Hindu temples Of Himachal Pradesh

Baba Baroh

Baba Baroh is a tehsil in Kangra district, India is recognized for a temple made of white marble to Radha Krishan and the Goddess Durga. This temple is well-known for the largest amount of white marble used for any temple in Himachal Pradesh. Baba Baroh is located 23 km away from Kangra. In this temple there is an idol of Goddess Durga made of metal.

Baijnath Temple

The Baijnath Temple is located in Himachal Pradesh, India, and is over 1,000 years old.

Bhalei Mata Temple

Bhalei Mata Temple is the temple of Bhader kali widely known as Sri Bhalei Mata. It is located on a dazzling spur 3800 feet high at a place called Bhalei, which is now a Sub-Tehsil headquarters. It is about 25 km away from Salooni Tehsil headquarters. We can approach the temple either from Chamba or from Dalhousie and it is at a distance of 40 kilometers from Chamba and 35 kilometers from Dalhousie. The sanctity is in the frontal of an image of black stone of two feet height and is enshrined in the sanctum sanctorum of the temple. Bhadar Kali draws a large number of pilgrims from far and wide. An immense havana ceremony is performed during navratras of Ashwin and Chait months. Mythology has a fact that the temple of Bhadar Kali was built originally by Raja Pratap Singh during his reign. He was a religiously disposed king and has to his credit construction, repair and renovation of many temples in the district. The legend i idol came to Raja Partap Singh’s dream and told him that she was lying hidden in a place called Bhran about three kilometres away from the present site of temple. The idol asked the Raja to bring her from Bhran and erect a suitable temple for her. The Raja with his officials went to the Bhran and discovered the image. The Raja and his team were very happy becuase they had already decided to construct a temple for the idol in Chamba town. So they started their journey back. On the way back they thought to rest for sometime at Bhalei and when they restarted their journey, the bearers could not lift the palanquin of the idol in which she was being taken to Chamba. A Brahman from Kilod village was invited to construe this peculiar incident. The Brahaman construed that the deity did not want to go to Chamba, rather she desired her temple to be hoisted at the site. According to another belief, the people of this area were not happy regarding the idea of the idol being taken to Chamba, so they requested the Raja to construct the temple at Bhalei. Whatever be the precendences, the temple was built at Bhalei by Raja Partap Singh and later renovated by Raja Sri Singh. Recently a lot of renovation work has been carried out. Statue of Bhader Kali was unfortunately stolen in the year 1973 by antique thieves but happily recovered at Chohra near the present dam site. It is believed that the image of the idol seems to be perspiring since that event.

Bhimakali Temple

Shri Bhima Kali Temple located at Sarahan in Himachal Pradesh in India, dedicated to the mother goddess Bhimakali, presiding idol of the rulers of former Bushahr State. The temple is 180 kilometer away from Shimla and it is one of 51 Shakti Peethass. The town Sarahan is known as the gate way of Kinnaur. Down below at a distance of 7 km from Sarahan is the River Satluj. Sarahan is identified with the  Sonitpur mentioned in Puranas.

Legend about Bhimakali

According to the legend, the demonstration of the goddess is reported to the Daksha-Yajna incident when the ear of the Sati fell at this place and became a place of worship as a Pitha - Sthan. Presently in the form of a virgin the icon of this eternal goddess is sanctified at the top storey of the new building. Below that storey the goddess as Parvati, the daughter of Himalaya is enshrined as a divine consort of Lord Siva. The temple complex has another three temples dedicated to Lord Raghunathji, Narsinghji and Patal Bhairva Ji (Lankra Veer) - the guardian deity.

History

Sarahan was the capital of rulers of former Bushahr State. Bushahr dynasty earlier used to control the state from Kamroo. The capital of state later was moved to Sonitpur. Later Raja Ram Singh made Rampur as the capital. It is believed that the country of Kinnaur was the Kailash mentioned in Puranas, the abode of Shiva. With its capital at Sonitpur this former princely state was protracted up to entire area ofKinnaur where sometimes Lord Shiva disguised himself as Kirata. Today,  Sonitpur is known as Sarahan. Banasura, the ardent devotee of Lord Siva, eldest among the one hundred sons of great ablative demon King Bali and the great grandson of Vishnu votary Prahlad, during the Puranic age was the ruler of this princely state.

Bijli Mahadev

Bijli Mahadev is one of the sacred temples of the Indian states,Himachal Pradesh. It is located at an altitude of about 2,438 m in the Kullu Valley. Bijli Mahadev is one of the finest temple in India. The temple is Located 10 km away from Kullu across the Beas river, it can be approached by a rewarding trek of 3 km.
A panoramic view of Kullu and Paravati valleys can be seen from the temple. The 60 feet high staff of Bijli Mahadev temple twinkles like a silver needle in the sun.
In this temple of lightning it is said that the tall staff attracts the divine blessings in the form of lightning. It is believed that the priest of the temple has to restore the Shiva linga placed inside the temple using butter and sattoo after every lightning as it shatters to pieces with flash of lightning.

How to reach there ?

One can reach Kullu first and then get a bus from the bus stand for Bijli Mahadev the bus is till the nearby Chansari village. Otherwise one can book a private cab from the Kullu taxi stand near bus stand and can travel to the place. One has to mount the stairs from Chansari, the distance is about 3 km uphill.
The road is now protracted to more than 5 km which curtails the stairs mounting to one half. By personal vehicle or cab we can reach the village named Halleni.

Chintpurni

Chintpurni is a place of pilgrimage and one of the Shakti Peethas in India. The Chintpurni shakti peeth (Chhinnamastika shakti peeth) is located in Una district Himachal Pradesh state, surrounded by the western Himalaya in the north and east in the smaller Shiwalik (or Shivalik) range bordered by the Punjab state. The Chintpurni Shakti Peeth is dedicated to the temple of Chinnamastika Devi or Chinnamasta Devi. Chhinnamasta or Chinnamastika temple is one of the 7th major and 51 total Shakti Peethas. Here, Chhinnamasta is interpreted as the severed-headed one as well as the foreheaded-one.

