Temples of Himachal Pradesh
There are a number of pilgrimage destinations and Hindu temples situated in Himachal Pradesh. More than two thousand temples are in Himachal Pradesh. All the Temples are also outstanding works of architecture. From the ancient time the temples holds the status of the cultural center of the region wherever it is situated. All the way people of the state are bound to these symbols either with their devotional bounding or by the impact of temple for their earning of livelihood. As far as the tourism point of view the temples are the centers of attraction for the tourists and visitors. Many of them are also associated with ancient legends and mythological character.
Naina Devi Temple:-
Naina Devi or Naina Mata Temple is one of the most famous Hindu Temple in Himachal Pradesh. It is among the Shakti Peeths of India. The Naina Devi temple is in the district of Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh. There is a famous legend according the Hindu vaidic literature that is associated with Naina Devi in Himachal Pradesh. Hindus and Sikhs both religion followers visits here to get blessing of the Goddess.
According to the Hindu legend from “Purana”, Sati burnt herself alive to avenge an insult to Lord Shiva. But Lord Shiva furious with anger and sorrow, lifts the body of Sati and started his “gyrating dance”(Tandva Nritya in the Puranas). To stop Lord Shiva for the horrifying dance, which is said as the Pralaya Dance for universe and to save the world from his anger, Lord Vishnu then decided to stop him. Lord Vishnu, with the help of his Sudarshan Chakra, cut the corpse of Sati into pieces which were fifty one. Thus wherever the pieces of Sati’s body fell was from then known as a Shakti Peeth(As Sati known as Shakti too). There are fifty one Shakti Peeths on earth. And these Shakti Peeths are considered to be very sacred for the pilgrims.
It is believed, according to the myths, that the eyes of Sati fell at the place where the Naina Devi temple in Himachal Pradesh is built. The word Naina is related with the eye of the Sati. Among the Temples in Himachal Pradesh, this sacred temple is visited most is Himachal. Bhakhra Dam and Govind Sagar Lake are the nearby places.
Jawalamukhi Temple :-
Jawalamukhi or Jwalaji temple is one of the most popular Temples in Himachal. According to vaidic legend, the tongue of Mata Sati fell where the temple is being made. The Hindu Temple is built in homage to goddess Jawalamukhi, also known as Jwala mata Ji. The meaning of Jawalamukhi is mouth of flames and Jwala Ji means fire flames.
The temple of Jawalamukhi in Himachal Pradesh is situated only at a distance of 34 km from the Kangra town. The devotees of Shakti believe that there are nine flames that burn permanently. The Jawalamukhi temple has thus become a religious place as it is considered to be a Peeth.
Mata Chintpurni & Chamunda Devi:-
The temples of Mata Chintpurni & Chamunda Devi are located in Himachal. These Religious Places are visited by a number of devotees and tourists. Both the temples are very commonly visited. These Temples in Himachal, are ancient ones and are associated with myths from Hindu legends.
The temple of Mata Chintpurni is dedicated to Mata Chintpurni or mata Chhinnamastika Devi. It is located in the Una district. The deity has derived such a name from the idol of goddess Durga in the temple, which is without a head.This temple is related with the myth of Sati Mata.
The temple of Chamunda Devi is located 8 km away from Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh. According to the Hindu legends, the trunk of Sati had fallen in this place.
Hateshwari Mata Temple Hatkoti
Hatkoti is believed as a meeting place of three local rivulets. The temple is located along side of the river Pabbar. The temple is devoted to Goddess Mata Hateshwary.The temple made of pagoda shape and is believed to be built by the legendry Mahabharat hero’s Pandavas.
The temple is been preserved by the archeological survey of India. The Goddess is believed as one of most powerful Mata of North India, and is treated both by the tourists and pilgrims as a frequently visiting place.
Bheema Kali Temple Sarahan:-
The finest design of wood of its kind, Shri Sarahan Bhima Kali Temple is the major monument that is not duplicated else in the other hill states.The rulars of former Bushaher deity this temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhimakali Mata.
The place Sarahan was in earlier times known as Shonitpur. Sarahan state rulars are Banasur at the time of Mahabharat age then Pradyumn taken over the stae and the deity was ruled by the predecessor of Pradyumn till independence.
Baijnath & Laxmi Narayan Temple
The Baijnath temple is situated in the Bias valley of Himachal Pradesh. It is a temple that had been devoted to Siva Vaidyanatha meaning the Lord of the physicians. The architecture of the temple of Baijnath is mesmerizing. It stands out from all the other temples in the locality.
The Laxmi Narayan Temple is one of the oldest temples and also the largest one, situated in the Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh. There are six temples that are located in the complex of the Laxmi Narayan Temple. These six temples are located from north to south. They are dedicated to Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. Some of the temples located in the complex are the Shiva temple, Gauri Shankar temple and Radha Krishna.
Bijli Mahadev temple
Bijli Mahadev temple in Kullu valley is another temple of lord Shiva situated at an altitude of 2438 meter. This beautiful temple is in very lovely location having a magnificent views of Kullu valley. The temple is treated by Shiva devotees as one of the most sacred place.
The Hidimba Mata temple is devoted for Devi Didimba, the wife of Bheem one of the Pandavas in Mahabharat. The sister of demon Hidimb was killed by Bheem and married to him. After their marriage Ghatotkachh, a hero of the Mahabharat epic taken birth. Hidimba mata is treated as goddess and is great devotion to the goddess by the devotees.
The Renukaji Temple is one of the major Hindu temples in the state of Himachal Pradesh. It is an important pilgrimage site in the Sirmour district of the state. The principal shrine at Renuka which is also known as the ‘Math’ was built in 1814 by the Gorkha raiders. The shrine is home to a stunning deity of Goddess Renuka Devi.
Shree Kalu Naag Devta
This temple situated at Bharana village District Shimla Himachal. The temple is devoted to Shree Kalu Naag Devta , the disciple of Guru Gorakhnath the emissary of Shaiv creed to the North India . A local legend is famous that the Kalu named brahmchari and a shepherd, once with some of reasons take renunciation from his social life and takes initiation of Guru Gorkhnath and became Brahmrshi. After long austerity the Brahmrishi Kalu attained divinity and incarnated as Naag Devta. The branches of the temples are at Naagjubbad and Jadoon village too.
The village Bharana has now become a hindu shrine as the 18 Bhagwat puranas are accomplished here. The temple committee has barred the sacrifice system long before the decision of the honorable High Court. The simple living people of Bharana region has cherished the very old puja system named “ghadasan” which is in the dilect “Shabar veda” .Nearby holy places are Tikkar Kali Mata Peak and Shali Mata peak where is Navratras pilgrims comes with great credo or devotion.The nearby villages are Karana, Gadahkufri, Matiana and Dharampur (Madhan).
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