Temples In Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh, which is often called as “Devabhoomi” – the Land of the Gods”. Almost every village in Himachal Pradesh has its own deity who sees to the well being of his people. There are more than two thousands temples all over the State. Almost every temple has some kind of fair or festival connected with it.

There are several 8th to 10th- century temples with carved stone shikhar style In the Kangra and Chamba valleys. Pagoda style temple are found in the Kullu Valley. There are many temples of purely local design, often with interesting woodcarvings, particularly in the Chamba region.

Shakti Peeths

Shakti is the daughter of Daksa and Prasuti, and the wife of Shiva. Daksa once decided to hold a great sacrifice to which he invited neither his daughter nor son-in-law. Shakti was offended by this slight and attended the sacrifice uninvited. There she was insulted by Daksa and, thus humiliated, she took her life. On hearing this news, her husband Shiva hastened to the house of Daksa, disrupted the sacrifice, killed Daksa, and claimed the body of his wife. Inconsolable at his loss, he placed Shakti’s body on his shoulder and began a mad dance through the universe. His dance threatened to destroy all creation and the gods became distraught at this prospect and appealed to Lord Vishnu for help. Then Vishnu unleashed his Chakra and cut the Sati’s body into 51 pieces to save the earth from Shiva’s wrath. All the fifty one places – where parts of Sati’s body fell, became known as Shakti Peeths. In Himachal, her tongue is said to have fallen at Jwalamukhi, her eyes at Naina Devi, her breasts at Kangra and her feet at Chintpurni.

The Route to visit the shaktipeeths: Naina Devi-Chintpurni ji-Jwalamukhi ji-Bajreshwari Devi-Chamunda ji. Naina Devi is near to Anandpur Sahib, Chintpurni is 105 km from Naina Devi, Jwala Devi ji is 34 km from Chintpurni, Bajreshwari Devi is 35 km from Jwala ji and Chamunda ji is 24 km from Kangra.

Naina Devi Temple

Naina Devi temple is one of the most important Shakti Peeths is situated in Bilaspur district of Himachal Pradesh. It is believed that at this place both the eyes of devi sati had fallen. Raja Bir Chand got this temple constructed in the 8th century. During the reign of the Raja Bir Chand, Naina, an Ahir, used to rear cattle on the flat summit of a hill above Jand Bhari. He observed that his cows were voluntarily dropping milk upon a white stone. He informed the king of the event. The latter went to the place and found a beautiful image of goddess Durga, close to the stone. A temple was then built by the king and dedicated to the Goddess Bhagwati ( Durga). and is called Naina Devi today.

It is about 1219 Mt. height from sea level. The temple of Naina Devi is situated on the top of a triangular hill commanding and unparalleled view of the Holy Anandpur Sahib Gurudwara on one side and Gobindsagar on other.

The Goddess Naina Devi is worshipped as a single self born pindi. There is another pindi of Ganesha and a third established by the Pandavas.

Devotees in great number visit this place during Navratras and on Ashtami (Eight Day ) of the month of July-August. A big fair during Shravan Ashtami is held in July-August every year are held here. For night stay, rest houses and sarais are available.
Recently connected with ropeway, the temple is around 65 km from Bilaspur and about 18-km from Anandpur Sahib.

Chintpurni Temple

Situated at the altitude of 940 meters, the temple dedicated to Mata Chintpurni Devi, is located in a village of the same name in District Una The idol of Chhina Mastaka, the killer of the demon Nishumbha, is in the Chintpurni Temple. Chintpurni Temple is one of the fifty-one Shakti Peeths in India (Shakti feet have fallen at Chintpurni) There is a garbha griha at the centre of the main temple . The name of the temple (Chintpurni) literally means a remover of troubles and worries. It is believed that if you ask something from the Devi with a true heart, your wish will be fulfilled.

The main fair at the temple is held in July and August named as the Sawan Ashtami Fair. It is a ten day affair that begins on the first Sawan Navaratra. A large number of pilgrims and devotees participate in this fair bringing their worldly concerns with them and seek blessings from the goddess.

