Bharmour

Bharmour stands out as the home of legendary Gaddies, additionally it is known as Gadderan. Also known as Brahmpur during the 6th century, was the seat of power of Chamba state for some 400 years till AD 920, when a new capital was set up at Chamba by Raja Sahil Varman. Bharmour is located at an altitude of 2195 meters within the Budhil valley, 65 kms from Chamba. Bharmour is recognized for its natural splendor and also for its ancient temples. Most of the temples are assumed to date from 10th century. Bharmour is referred to as a Home of Shiva because there are a number of temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in in close proximity areas.

Chaurasia Temple is centrally based within the Bharmour town and it retains tremendous spiritual significance. The name of the temple comes after the 84 shrines built up inside the periphery of Chaurasia Temple. The stunning shikhara of Manimahesh temple dominates the square. A huge sculpture of Nandi in polished brass stands ahead of the temple. It’s considered that when 84 Siddhas were passing by this location to Manimahesh, they fell adore with the quietness with this place and reconciled to meditate here.

There is another legend associated with Chaurasi temple complex. It is believed that shortly after Sahil Varman’s accession of Brahampura (ancient name of Bharmour), 84 yogis visited this place. They were greatly pleased with the King’s hospitality. As King had no heir, Yogis promised him ten sons. They were requested by the King to stay back in Brahampura till the prediction of Yogis was fulfilled. In due course of time the king was blessed with ten sons and a daughter. Daughter was named Champavati and because of liking of Champavati new capital Chamba was established. It is believed that Chaurasi temple complex in Bharmour was built to honour these 84 Yogis and named Chaurasi after them. There are 84 big and small temples in Chaurasi temple complex.

The oldest temples in the complex are those of Lakshna Devi and Ganesh. Both these temples are made in the hill style with gable roofs and rubble masonry. The outer facade, the inner facade of sanctum, circum ambulatory path and the ceiling are exquisitely carved. The idol of Lakshna Devi in her incarnation as Mahisasurmardini is magnificent.
The tallest temple in the whole complex is of Manimahesh built in Shikhara style of architecture. The temple has a Shivalingam on a raised platform. The other temple in Shikhara style is of Nar Singh. Lord Vishnu in his avtar as Nar Singh has been cast vividly. There is a bronze Nandi of life size which stands facing the Manimahesh temple. Inscriptions on the pedestal of the bull and on the idols of Lakshna Devi and Ganesh date back to the reign of Raja Meru Varman. These idols are believed to be the work of master craftsman Gugga. There is a small water source called Ardh Ganda in a corner of the temple complex. Bathing in its water is considered religiously significant. The country around Bharmour is regarded as belonging to Shiva and is sometimes called Shiv-Bhumi. Being the home of nomadic shepherds Gaddies it is also called Gadderan.
Just 4 kms above Chaurasi temples is the hill temple of Bharmani Devi.

Best Time To Visit Bharmour

The best time to visit  is from May to October as the region receives heavy snowfall during winters.

How To Reach

By Air:

The nearest airport  is Gaggal Airport situated in Kangra District. The distance from Gaggal Airport to Bharmour is 85kms.

By Rail:

The nearest broad gauge railhead  is located in Pathankot at a distance of 163kms. The nearest narrow gauge railway station  is situated in Kangra at a distance of 83kms.

By Road:

It is well connected by motorable roads with major towns of Himachal Pradesh like Chamba, Kangra, Dharamshala, Dalhousie etc. It is situated 65kms from the town of Chamba.

Tourist Attraction

Kugti

Kugti is the last inhabited village  and it is situated near Kugti Pass . The famous Keylong Wazir Temple is just 2km away from Kugti. The trekking path affords splendid views of coniferous forests and snow laden Himalayas.

Hadsar in Bharmour

Hadsar is a picturesque spot from where the trek of 14km to Manimahesh Lake commences. Hadsar is situated 17kms  at an elevation of 2317mts above sea level. The place is flooded by tourists during Manimahesh Yatra.

Manimahesh Lake

Every year thousands of devotees visit this sacred place dedicated to Lord Shiva.. At an elevation of 4080mts above sea level Manimahesh Lake offers invigorating view of the reflection of Manimahesh Kailash peak.

Dhanchho

Dhanchho is the mid-point of the trek to Manimahesh. Dhanchho is perched at an elevation of 2,440mts above sea level at a distance of 24kms . A 17km drive from Bharmour to Hadsar and then trek of 7km from Hadsar to the scenic Dhanchoo. Dhanchho waterfall is perfect place for picnicking.

Bharmour