idols of Ram, Lakshman and Sita and has 15 tower temples. There are also figurines of gods and goddesses such as Shiva, Parvati, Lakshmi and Saraswati.

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