Ancient Origin

When Lord Vishnu chopped the body of Sati into 51 pieces so that Lord Shiva would calm down and stop his Tandava, the pieces were scattered over various places in the Indian subcontinent. It is believed that parts of Sati’s feet fell at this place and it is considered as one of the most important of the 51 Shakti Peethas.
The goddess resident in Chintpurni is also known by the name of Chhinnamastika. According to Markandeya Purana, goddess Chandi defeated the demons after a fierce battle but two of her yogini emanations (Jaya and Vijaya) were still thirsty for more blood. Goddess Chandi cut off her own head to quench Jaya and Vijaya’s thirst for more blood.
She is usually shown holding her own severed head in her hand, drinking one stream of blood spurting from the arteries in her neck, while at her side are two naked yoginis, each of them whom drinks another stream of blood.
Chhinnamasta, the headless goddess, is the Great Cosmic Power who helps the sincere and devoted yogi to dissolve his or her mind, including all the preconceived ideas, attachments and habits into the Pure Divine Consciousness. Chopping off the head suggests the separation of the mind from the body, that is the freedom of the consciousness from the material confines of the physical body.
According to Puranic traditions, Chhinnamastika Devi will be protected by Shiva - Rudra Mahadev in the four directions. There are four Shiva temples - Kaleshwar Mahadev in the east, Narayhana Mahadev in the west, Muchkund Mahadev in the north and Shiva Bari in the south - which are nearly equidistant from Chintpurni. This also confirms Chintpurni as the abode of Chhinnamastika Devi.
The Chintpurni Temple as a Shakti Peeth
The Chinna Mastika Devi is a divine embodiment of self-sacrifice and there by the Chintpurni shri is considered as a Shakti Peetha. The mythology of Daksha yaga and Sati's self immolation is the mythology liked to the Shakti Peethas. Shakti Peethas are holy shrines of Shakti associated with a mythology that says about the falling of body parts of the corpse of Sati Devi, when Lord Shiva carried it and amble in sorrow. There are 51 Shakti Peeth associated with the 51 alphabets in Sanskrit. It is believed that Sati Devi's feet fell here.

About the Temple

The temple devoted to Mata Chintpurni Devi which is located in District Una of Himachal Pradesh. Mata Chintpurni Devi is also known as Mata Shri
Chhinnamastika Devi.
Devotees have been visiting this Shaktipeeth for centuries to pray near the lotus feet of Mata Shri Chhinnamastika Devi
Devotees bring with them all their secular burdens and seek blessings from the Devi.
It is believed that all our dreams come true if we visit once there in a life.
Apart from the holy shrine, the place is full of picturesque surroundings. Some of the fair places for sight seeing, private and out side activities are placed in and around Chintpurni. Chintpurni is very well linked through roads and marvellous hotels around chintpurni and dharamsala erected in and around chintpurni,Tourists will not have to face any issues regarding accommodation. People can visit temples and they can come for holiday trips with great enthusiasm and can have a wonderful time and memories.

History

Pandit Mai Das, a Saraswat Brahman, believed to have the shrine of Mata Chintpurni Devi entrenched in Chhaproh village in the ancient times. By the time of eponymous deity this place is known as Chintpurni . His descendants still live in Chintpurni they do prayers and puja at the Chintpurni temple. These descendants are the authoritative priests at the Temple.

Hindu Records

Hindu pilgrimage and marriage testimonials are kept at this holy place. The Genealogical Society (GSU) of Utah, USA has microfilmed Hindu pilgrimage testimonials for Haridwar and several other Hindu pilgrimage centres. Priests (pandits) located at each site would record the name, date, home-town and purpose of visit for each pilgrim. These records are organized according to family and ancestral home. The assets by GSU include Haridwar, Kurukshetra, Pehowa, Chintpurni, Jawalapur and Jawalamukhi.

Offering prayers

Visiting timings of temple are 4 am-11 pm.
Devotees contributes for the Devi like Sweets (e.g. suji halwa, laddoo, barfi), kheer (sugar-coated puffed rice), patasha, coconut (or other fruits), chunni, dhwaja (red-coloured flag), flowers and ghee are few contributions made by devotees. Devotees can bring the prasad from home or it can be bought from outside.
In the mid-way of the temple is the temple garbha griha. The icon of Mata Chintpurni Devi is equipped here in the form of a pindi (a round stone). Devotees stand in a line for blessings and they do prayers, offerings to Devi.
This became a habit for devotees that, after the holy visit of Goddess,they get their images snapped by the skillful photographers in the Temple complex. The glimpse of the Chintpurni town and the far flung scenic contours can be gratified from the patio of the temple. Devotees make their glorious memories by snapping pictures.

Location and travel information

Chintpurni is located at an altitude of 940 metres and is part of Una district, Himachal Pradesh. The temple is located on one of the highest peaks of the Sola Singhi range of hills. It is about 3 km west of Bharwain which is located on the Hoshiarpur - Dharmashala road. This is a part of State Highway and it is maintained in good manner all the year. Private vehicles are usually not allowed beyond the Chintpurni bus stand which is about 1.5 km from the Temple. People should walk distance of 1.5 km. About half of this distance is inclined and people should pass through busy market to reach temple. Visiting timings of temple are from 4am-11 pm.

Weather

Spring : lasts from mid-February to mid-April. The winter starts losing its bite around mid-February.
Summer :lasts from Mid-April to end of June. It is hot in summer and bright cotton clothes are recommended
. Rainy season :lasts from July - September. Absolutely warm and humid. Excessive rainfall.
Autumn : lasts from October - November. Days are pleasantly warm, nights are cool. It is preffered that light woollens at night or early mornings.
Winter: lasts from December - January. Absolutely pleasant during the day and preferred to have one layer of woollens. The winter nights are very cool and it is required to have extra layer of woollens.
In general, temperature in Chintpurni is about 5 degrees lower than in the Punjab,Haryana plains and Delhi. In 2012 there was a very cool climate and the places were totally covered of snowfall, such climate is recorded after a period of 52 years, which caused to road jams.

