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Himachal was known since the earliest of times as "Devabhoomi", the abode of the Gods. The splendid heights of the Himalayan ranges, with its great scenic beauty and aura of spiritual calm seem the natural home of the Gods. Two thousands or more temples all over the State, reiterate this fact. Being a State full of isolated valleys and high ranges, several different styles of temple architecture developed and there are temples with carved stone Shikharas, pagoda style shrines, temples that look like Buddhist Gompas or Sikh Gurudwaras etc. Several of them are important places of pilgrimage and each year attract thousands of devotees from all over the country.

 
Hindu Pilgrimage in Himachal Pradesh
 

Baijnath
Baijnath is close to Palampur and Kangra. The ancient Baijnath temple is particularly beautiful. Built of stone in the 9th century AD, in the shikhara style, it is a fine blend of sculpture and architecture. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Bajreshwari Temple
Just outside the town of Kangra is the temple dedicated to Bajreshwari Devi. Known once for its legendary wealth this temple was raided by various 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.

Jwalamukhi Temple
Jwalamukhi temple is 30 km. from Kangra. This is a 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

Baijnath Temple Himachal

September-October every year, colorful fairs are held during the Navratra celebration.

Chamunda Devi Temple
Chamunda Devi Temple is located in Dharamshala (Kangra). It is an enchanting spot with glorious views of the mountains, the Baner Khud, Pathiar and Lahla forest.

Lakshmi Narayan 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.

Chaurasi 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.

Chattari Temples

Not far from Bharmaur (Chamba) is the Chattari Temple with early examples of carved wood and an 8th century brass image of Shakti.

Mani Mahesh

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 Chamba 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

In 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. This place is visited by people of three faiths.

Prashar Temple

Prashar 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 spectacular.

Shikari Devi

It is possible to trek up to Shikari Devi from Janjheli and Karsog (Mandi). Through the forests 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 unsuccessful.

Raghunathji Temple

Raghunathji Temple was built in 1651 by the Raja of Kullu. The 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.

Bijli Mahadev Temple

Bijli Mahadev Temple is an unusual temple dedicated to Shiva, the Lord of lightning. This temple is located on a height overlooking the Kullu and Parvati valleys. A 60 feet staff above the temple attracts divine blessing in the form of lightning and breaks the stone linga in the sanctum.

Dhoongri Temple

Dhoongri Temple or Hadimba Temple stands sheltered in grove of tall deodar at Manali (Kullu). This four tiered pagoda temple, is embellished in finely carved wood. It is dedicated to Hadimba Devi, wife of the Pandava, Bhim.

Bhimkali Temple

Bhimkali Temple is a marvelous example of hill architecture. The temple complex at Sarahan is 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 Lakshmi.

Hatkoti

Along the River Pabbar, in Hatkoti, about 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

Jakhu and Sankat Mochan temples, which are close to Shimla offers a commanding views of the hills.

Naina Devi Temple

Naina Devi Temple is located on a hill, close to Bilaspur and Kiratpur (34 km). A colourful fair, the Shravana Astami Mela is held in July-August.

Chintpurni

A popular place of pilgrimage, Chintpurni is about 75 km from the town of Una and 100 km from Jalandhar. A winding road goes up to the temple dedicated to Bhagwati Chinmastika or Chinpurni - the goddess who grants all wishes.

Renuka

The Renuka temple, dedicated to the immortal Renuka, stands near the picturesque Renuka Lake in Sirmour.

Trilokpur

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

Baba Balak Nath Temple is a cave temple located in Deothsidth, in the Dhaulagiri Hills of Hamirpur. This is a noted place of pilgrimage. People come here to seek the blessing of Baba Balak Nath whose image is located in the cave.

 
 
 
 
 

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