The closest railhead is at Hoshiarpur in Punjab 43 km away. From Jwalamukhi, the distance is 35 km. Taxis and buses are available at both places

Jwalamukhi Temple

Jwala Mukhi is probably the most ancient temple. Jwalamukhi is famous temple of Kangra valley of the goddess Jwalamukhi with flaming mouth. Jwalamukhi is one of the 51 Shakti Peeths. temples. It is here that Sati’s tongue fell and are worshipped as Jwalamukhi Devi. In the centre, the goddess is manifested as tiny flames that burn through the fissures in the age old rock This one is regarded as the mouth of the Mahakali. It is believed that the there are nine permanent flames that have been burning here without any oil or cotton since ages and represent the different form of the goddess. There are two lions in front of the temple.

Across the courtyard is Devi’s bed chamber and there is no Idol inside the temple.

Raja Bhumi Chandra, the ruler of the area had the original temple built. The great Mughal emperor Akbar visited the temple and amazed at the continuity of these flames. He tried to douse of these flames. He tried a lot of methods for this but in vain. Finally, he submitted to the power of the goddess. He went to the shrine bare footed and presented a golden umbrella for the goddess. But the goddess denied this offering and the Chhatra turned into copper. Maharaja Ranjit Singh of Punjab also paid a visit to the temple in the year 1809. The dome was built by Maharaja Ranjit Singh

The temple was managed by the raja of Naduan who. himself appointed the temple priest. Government has taken over the temple The pujaris is now appointed and paid by the Government. A part of the money collected by the temple is used to improve the facilities for the visiting pilgrims.

The main attraction of the temple is the Aarti session, which is performed five times a day. The first aarti known as the Mangal aarti is performed at around 5 in the morning. The second aarti is performed at the time of sunrise and is called Panjupchaar Pujan. The third aarti at around midnoon is called Bhog Ki Aarti. The evening (fourth) aarti at around 7 pm is simply called aarti while the fifth aarti the last one at around 10 pm is known as the Shaiyan ki aarti is unique. The bed of the Goddesses is piled up with rich dresses decorated with precious ornaments. These are then covered with heavy silken sheets and the hall is sealed. Come morning the cover sheets are lifted the bed lies ruffled and the ornaments displaced. It seems like the bed has been slept in.

Jwalamukhi’s other shrines are the Ashtabhuja, the Shri Raghunathji Temple – popularly known as ‘Teda Mandir’, for it stands at a tilt after the earthquake of 1905 and the Nagni Mata Temple. Within short driving distance are Chaumukha, the temple complex at Panj-Teerthi and Mahakaleshwar (Kalesar), and the temple of Baglamata at Bankhandi.

During March-April and September-October every year, colorful fairs are held during the Navratra celebration.

30 kms south of Kangra valley in the lap of Shivalik range and 56 kms from Dharamshala.
Jwalamukhi’s other shrines

Nagini Mata

The site of a fair held in July / August, this is located on the hill above Jwalaji.

Shri Raghunathji Temple

Popularly known as Teda mandir for it stands at a tilt after the earthquake of 1905. The first temple is supposed to have been built by the Pandavas.

Ashtabhuja Temple

This ancient temple has stone image of the eight-armed goddess.


Closely connected with the glory of Kangra erstwhile rulers, there are numerous old temples and remains of a couple of old palaces.

Chaumukha (22 Km Via Nadaun)

There is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva with a huge four faced image.

Panj Teerthi And Mahakaleshwar (9 Km And 28 Km Via Nadaun)

By the banks of the river Beas and closely associated with the exile of the Pandavas are these two sacred places. These are within a few hundred meters of each other.


At the Bagulamukhi Mata temple is a stone image of the goddess. At the nearby Shiv temple is a Linga said to have been placed by the Pandavas.


There are numerous attractive temples and an old fort.

Narvdeshwar Temple

Narvdeshwar Temple is situated in the Sujanpur Tira (Hamirpur District). It was got built by the chief queen of Maharaja Sansar Chand. Beautiful pictures pertaining to Ramayana, Mahabharta & Bhagwat Puran and also of wild animals and birds has been drawn. The temple has been constructed in the open ground. There are small temples constructed around the main temple of Sun, Durga, Ganesh, Laxmi Naryana and Mahisasur Mardini. The temple is over two hundred years old built in Bhitti style.

Bil-Kaleshwar Temple

This temple of God Shiva is situated at a distance of 5 km on the Nadaun- Sujanpur road at the meeting place of 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. This pilgrimage place is considered as sacred as Haridwar in Uttaranchal. The people who are unable to visit Haridwar, immerse the mortal remains of their relatives, in the sacred water of this place.