Accommodation

The Navaratra fairs in Aashadh (July), Ashwin (October) and Chaitra (March–April) are very popular with devotees when accommodation is very tight. Other prominent days are Sankranti, Purnima and Ashtami. There are a number of dharamshalas, guest houses and hotels of varying quality in and around Chintpurni. Himachal Tourism runs Hotel Chintpurni Heights (formerly Yatri Niwas) at Bharwain which is only 3 km from the Chintpurni temple. It has a magnificent view of the Swan valley to the south. At night to the west we can see the luminous lights of the Temple andmarket place. Looking towards the northeast are the shimmering waters of the Pong Dam lake. There are abounding hotels to stopover starting from lowcost to high class.On the way to Maa Chintpurni from Gagret hotels and picnic spots starts and there are enoughnumber of choices for staying and dining.

How to reach

There are abounding ways to reach Chintpurni from Delhi and other places in northern part of India.
By Road: From Delhi: Delhi - Chandigarh - Ropar - Nangal - Una - Amb- Mubarikpur - Thaneek Pura - Bharwain - Chintpurni
From Jalandhar: Jalandhar - Hoshiarpur - Gagret -Mubarikpur - Thaneek Pura - Bharwain - Chintpurni
By Bus: Delhi, Haryana, Punjab and Himachal State Transport coporations provide bus facility to passengers from Delhi-Chandigarh-Chintpurni route. Buses running on the Delhi-Chandigarh-Dharamshala and Delhi-Chandigarh-Palampur route halts at either Bharwain or Chintpurni bus stand. Very oftenly State Transport bus services are also available from cities like Punjab, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, and Delhi, etc.
By Train: There are many trainsif we want to travel Chintpurni. We can find buses and taxies often from railway stations which are adjacent to chintpurni. The nearby railway station is Amb Andaura (station code AADR), which is about 20 km from the Chintpurni temple. Other stations which are nearby are Una Himachal (station code UHL) at 50 km and Hoshiarpur (station code HSX) at 42 km.

The following are available trains for comfort journey: Himachal Express (14553): Daily, Delhi to Amb Andaura, Himachal Pradesh. Starts from Old Delhi railway station at 11.30 pm and reaches Amb Andaura station at 8 am.
Jan Shatabadi (12057): Daily, Delhi to Una Himachal. Starts from New Delhi railway station at 3 pm and reaches Una at 10 pm.
DMU Shuttle Train Service (74992): Daily, Ambala to Amb Andaura via Nangal Dam and Una.

By Air: Nearest airport is at Gaggal in Dharmshala, which is in Kangra district. Distance to Chintpurni is about 60 km. Indian Airlines fly to Dharmshala via Chandigarh. Kingfisher Airlines, Indigo, Go Air also provide flights to Dharmshala, though you may need to verify with these service providers. Other airports are at Amritsar (160 km) and Chandigarh (150 km).

Distance calculations


Delhi - Chandigarh - Ropar - Nangal - Una - Mubarakpur - Bharwain - Chintpurni : 420 km
Chandigarh - Ropar - Nangal - Una - Mubarakpur - Bharwain - Chintpurni : 150 km
Jalandhar - Hoshiarpur - Gagret - Bharwain - Chintpurni : 90 km
Hoshiarpur - Gagret - Bharwain - Chintpurni : 42 km
Kangra - Jwalaji - Bharwain - Chintpurni : 55 km
Naina Devi - Nangal - Una - Mubarakpur - Bharwain - Chintpurni : 115 km
Vaishno Devi - Jammu - Pathankot - Kangra - Bharwain - Chintpurni : 250 km


Nearby places of interest

Thaneek Pura: Thaneek Pura is about 3 km from the Chintpurni Shrine. Apart from its scenic beauty, Thaneek Pura is known for its temples like Guga Zahar Peer Temple, Radha-Krishna Temple, Mahiya Sidh Temple.
Visitors can watch an ancient and unique deep well that goes down approximately 60 stairs and a main well further down. Thaneek Pura is also famous for a fair which is an annual event starting consecutively on a day of Krishna Janamashtmi and coincides with Guga Navami celebrations. A grand Yajna and Bhandaara is also organized which is one of the largest of its kind. A wrestling competition is also a part of this fair that is attended by all the famous wrestlers of Himachal, Punjab and other nearby states. This fair continues for three days. Krishna Janamashtami and Shivaratri are also big religious events in Thaneek Pura.
For picnic freaks, visitors will visit the Chintpurni Temple, the Chaat Bazar of Thaneek Pura in Chintpurni is a big attraction. This place is also famous as Chaat Wala Mod and visitors can enjoy the famous spicy mix fruitas chaat as well as it is a very scenic place. The view from this place is awe-inspiring with beautiful Swan Valley in sight and a huge spread of pine tree forest on Shivalik Hills. It's a favourite hangout for visitors from nearby states and other tourists.
Dharmsal Mahantan The place is situated 5 km from chintpurni where Baba Nakodar Das Gaddi, spiritual place., is very famous. visitors from Punjab and Himachal Pradesh visit here. Two annual fairs named Sair and Bsoaa in local language are held with great joy. This place is very near to the Sheetla Devi temple in Chintpurni. Dharmsal Mahantan is also famous for its temples like Dodha Zahar Peer Temple, Radha-Krishna Temple, Godadi Sidh Temple. An ancient well called Pap Khandan is also popular where the water comes from the Ganges river.
Sheetla Devi temple : This temple is located near Dharamsala Mahantan about 5 km west of Chintpurni. A winding, single lane road leads you there from Chintpurni.
Chamunda Devi Temple : Temple of Chamunda Devi is situated on the right bank of Baner river in Kangra district, Himachal Pradesh. The famous Temple is connected with Dharamshala - Palampur National Highway.
Jwalamukhi Devi temple : Goddess Jwalamukhi is the idol of the flaming mouth. The temple is built over natural jets of combustible gas, believed to be the manifestation of goddess. About 35 km northeast from Chintpurni mata.Pilgrims usually travel to Jwala ji after having darshan at chintpurni ji. It is believed not to carry Chintpurni mata prasad to Jwala ji mata.
Baba Balak Nath Sidhpeeth - Deot Sidh
Located in Hamirpur district, this shrine to Baba Balak Nath is visited by hundreds of thousands of people every year. Guru Adi Nath, who started the Siddha tradition, is believed to be an incarnation of Lord Shiva.
Kaleshwar: This temple of God Shiva is situated at a distance of 5 km on the Nadaun- Sujanpur road it meets Beas river and Kunah Khad. This temple is about more than 400 years old. In the month of ‘Baishakh’ ( May–June), during the mela large number of devotees visit this place to have a glimpse of Shivling. According to the ancient grape-vine, the construction of this temple was started by the ‘Pandavas’ of ‘Mahabharata’ fame with the help of Vishva-Karma in the night during their secret exile. But the construction of the temple was abandon by ‘Pandavas’ as they were spotted by the local people. Later on, this temple was constructed by the King of Katoch dynasty. This pilgrimage place is considered as sacred as Haridwar in Uttarakhand. The people who are unable to visit Haridwar, immerse the mortal remains of their relatives, in the sacred water of this place.

