Himachal Pradesh is a beautiful hill state located in the lap of the mighty Himalayas . The state of Himachal is the land of Gods and Goddesses, thus is known as “Devbhoomi”. It is a place with diverse cultures and peaceful atmosphere. Himachal is a land of different festivals, fairs, and temples which offer you the best of nature. Himachal Pradesh is blessed with wonderful locations which act as a perfect place to spend your Holidays. It is due to the presence of so many temples Himachal has earned the name of “DEVBHOOMI HIMACHAL”.
Hadimba Devi Temple, Manali:
The famous Hadimba Devi Temple is devoted to the wife of Bhima, the Pandava.The temple is associated with the legend of the Epic Mahabharata, as Bhima and Hadimba spent a year after their marriage. The temple was built during the 16th Century by the local people in respect to Hadimba.The temple is amongst the main attractions of the famous hill station, Manali. It is also known as Dhoongri Temple as it is located inside the dhoongri forest. The temple is located just 2.5 Kilometers away from Manali.
Jakhoo Temple, Shimla:
Jakhoo temple is an ancient temple in Shimla dedicated to Lord Hanuman. According to the legend, Lord Hanuman stopped there to rest while he was searching for Sanjeevni Booti to revive Lakshmana during the Battle with Ravana. The place is of high religious importance as the devotees visit the temple in large numbers. The temple is located at an altitude of 2455 meters and is about 2 kilometers from the ridge. A giant 108 feet high idol of Lord Hanuman was unveiled at Jakhoo Temple in 2010.
Bijli Mahadev Temple, Kullu:
Bijli Mahadev is one of the sacred temples of Himachal Pradesh dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is located at an altitude of about 2500 meters in the Kullu Valley. According to the popular mythological stories, the high staff in the temple draws the lightning to it and destroys the Shivalinga which is however rejoined by the priests with the help of Butter. It is one of the excellent temples of Kullu valley and is just 10kms away from Kullu town. The beautiful scenic view of Kullu and Parvati Valley can be seen from the temple. One can approach the temple by a small trek of about 3 km.
Kali Bari Temple, Shimla:
Kali Bari temple is one of the ancient temples of Shimla, built in 1845. The temple is dedicated to the fearsome incarnation of Goddess Kali, known as Shyamala Devi. In the temple, the wooden image of Goddess Kali is worshiped in the form of Shyamala Devi. The shrine is believed to be established by the Bengali devotees. Kali Bari temple is one of the popular shrines of the town and is visited by a huge number of devotees during Navratri and Durga Puja. The temple is located in the close vicinity to The Shimla Mall road and can be reached by foot.
Shoolini Mata Temple, Solan:
Shoolini temple is one of the most famous temples of Solan as the name Solan is derived from Shoolini itself. The main attraction of Shoolini temple is the fair which is held during the month of June. The temple can be reached by foot as it located near Solan Bus stand. The shrine is dedicated to shoolini mata- an incarnation of Goddess Durga.
Jawalaji Temple, Kangra:
Jawalaji temple is amongst major Maa Bhagwati Temples and shaktipeeth temples in India. It is considered amongst Seven Major Shaktipeeth of Maa Sati in North India. This is the place where Maa Sati`s tongue had fallen. At Jawalaji temple Goddess Bhagwati is present in the form of a Pawan Jyoti instead of a regular form of Pindi. The temple is located in Jwalamukhi town of Kangra District and is about 2 hours drive from Kangra Bus stand.
Shikari Devi Temple, Mandi:
Shikari Devi Temple is located in Karsog Valley of Himachal Pradesh. It is surrounded by beautiful view of Pine, Deodar, and apple orchards. The Shikari Devi temple is located on the hill top which can be accessed by a difficult trek from Jhanjehli and Karsog Valley. According to legends, the temple is said to be established by the Pandavas. A fair is held every year in the month of June.
Bhimakali Temple, Sarahan:
Bhimakali temple is located in Sarahan village of District Shimla and is dedicated to Goddess Bhimakali the presiding deity of the rulers of Bushehr. The temple is considered amongst one of 51 shaktipeethas. The town of Sarahan is considered as the Gateway to Kinnaur. The temple has a very unusual architecture and has beautiful wooden carvings. The Goddess Bhimakali is worshiped as the mother of Bhim, the Pandava. The temple is located at a distance of about 180 kilometers from the Capital City of Shimla.
Hateshwari Temple, Rohru:
Hateshwari Temple is a very famous temple located adjoining the Town of Rohru. The temple consists of the main temple dedicated to Goddess Durga and a small temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Hateshwari Goddess is regarded as the most powerful goddess in the region. The temple is located on the right bank of Pabber River and one can easily see the Rice paddy fields on the both sides of the river. It is at a distance of about 100 kilometers from the Capital city of Himachal Pradesh.
This is just a short overview of some of the famous temples in Himachal Pradesh. Stay updated for the next post which will feature some more famous temples of Devbhoomi Himachal.