Bajreshwari Temple

Brajeshwari Devi temple at Kangra is one of the most famous Shakti Peeths in the Kangra valley. The breasts of Shakti have fallen at Kangra

The Brajeshwari Devi Temple was once known for its great wealth was invaded several times. Mahmud of Ghazni was the first of these raider who carried away the treasures in the year 1009 AD. The temple was destroyed and a mosque came up in its place.

It was rebuilt by a Katoch King in 1043. Firoz Shah Tughlaq was the next one to ransack the temple. Later, great Mughal emperor Akbar visited this temple along with his deewan, Todar Mal. The emperor contributed a lot to restore the temple to its former grandeur. In 1905 the temple was destroyed by the earthquake. The present temple’s shikhar and two domes were built in 1920 drawing inspirations from Hindu, Muslim and the Sikh architectural styles. Around the main shrines are the temples of Tara Devi and Bhairon.

Chamunda Devi Temple

Chamunda temple famous temple of goddess Chamunda Devi (Chamunda Nandikeshwar Dham) is located in the village of Dadh, 15 kms from Dharamshala on the right bank of river Baner Khud. The Chamunda Devi Temple is said to be more than 700 years old. Due to its utterly sacred importance, the main deity of the temple is wrapped by a red cloth and is not accessible to the visitors. There is a cave-like scoop located at the back of the temple, representing the stone lingam.

Shumbh and Nisumbh, two demons tried to harass the goddess Ambika. Enraged, Ambika knitted her brows and from the folds a horrifying from of Kali emerged. Maa Kali assassinated two general Chanda and Munda of demon kings Shumbh and Nisumbh. The name of the. It is their name that gave Goddess Kali the name of Chamunda . Delighted by Kali’s achievement, Ambika declared that she would now be worshipped here as Chamunda a combination of the demons names. Chamunda Devi temple is at height of 1000m.

It is also said about the location that it was earlier located at a remote place which was difficult to access. However, with the permission of Goddess Kali,a new temple could be built at the current location.

This place also has a beautiful bathing ghat and a small temple across the bridge joining the ghat. There are ample arrangements to stay in the temple sarai and the rest house at Dadh.

The temple complex also has a handicrafts centre containing items of the wood carvings, wooden toys, black pottery, honey, Kangra tea and world famous Kangra Paintings.

During the time of Navratras, the temple is crowded by large number of people. Pilgrims from far and near come to visit this temple. Chamunda Devi blesses all her true devotees.

It is an enchanting spot with glorious views of the mountains, Pathiar and Lahla forests.

The closest airport is at Gaggle, 28 km away. The nearest railhead on the narrow guage line is at Moranda near Palampur, 30 km. Taxis and buses are available at both places. By road, Chamunda Devi is 15 km from Dharamsala and 55 km from Jwalamukhi.

Baba Baroh Temple

52 kms from Dharamshala is the temple at Baroh named as “Baba Baroh Temple”. A temple made of white marble is dedicated to Radha Krishan and the Goddess Durga. There is also an ancient temple of Kali Nath Bhole Shankar near to the temple.

Baijnath Temple

The Baijnath in earlier times was known as “Kirgram” the famous capital of Kiratas. The temple is dedicated to Vaidyanath(Shiva). This temple is among oldest Shiva temples in the country. The temple was built of stone by Raja Sansar Chand in 1204 AD. Apart from the main deity, the temple houses the images of Goddess Chamunda, Surya (the Sun God), Kartikeya (son of Lord Shiva) and a massive structure of Nandi (Carrier of Lord Shiva). One of the 12 Jyotirlingas are also located in the sanctum of the temple.

The history of the temple dates back to the ancient times of King Ravana. It is believed that Ravana had worshipped Lord Shiva in this temple only and had sacrificed his head ten times at a place marked out in the temple. Due to this, people in the surrounding areas do not celebrate Dussehra.

The temple is an example of the Nagari style of architecture.

Every year during the Shivratri fair, thousands of pilgrims descend on Baijnath temple to get blessings from Lord Shiva.

Baijnath Temple at Kangra is located 16 kms from Palampur in the Beas valley.

