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The Religious Side of Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh has countless number of pilgrimage centers and temples exceeding more than two thousand! Himachal Pradesh is an abode of pristine nature and along with a very religious place. Visiting Himachal is a devotee’s delight. Every hill and village boasts of proudly hosting Hindu temples and shrines. Himachal Pradesh celebrates many ancient mythological episodes and history is embodied in many of the temples glorious works of architecture. Himachal receives thousands of tourists visiting the religious temples every year.

Some of the famous temples are mentioned below:

Naina Devi Temple: It is said that Sati’s (Parvati) eye dropped in the place of Naina Devi Yatra temple. This is located at a distance of 65 km from the Bilaspur District. It is one of the 51 Shakti Peeths. During the Shravan Ashtami a huge fair is celebrated every year.

Jwalamukhi Temple: This temple is situated at a distance of 10 km from Nadaun. Jawalamukhi means the opening of flames. It is believed that Sati’s (tongue) fell here. The temple was erected to wrship goddess Jwalamukhi. There are also other significant temples like Gorakh Dibbi, Chaturbhuj temple etc.

Baijnath Temple:This temple sits in the Mandi- Palampur road. The temple boasts of Nagari patterned architecture. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Lingam conserved here is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of India.

Chamunda Mata Temple: This temple is situated at a distance of 20 km from Kangra. There is also a ghat and tiny temples around the bridge that joins the ghat. In the nearby Dhauladhar hills, lies the place where Bhagwati Chamunda, as the belief goes, conquered the evil Chand and Mund.

Bajreswari Temple: This temple is based in the Kangra town. This temple faced damage from foreign invaders and also from an earthquake. But it was later restored to its immaculate glory. While in Kangra town you can trek up to Jyanti Devi Temple.

Masroor Rock Temple: This temple is based on Nagrota Surian link road. This temple is a series of 15 rock cut temples, which glorify the Indo-Aryan architecture. It is believed that the temple was primarily dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Kathgarh Temple: This temple is situated in Kangra district and is 7 km away from Indora. This temple is enshrined with a 6 ft long and 5 ft round unique ‘Shivalinga’.

Lakshmi Narayan Temple: This temple is based on the Chamba district. It is said that the temple was built during the rule of King Sahil Verman. Within the compound you will find temples dedicated to Radha Krishna, Chandra Sekhar Mahadeva, Gauri Shankar, Trayambaseswar and Laxmi Damodara.

Chaurasi Temples of Bharmpur: This necklace of temples is situated in the Chamba district. The compound consists of temple of Lakshana Devi, Ganesha, Manimahesh and Narashingha. This temple was constructed in the 9th century. The distance from Chamba to Bhrampur is 65 km.

Hadimba Temple: This temple is located in Manali. This temple is dedicated to goddess Durga. During Dussehra festival time the deity is carried to Kullu to visit lord Raghunathji. Other important Temples of Himachal are, Bijli Mahadev Temple, Rewalsar, Prashar Temple, Bhima Kali Temple, Hatkoti Temple.