Hidimba Devi Temple

Hidimdi Devi Temple, also known as the Hadimdi Temple which identified the female as di in Dimasa Kachari word,Hidimdi Devi is related to Dimasa Kachari living in North East India, who is the son of the soil of Nagaland,is located in Manāli,a hill station in the State of Himāchal Pradesh in north India. It is an ancient cave temple devoted to Hidimdi Devi, sister of Hidimba,who was a character in the Indian epic, Mahābhārata.The temple is ringed by a cedar forest at the foot of the Himālayas. The sanctum is built over a huge rock cutting out of the ground, which was worshipped as an image of the idol. The structure was built in 1553. The most surprising element of the temple is the fact that inside the temple there is imprint of the feet of the Goddess carved on a block of stone is worshipped and if you go to Google Satellite and zoom into the area where the temple is located, visitors can clearly see the imprint of a giant foot spanning across the valley in the area near the temple.
The Hadimba devi temple is build around a cave where devi Hadimba did mediatation "tapasya". Hadimba devi has lived with her brotherat this place. Hadimb was not aware about their parents. Born in the Rakshas family Hadimba vowed to marry one who would defeat his brother hadimb later supposed to be very brave and fearless. During Pandav's exile when they visited Manali Bhima one of the five pandva's killed Hadimb, thus hadimba marring Bhima and they gave birth to a son Ghatotkacha

Design

The Hidimdi Devi Temple has intricately carved wooden doors and a 24 meters tall wooden "shikhar" or tower above the sanctuary. The tower consists of three square roofs covered with timber tiles and a fourth brass cone-shaped roof at the top. The earth goddess Durga forms the theme of the main door carvings. The temple base is made out of whitewashed, mud-covered stonework. An enormous rock occupies the inside of the temple, only a 7.5 cm (3 inch) tall brass image representing goddess Hidimdi Devi. A rope hangs down in front of the rock,and according to a legend,in bygone days religious zealots would tie the hands of "sinners" by the rope and then swing them against the rock.
About 70 metres away from the temple,there is a shrine dedicated to Goddess Hidimdi's son, Ghatotkacha who was born after she married Bhima. A Mahabharat narration The Indian epic Mahabharata narrates that Pāndavas stayed in Himachal during their exile. In Manali, a strongest person named Hidimba,a brother of Hidimdi, attacked them, and in the consequent fight,Bhima,the strongest Pandav, killed him. Bhima and Hidimba's sister, Hidimdi, then got married and had a son,named Ghatotkacha, (who later proved to be a great warrior in the war against Kauravas).When Bhima and his brothers returned from exile, Hidimdi did not accompany him,but stayed back and did tapasyā (a combination of meditation, prayer, and penance) so as to eventually attain the status of a goddess.

Jakhoo

Jakhoo Temple is an ancient temple in Shimla, this temple is devoted to Hindu idol, Hanuman.
It is located on Jakhoo Hill, 2.5 km /1.3 miles east from the Ridge, Shimla at a height of 2,455 m (8,000 feet) above sea level. Shimla's highest peak offers a panoramic view of the Shivalik Ranges and the town of Sanjauli.
An ancient "Lord Hanuman" temple is there and every year a huge festival is celebrated on Dushera . visitors can visit the temple on foot (a steep climb) from Ridge (path behind the church) or can engage taxi or pony/horse.

The legend

One legend goes that Lord Hanuman stopped there to rest while he was pennetrating for the Sanjivni Booti to revive Lakshman in the Epic Ramayana.when visitors visit the temple the offcials of the temple intimate visitors about their personal belongings to be kept safely and beware of the monkeys, which are surrounded around the temple . This is appropriate as the temple is in honour of the Monkey Lord. Visitors must leave shoes outside of the temple (in the "shoe house") before entering the temple.
Near by temple there are numerous eateries . Local visitors clangour the bell for fluke before making the descent back into Shimla.

In Media

9 Jakhoo Hill, is a play set in a home in 1950's Jakhoo Hill, directed by Sunit Tandon. World's tallest statue of Lord Hanuman was unveiled to society by Abhishek Bachchan on November 5th 2010.

Jwala Ji

Jwala Ji is a Hindu Goddess. Alternative names for Jwala Ji includeJvala Ji, Jwala Devi and Jwalamukhi Ji. Historically, shrines dedicated to Jwala Ji were based on fissures from which natural gas seeped by itself. The number of flames is usually either seven (for the seven divine sisters) or nine (for the nine Durgas. Several schools of Buddhism also share the symbolism of a seven-forked sacred flame.

