TEMPLE: Just outside the town of
Kangra is the temple dedicated
to Bajreshwari Devi. Known once for its
legendary wealth this temple was subject to successive depredations by invaders
from the north. Destroyed completely in 1905 by an earthquake, it was rebuilt in
1920 and continues to be a busy place of pilgrimage .
BAIJNATH: The ancient temple at Baijnath is particularly beautiful. Built of
stone in the 9th century AD, in the shikhara style, it is a fine blend of
sculpture and architecture. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Baijnath is close to
Palampur and Kangra.
TEMPLE: Not too far from
Kangra is this popular place
of pilgrimage. An eternally burning flame that issues from a hollow rock in the
sanctum, is considered the manifestation of the goddess Devi. During March-April
and September-October every year, colorful fairs are held during the Navratra
celebration. Jwalamukhi temple is 30 km. from Kangra.
TEMPLE: Not far from Dharamsala (Kangra) is the famous temple
to Chamunda Devi. It is an enchanting spot with glorious views of the mountains,
the Baner Khud, Pathiar and Lahla forest.
TEMPLE: The Lakshminarayan group of temples in the
town of Chamba are of great
archaeological importance. Six stone temples dedicated to Shiva and Vishnu with
tall shikaras, finely carved, date from the 8th century AD. The Lakshminarayan
Temple is the oldest in this group. Other temples around Chamba town include,
those dedicated to Hari Rai, Champavati, Bansigopal, Ram Chandra, Brijeshwari,
Chamunda, Narsingh, and Yogi Charpat Nath.
TEMPLES: The 9th century temples at Bharmaur
are among the most important early Hindu temples in the
Chamba Valley. According to
legend, 84 (chaurasi) yogi's visited Bharmaur, capital of King Sahil Varma. They
were so pleased with the king's humility and hospitality that they blessed him
with ten sons and a daughter, Champavati. A cluster of shrines commemorates that
visit. The temple square is the Centre of all activities in the little town of
Bharmaur and the Lakshmi, Ganesh, Manimahesh and Narsing temples, the main
shrines, are splendidly set off by the dramatic mountainscape.
TEMPLES: Not far from Bharmaur (Chamba) is the Chattari Temple
with early examples of carved wood and an 8th century brass image of
m): The Manimahesh Lake, high up in the mountains
near Bharmaur, is an important place of pilgrimage. The solitary Manimahesh
Kailash Peak- the legendary abode of Shiva, is reflected in its still waters. A
little temple in the shikhara style with an exquisite brass image of Lakshmi
Devi as Mahishasuramardini stands near-by. Every year, following Janmashtami,
the annual Manimahesh Yatra is undertaken. The pilgrimage starts from
the Lakshaminarayan Temple and devotees wend their way up the arduous track from
Bharmaur to take a sacred dip in the waters of the lake.
MANDI: Mandi has a picturesque group of
ancient stone temples with tall vimanas, splendidly located below the town on
the banks of the foaming river. The Tarna Devi Temple (Mandi), a new shrine up on a
hill, overlooks the town and valley.
REWALSAR: Around a natural lake with a floating island are a Shiva temple-the
Lomesh Rishi Temple, Guru Govind Singh's gurdwara and a Buddhist monastery
founded by Guru Padmasambhava. A spot that is revered by people of three faiths
TEMPLE: This temple, built in the 14th century, is a
shrine where the rulers of Mandionce worshipped. The
pagoda-style temple stands in the little green hollow around the Prashar lake,
above the town of Pandoh. The views of the mountains are
(2850 m): It is possible to trek up to
Shikari Devi from Janjheli and Karsog (Mandi). Through woods of
assorted trees and shrubs - which include several medicinal herbs - two separate
trek routes lead up to this ancient shrine located at the crown of the hill.
Hunters in the area once prayed to the Goddess for success in their hunt - and
here, perhaps, lies the origin of the name 'Shikari Devi'. The Goddess is
worshipped in the form of a stone image. Interestingly, the temple which is said
to have been in existence since the time of the Pandavas, has no roof - for
local legend has it, that all attempts to build one have been
HANOGI MAA &
KOYLA MAA TEMPLE: Hanogi Maa temple in on the way
from Mandi to
Kullu near Pandoh and Koyla
Maa temple near Sunder Nagar in Mandi district
TEMPLE: Built in 1651 by the Raja of
temple has an image of Raghunathji that was brought from Ayodhya. During the
Kullu Dussehra, all the temples in the area send their deities to pay homage to
Raghunathji at Kullu.
TEMPLE: An unusual temple dedicated to Shiva-the Lord
of lightning, is located on a height overlooking the
Kullu and Parvati valleys. A
60ft staff above the temple attracts divine blessing in the form of lightning
and breaks the stone linga in the sanctum.
TEMPLE: This four tiered pagoda, embellished in
finely carved wood, stands sheltered in grove of tall deodar at Manali (Kullu). It is
dedicated to Hadimba Devi, wife of the Pandava, Bhim.
TEMPLE: A marvelous example of hill
architecture, the temple complex at Sarahanis set against the incredibly beautiful backdrop of high
ranges and forested slopes. Built in a mixture of the Hindu and Budhists styles,
it was the temple of Bushair rulers of Rampur (Shimla). The palaces of the
royal family are adjacent to the temple. From Sarahan there is a view of the
Srikhand Peak, revered as the home of goddess Lakshami.
HATKOTI: Along the River Pabbar, 104 km
from Shimla, is the temple
dedicated to Durga and Shiva. The gods are said to have fought a pitched battled
at this spot.
JAKHU AND SANKAT
MOCHAN: These two temples close to
Shimla have a commanding views
of the hills.
TEMPLE: On a hill, close to
Bilaspur and Kiratpur (34
km), is famous shrine of Naina Devi. A colourful fair, the Shravana Astami Mela
is held in July-August
CHINTPURNI: A winding road goes up to
the temple dedicated to Bhagwati Chinmastika or Chinpurni-the goddess who grants
all wishes. A popular place of pilgrimage, Chintpurni is about 75 km from the
town of Una
and 100 km from Jalandhar.
RENUKA: The temple, dedicated to
the immortal Renuka, stands near the picturesque Renuka Lake (Sirmour).
About 25 km from Nurpur (Kangra), at
the confluence of the Bohar and Bhali streams, is another sacred spot popular
with pilgrims of various faiths. There is a Hindu temple, a Buddhist monastery,
a gurdwara and a mosque at Trilokpur.
BABA BALAK NATH
TEMPLE: A cave temple located in Deothsidth, in the
Dhaulagiri Hills of Hamirpur, is a noted place of pilgrimage. People come here
to seek the blessing of Baba Balak Nath whose image is located in the cave.
Shahtalai, 46 km from the the district headquarters of
Hamirpur and accessible by
road, is about 10 km from Deothsidh.