Jwala Ji of Kangra

Jai Jwala Maa The best known Jwala Ji shrine is located in the lower Himalayas in Jawalamukhi town of the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh state of India, it is about 55 kilometers from the town of Dharamsala. The temple style is typically of Jwala Ji shrines, four cornered, with a small dome on the top and a square central pit of hollowed stone inside where the particular flame burns forever. An annual fair is held in the environs of the temple on every July/August months during Navratras.
The temple has an central library of ancient Hindu texts, many of them were translated from Sanskrit into Persian at the orders of Firuz Shah Tughlaq when the Delhi Sultanate overran the Kangra area. According to the legend, when Sati's body was divided into 51 parts, Sati Mata's tongue fell here. The flames/ Jyotis are the representation of the same. Some say that Sati's clothes fell here. When they fell they were on fire. The fire hasn't blew off.

Jwalaji (flame) or Jwala Mukhi (flame mouth) is probably the most ancient temple discussed here besides Vaishno Devi. It is mentioned in the Mahabharata and other scriptures. There is a natural cave where eternal flames continue to burn. Some say there are seven or nine flames for the seven divine sisters or the nine Durgas. It is here that Sati's tongue fell which can now be seen in the nature of flame.

The Legend

A cowboy found that one of his cow was always without milk. He followed the cow to find out the cause. He saw a forthcoming girl from the forest, and drinks the cows milk, and then vanishes in a flash of light. The cowboy approached the king and explained the king about the scenario. The king was aware of the legend that Sati's tongue had fell in this area. The king tried, without success, to find that sacred spot. Again, some years later, the cowboy went to the king to report that he had seen a flame burning in the mountains. The king found the spot and had sight (vision) of the holy flame. He constructed a temple there and arranged for priests to enguage in regular worship. It is believed that the Pandavas came later and renovated the temple. It was Dhyanu Bhagat who spread Devi Mata's name. He lived at the time of the Mughal Emperor Akbar. Dhyanu Bhagat was passing through Delhi with a group of pilgrams on their way to Jwalaji. Akbar summoned him to his court to inquire into the nature of their Goddess. Dhyanu Bhagat told him She’s all powerful and answers the prayers of Her devotees.
To test Her power Akbar cut off the head of Dhyanu's horse instructing him to have the Goddess put it back. Dhyanu went to Jwalaji and prayed day and night to no avail. Out of desperation he cut of his own head and offered it to Devi Mata. She then appeared to him on a lion. She joined his head as well as horse’s. Devi Ma also offered Dhyanu Bhagat a boon. He requested that it should not be so difficult for piligrams to show their devotion. Mata said that in future if someone offer a coconut she would accept it very happily as if they had offered their own head. To this day people continue to offer coconuts to the Goddess in Her temples all over the world.Jwala mata is Kuldevi of Bhatiya (now lives in Gujarat).

Jwala Mai of Muktinath

The "eternal flame" at the Jwala Ji shrine in the village of Muktinath is located at an altitude of 3,710 meters at the foot of the Thorong La mountain pass in the Mustang district of Nepal. There is a small amount of natural gas present in the Himalayan spring that emerges near the shrine which gives the appearance of the fire burning on the water itself. This shrine is usually called the Jwala Mai (Jwala Mother) temple, and is sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists.

Atashgah of Baku

The Baku Atashgah is a fire-temple in Surakhani, a suburb of Baku in Azerbaijan. Historically, some Hindu pilgrims have referred to it as the Baku Jwala Ji. Given that fire is considered extremely sacred in both Hinduism and Zoroastrianism (as Agni and Atar respectively), and the two faiths share some elements (such as Yajna and Yasna) from a common proto-Indo-Iranian precursor religion, there has been debate on whether the Atashgah was originally a Hindu site or a Zoroastrian one.
The presence of several Hindu inscriptions in Sanskrit and Punjabi (as opposed to only one in Persian, encounters with dozens of Hindus at the shrine or en route in the regions between North India and Baku, and assessments of its Hindu-character by Parsi dasturs have led to many scholars and officials deciding that it is a Jwala temple. There were local claims made to a visiting Parsi Dastur in the early twentieth century that the Russian czar Alexander III had also witnessed Hindu fire prayer rituals at this location.

Maa Bhangayani Temple, Haripurdhar

Maa Bhangayani is a God sister of Shirgul Maharaj.Maa Bhangayani is a most powerful Devi in Sirmour.

Accommodation

The rooms are provided in the temple's bounds with good facilities. visitors can also rest in government rest house as well as a hotels at Haripurdhar. If someone aspires to relish snowfall, then November to January is a perfect span of time to visit.

Approach to temple

The Maa Bhangayani Temple is about a distance of 140km from Shimla via Solan, Rajgarh it takes nearly 7 hours from this way. The road is narrow and not preferred during rainy season. Another way to reach this temple about 220km form Shimla via Chaupal, it takes 12 hours from this way. The temple is also connected to Nahan via Sangrah.

Maa Simsa temple

Maa Simsa Mandir or Simsa Mata Mandir is a Hindu temple located in the Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh, India. The temple is dedicated to the Sharada Devi. It is located in the Simsa village, 30 km from the Baijnath town. The temple iswell known among the people of the Kangra and Mandi district during the Navratri.

Manikaran

Manikaran is located in the Parvati Valley betwixt the rivers Beas and Parvati, northeast of Bhuntar in the Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh. It is at an altitude of 1760 m and is located about 45 km away from Kullu. This small town attracts tourists visiting Manali and Kullu to its hot springs and pilgrim centres. An experimental geothermal energy plant has also been established here.
Manikaran is a pilgrimage centre for Hindus and Sikhs. The Hindus believe that Manu recreated human life in Manikaran after the flood, making it a sacred area. It has many temples and a gurudwara. There are temples of the Hindu idols Rama, Krishna, and Vishnu. The area is well known for its hot springs and its beautiful landscape.
According to legend, when the Hindu God Shiva and his consort Parvati were walking in the valley, Parvati dropped one of her earrings. The jewel was seized by Shesha, the serpent idol, who then vanished into the earth with it. Shesha only submitted the jewel when Shiva performed the cosmic dance, the Tandava and shot the jewel up through the water. Apparently, jewels continued to be thrown up in the waters at Manikaran until the earthquake of 1905.

Hindu belief

The legend of Manikaran states that while roaming around, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, once chanced upon a place that was covered by mountains and was lush green. Enamoured by the beauty of the place, they decided to spend some time there. It is believed that they actually spent eleven hundred years here.
During their stay here, Goddess Parvati lost her mani in the waters of a stream. Upset over the loss, she asked Shiva to retrieve it. Lord Shiva commanded his attendant to find out the mani for Parvati, however, when they failed, he was tereribly angry. He opened his third eye, a tremendously inauspicious event which led to incoviniences in the universe. An appeal was made before the serpent god, Sheshnag, to pacify Lord Shiva. Sheshnag hissed thereby giving rise to a flow of boiling water. The water spread over the entire area resulting in the emergence of precious stones of the type Goddess Parvati had lost. Finally Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati were happy .
According to the Sikhs, during third Udasi, his founder Guru Nanak came to this place in 15 Asu 1574 Bikrami with his disciple Bhai Mardana. Mardana felt hungry and they had no foodto have. Nanak sent Mardana to collect food from the langar (the Community Kitchen). Many people donated atta (flour) to make Roti(bread). The issue was,that there was no fire to cook the food. Nanak asked Mardana to lift a stone and he complied and a hot spring appeared. As directed by Nanak, Mardana put the rolled chappatis in the spring to his despair the chappatis sank. Nanak then told him to pray to God saying that if his chappatis float back then he would donate one chappati on behalf of him. When he prayed all the chappatis started floating duly baked. Nanak said that anyone who donates on the behalf of God, his drowned items float back.

The name Manikaran is derived from this legend. The water is still hot and is considered immensly auspicious. A pilgrimage to this place is thought of as complete. It is also believed that there is no need to pay a visit to Kashi after visiting this place. The water of the spring is also supposed to have curative powers. The water is hot so,that rice can be cooked in it. The Hindu Temples at Manikaran

Lord Ramchandra Temple

The temple was constructed by Raja Jagat Singh in the 17th century. Though there is no historical evidence backing, still the idol of Shri Ram installed here is believed to have been brought straight from.

Temple of Lord Shiva

This temple is hugely revered as it belongs to Lord Shiva. However, an earthquake in 1905 caused damage to the temple and it was slightly tilted. The importance of Manikaran is also judged from the fact that devtas of Kullu valley pay regular visit to this place on specified dates.

Mata Kuan Rani Temple

The Mata Kuan Rani Temple, or 'Princess of the Well Temple', is situated near the bank of the Beas River in the town of Mandi, Himachal Pradesh, India.

Description and History

The slate-roofed temple over a deep well is devoted to the 'Princess of the Well' and celebrates the situation when, according to legend, PrincessMandarava (man da ra ba me tog), the Princess of Zahor (or Sahor), who is usually identified with Mandi, though some scholars place it in eastern India), became a consort of Padmasambhava (Tibetan: Guru Rinpoche).
Mandarava, the daughter of King Arshadhara and Queen Mohauki, is to be blessed with a prodigy and an 'Awareness Dakini' (yes-shes mkha'-'gro) and was very beautiful. She refused all offers of marriage and feeded her father with the flesh of a Brahmin (a terrible offence), left the palace, and took on the robes of a beggar. She was ordained by the famous Buddhist scholar Śāntarakṣita, who is also said to have been a native of Zahor, and came to terms with her father who provided a palace for her meditation. When Padmasambhava came to Zahor from Orgyen, she fell for him and became his disciple. The king became incensed and condemned,both fo them to death in a fire which raged for seven days. When the smog cleared away there was a lake with a lotus in it, Rewalsar (Tibetan: Tso Pema or 'Lotus Lake'), which is about 24 km from away Mandi. This convinced the king of the wisdom and power of Padmasambhava and he requested teachings from him and gave his daughter permission to pursue her religious destiny.
The temple is sacred to both Tibetan Buddhists and Hindus, and was commonly visited by Tibetan pilgrims and traders before the invasion of Tibet by the Chinese when the borders were closed with India.

Naina Devi

The Temple of Shri Naina Devi Ji is situated on a hilltop in the Bilaspur Distt. of Himachal Pradesh in India. It was built by a Gurjar Shepherd. The temple is joined with National Highway No. 21. Visitors can reach the temple by road (that curves round the hill up to a certain place) and then by concrete steps (that takes to the top of the temple). There is a cable car transport facility provided by the officials of the temple for piligrms they can travel from base of the hill to the top.
The hills of Naina Devi overlook the Gobind Sagar lake. The lake was conceived by  Bhakra-Nangal Dam.

Trilokinath Temple at Tunde

The Trilokonath Temple at Tunde village 6 km south of the left bank of the Chaṅdrābhāgā or Chenab River, and about 9 km away from the village of Udaipur, is in the Lahul and Spiti District of Himachal Pradesh, India, is sacred to both Tibetan Buddhists and Hindus. The glittering white-painted temple is situated on a cliff where the village street is terminated. The altitude is 2,760 metres (9,055 ft). Name
'Trilokonath' is one of the well-known name of the Hindu god, Shiva, stands for the "Lord of the Three Worlds". but local culture clearly relates that it was originally a Buddhist vihara or monastery, although nothing remains of the original building.

History

There is apparently nothing left of the original temple structure, but there is a strong belief in people that Trilokinath was originally a Buddhist vihara. The temple had a marble statue of a six-headed Avalokiteshvara which was stolen decades ago and replaced with a crude image of grey stone, and later with the present six-armed white marble Avalokiteshvara is attributed by some to the 12th century. It is revered as Avalokiteshvara by Buddhists and as Shiva by Hindus and is crowned with an image of Amitabha Buddha - the 'Buddha of Boundless Light.'
The original image is said to have been coeval with the Avalokiteshvara head found near the confluence of the Chandra and Bhaga rivers and is now housed at the Guru Ghantal or Gandhola Monastery. This head has been claimed to date to the time of Nagarjuna (2nd century CE) which may indicate some connection with the famous Kanika (Kanishka) stupa at Sani Monastery in nearby Zangskar. Handa, though, says both these images can be dated on stylistic grounds to around the 8th century or a century earlier.
Hutchinson and Vogel speculate that it was originally a Shiva temple but was made into a Buddhist place of worship by Padmasambhava in the 8th century. They believe that the "Guru Ghantal white marble head is of the same workmanship as the Triloknath image, and both are of the same Boddhisatva."
A tradition, that a Kulu Raja reached Triloknath and tried to carry off the idol, but he was defeated in the attempt, as the stone turned into weighty,that it could not be moved. There is a imprint on the right leg of the marble figure, which resulted from a sword blow by a Kulu soldier of the time.
The original temple columns date from the time of King Lalitaditya in the 9th century CE. There is a granite shiv-ling and small Nandi (bull) representing Shiva in the patio and huge Bhuddist prayer wheels while the ancient wooden pagoda-style temple is decorated with Tibetan prayer flags. Both Hindus and Buddhists celebrate the three-day Pauri Festival here in August.
Typical of the style introduced in the region during the 7th to 8th centuries, this temple consists of a curvilinear stone tower shikhara crowned with the characteristic amalka (imitating a segmented gourd). Unlike the temples on the plains there is no pillared hall mandapa in the hill temples perhaps due to the lack of clear ground. A silver idol of Kali as Mahishasurmardini was equipped by Thakur Himpala in 1959-60.

Trilokpur

Trilokpur  is a place which is on an isolated hillock about 24 km south-west of Nahan, 77-15’ north and 30’30’ east, at an elevation of about 430 m. The place is famous for its temple of renowned goddess Bala Sundri.
The name TrilokPur states that there are three Shakti Temples in the area, each depicts different faces of Goddess Durga. The central temple is located at TrilokPur. Trilokpur is the Temple of Bhagwati Tripur Bala Sundry which depicts a bountiful childhood image of Goddess Durga. Another ‘Shakti Temple’ devoted to Bhagwati Lalita Devi depicts another image of Goddess Durga, is situated on a hillock located at a distance of three K.M. in front of the central temple of Bhagwati Bala Sundri. The third famous ‘Shakti temple’ of ‘Tripur Bhairavi’ is situated at a distance of 13 K.M. north west of Bala Sundri temple.

History

The temple was built by Raja Dip Parkash in 1573.Legend Speaks of the devi's "pindi" (a sacred stone, regarded as a symbol of the goddess) that was identified by local trader in a bag of salt.
As per legend Maa Balasundari jee was identified in the year 1573 at Trilokpur in a bag of salt delivered from Devban ( UP) by a provincial shopkeeper Sh Ram Dass. They said vendor kept on trading salt from the bag all the day but the commodity did not exhaust and the bag hovered filled as if nothing had been taken out from there. He was taken by the miracle while he was asleep Goddess appeared in his dream and recited the incidence of her disappearance from Devban(UP) and guided to construct a Temple to establish her PINDI swaroop, which was previously available inside the bag of salt and also guided to worship on the name of Mahamaya Balasundari – an infant state of Goddess Vaishno Devi . Lala Ram Dass was not wealthy to construct the temple, thus he determined to approach the ruler of Sirmour state although he is inconvient then agreed and constructed a temple for the establishment of the Divine PINDI of Mata Balasundari jee at Trilokpur. The king invited few artisans from Jaipur [Rajastan] in 1570AD and a bountifull marble temple devoted to Goddess Tripur Bala Sundri established by 1573 AD. It is pertinent to mention here that at Devband in Uttar Pradesh also there was a glorious ancient temple of Bhagwati Bala Sundri. After the temple was finished the worship of Goddess Bala Sundri became belief in then Royal family. The temple was renovated by Maharaja Fateh Prakash in 1823 and by Maharaja Raghubir Prakash in 1851. The temple is an example of exquisite artistry and is an amalgam of Indo-Persian styles of architecture.
Every year over 32 lacs of devotees visit shrine of Bhagwati Bala Sundri. The traditional Poojari of the Bhagwati belongs to the business community and Vaish by cast, it is another unique aspect of this glorious Shakti Peeth of North India. Right since temple’s inception, the descendants of Lala Ram Das have been operating the fundamental pooja’s there.
At present the temple is organized by Temple trust the Deputy Commissioner Sirmour is handling all the requirements of the temple. The Temple Trust had executed several developmental works in Trilok Pur village during past three decades. During this Navratri fair,huge security arrangements were being made by observing the situation and threat to the famous religious places.

Dhyanu Bhagt Temple

The visit to Shrine Trilokpur is not considered to be fulfilled,if visitors do not visit the temple of Dhyanu Bhagt. Dhyanu Bhagt's Temple is in starting when we reach Trilokpur. The culture of visiting Dhyanu Bhagt before Mata BalaSundari is followed by the pilgrims for years.

Shiva Mandir

After Dhyanu bhagt's Temple there is a temple of lord Shiva. It is one of the glorious temple, which is situated in the centre of a big pond. The temple is well known for its bountify.

Lalita Mata Temple

The entrance to Lalita Mata temple is situated on the road to central temple. Pilgrims often visit this temple which is enjoyable and walk able distance.

Transportation facilities

A path joints it with the Nahan-Kala Amb Road at Sainwala, nearly 9.6 km below Nahan. We can go from the place between Kala Amb and Trilokpur which is at a distance of 6.4 km. Buses oftenly runs from Nahan to this place via Kala Amb. On the occasions of navratri we can have direct bus services of Haryana roadways from Ambala cantt, Yamunanagar, Naraingarh. Visitors can reach by their own riskalso like taxi,car,mototrcycle. From Yamuna Nagar through Sadhoura,Kala Amb (encountering famous IITT college in passage) in about 2 hours. Trilokpur is well known for the religious importance.It is believed that this place is the childhood place of Maa Vaishno Devi. The temple of the goddess Mahamaya Bala Sundri is acclaimed and attracts lakhs of pilgrims from all over Northern India. An paramount fair is held at Trilokpur twice a year (in the month of Chaitra and Ashvina) on sudi ashtmi to chaudas (from the 8th to the 14th of the bright half). In the meanwhile there will be so many visitors visiting but a mammoth gathering is seen on ashtmi and chaudas viz. the first and the final days. The mela in Chaitra grabs attentiveness of the more visitors people than in Ashvina. During this period a large number of devotees visit this temple and pay their respects to the goddess.

Vajreshvari

The Shree Vajreshwari Devi Mandir is a Hindu temple devoted to the goddess Vajreshvari, located in the town Nagarkot, in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, India.

Location

The temple of Vajreshvari is located in the town of Nagarkot, Kangra district, Himachal Pradesh, India and is 11 km away from the nearest railway station of Kangra. The Kangra Fort is situated on a mou ntain near Chamunda Devi temple, is 16 km away from Nagarkot.

Legends

The initial deity of the temple, Vajreshvari (vajreśvari), also signified by Vajreshvari, also known as Vajrábái and Vajrayogini, is considered an incarnation of goddess Parvati or Aadi-Maya on earth. Her name precisely means "the lady of the Vajra (thunderbolt)". There are two legends about the goddess' origins, both associated with the Vajra.
Thousands of years ago, a Rakshasa (demon) named Kalikala or Kalikut troubled the sages and humans in the region of Vadvali and waged a war against gods. The gods and sages headed by Vashishta performed the Chandi yajna, contributing to Goddess, to please her. An "aahuti" (contribution of ghee in yajna) was not granted to Indra (king of devas). Enraged, Indra hurled his Vajra - one of most powerful weapons in Hindu mythology- at the yajna. The scared gods and sages prayed to the Goddess to save them. The Goddess appeared in all her glory at the site and gobbled the Vajra and humbled Indra and wiped out the demons. Rama requested the Goddess to stay in the region of Nagarkot and signified as Vajreshvari. Thus, the Vajreshvari temple was established in this region. Another legend says that Indra and other devas approached goddess Parvati and requested her to dispatch the demon Kalikala. Goddess Parvati assured that she would confirm her presence at their aid at correct time and controlled them to battle with demon. In the battle, Kalikala swallowed or broke all weapons thrown at him and ruined all their plans. Finally, Indra threw the Vajra at the demon, which Kalikala broke into pieces and from the Vajra, emerged the Goddess, who destroyed the demon. The devas extolled her as Vajreshwari and constructed a temple for her.
Another legend concludes that after Goddess Sati sacrificed herself in the honor of Lord Shiva in her Fathers Yagya. Shiva placed her body on his shoulder and started Tandav. In order to stop him from dismantling the world Lord Vishnu divided the body of Sati into 52 parts with his Chakra. The left breast of Sati fell at this spot, thus making it a Shakti Peeth.

History

The original temple was built by the Pandavas at the time of Mahabharatha. Legend concludes that one day Goddess Durgaappered in pandavas dream then she stated that she is placed in the Nagarkot village and if they want themselves to be secure they should make a temple for her in that area otherwise they will be destroyed by goddess. Then at night they made a magnificent temple for her in the Nagarkot village. This temple was abductedmany times by the Muslim invaders. Md Gaznavi abducted this temple at least 5 times, in the past it is the combination of tonnes of gold and many ghantas made of pure silver. In 1905 the temple was dsimanled by a powerful earthquake and was subsequently reconstructed by the government.

Temple structure

The main gate entrance has a Nagarkhana or drum house and is built similar to the Bassein fort entrance. The temple is also surrounded by a wall made up of stone like a fort.

Inside the main area Goddess Vajreshvari is present in the form of Pindi. The templ has a small icon of Bhairav. In front of the main temple an idol of Dhayanu Bhagat is also present. He had offered his head to the Goddess at the time of Akbar. The present structure has three tombs in it, which is unique in itself.

Festivals celebrated in temple

people celebrates Navaratri once from the first day of fortnight of waxing moon of the Hindu month of Chaitra (March) to the ninth day of Ram Navami and then from the first day of the bright half of the Hindu month of Ashvin (October) to the 10th day Vijayadashami.
A huge fair in honour of Goddess Vajreshwari is held on Amavasya (new moon day) in the month of Chaitra. The fair commences on the 14th day of fortnight of waning moon of the month with ceremonial worship of the Goddess. On Amavasya at night, lamps are admired. On the next day, the first day of Hindu month Vaisakha, the ceremonial procession with a Palkhi (palanquin) carrying an icon of the goddess, is taken out.
The temple contributes and celebrates other festivals lord Shiva is  worshipped in Hindu month of Shravana; Kojagiri Poornima - full moon day of Hindu month Ashvin; Diwali (festival of lights); Holi (festival of colours);Datta Jayanti (birthday of the deity Datta); Hanuman Jayanti (birthday of monkey god Hanuman) and Godhadebuwa Jayanti (birthday of the saint Godhadebuwa).

Administration

The temple is addressed under government of India.
Other temples of the goddess Vajreshwari
A small shrine at Gunj and Katai in Wada taluka, Maharashtra, where the temple initially was.
Vajreshwari temple, Kangra, Himachal Pradesh: A Shakti Peetha, where goddess Sati’s body was splitted (first spouse of Shiva, who was reborn as Parvati - Shiva's nominally second wife).
Vajreshwari Temple, Chamba, Himachal Pradesh

Rock Cut Temple, Masroor

The British territories came under the British Crown after Queen Victoria's proclamation of 1858. The places of Chamba, Mandi and Bilaspur made good improvement in many streams during the British rule. During World War I, virtually all rulers of the hill places remained loyal and contributed to the British war effort, both in the form of men and materials. Among these were the states of Kangra, Jaswan, Datarpur, Guler, Nurpur,Chamba, Suket, Mandi and Bilaspur.