Aghanjar Mahadev

This temple is 8.5 km from Dharamshala and just a few meters from the Khaniyara village. The old Shiva Temple (Aganjar Mahadev Temple) is situated near the bank of the River Manjhi. The temple is situated inside a cave near river stream. At this place Baba Ganga Bharati has fired “Akhand Dhuni” (Sacred Fire).

Khaniyara is the starting point of the trek route to Bharmour and is also well connected by roads from Norbulingka, Chinmaya Tapovan and Dharamshala. Khanyara was also famous for slate quarries

Chinmaya Tapovan

Swami Chinmayananda a great exponent of the Gita founded the Chinmaya Tapovan Trust. This quiet, calm and peaceful ashram complex is about 9 kms from Dharamshala. This complex also includes a temple dedicated to Lord Rama, a 7 mts high statue of Hanuman ji, a meditation hall, a school and a health and a recreational centre.

Kunal Pathri

This temple is dedicated to goddess Kapaleshwari and located at Dharamshala It is believed that a part of her skull of Shaktyi fallen here. The locals here call this place Kunal Pathri.

Trilokpur Temple

A natural cave temple at Trilokpur which is dedicated to Lord Shiva, has stalactite and stalagmite formation is 41 km from Dharamshala and approachable by road.

Masroor Rock Temple

Masroor is 26 km. from Gaggal on Nagrota Surian link road and is famous for 15 monolithic rock-cut temples in the Indo-Aryan style and are richly carved. The main shrine contains three stone images of Rama, Lakshmana and Sita. But the presence of the figure of Shiva in the centre of the Lintel affords a strange presumtion that the temple was originally dedicated to Mahadeva ( Lord Shiva ).

Baba Balak Nath Temple (Deothsidh)

This temple is situated in village Chakmoh of district Hamirpur. It is 45 Kilometers from Hamirpur and is on the border of Hamirpur and Bilaspur districts. It is situated on the top of a magnificent hill where devotees have been keeping alive a sacred fire for over five centuries. There is a cave carved out of a rock which is stated to be the abode of Babaji. An idol of Babaji is placed in this cave. The devotees offer ‘Rot’ prepared with floor and Sugar / Gur at the altar of Babaj . A cave temple is a noted place of pilgrimage. People come here to seek the blessing of Baba Balak Nath whose image is located in the cave.

Baba Balaknath Temple is visited by devotees throughout the year but during the Navratras, the visitors rush increases manifold and throng to the temple in large numbers.

Devotees offer `Rot`, prepared with flour and sugar/gur at the altar of Babaji. Female devotees are prohibited to enter the inner cave. A raised platform just opposite to the cave has been specially erected for female worshippers for Darshan. Six km from Baba Balak Nath Temple, there is spot named Shahtalai, where Baba is assumed to have observed penance. It is also considered exceedingly sacred to the pilgrims. Sunday is considered an auspicious day of Babaji.

Shivalaya Bachhretu

An ancient Temple of Shivalaya Bachhretu Temple is situated in Hamirpur and located three km from Shahtalai and 3000 ft above sea level,. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva houses a huge statue of Nandi, the mount of Lord Shiva, in the courtyard. Shivalaya Bachhretu was named after a brave calf, known as Bachhretu.Naras.

Sheetla Mata Temple

Temple is situated in a village Jangla, at a distance of approximately 1.5 km from Gehrwin, Bilaspur. The temple is built in the middle of a tank. Goddess Sheetla Devi is believed to be the younger sister of Goddess Badol Devi and symbolize power and peace.

She is known to ward off heat from the body of a person. In many parts of India, it is believed that diseases like small pox and chicken pox represent the manifestation of the Goddess in a human’s body.

They believe those who pray at the temple with utmost devotion and faith are granted their wishes by the Mata.

Vyas Gufa

The oldest and the most famous religious place is the Vyas Gufa which lies on the left bank of river Satluj. It is about 610 Mt. height from sea level. It is situated between the old and new Bilaspur Township. There is a common belief that Vyas Rishi of Mahabharta fame lived in this Gufa in penance. The name of the present Bilaspur town traces its origin to Rishi Vyas which was originally known as Vyaspur. It is a place of pilgrimage. It is about 0.5 Km. distance from district head quarters.

Kathgarh Temple

It is a situated 7 kms. from Indora in Kangra District on the meeting point of the Beas and the Choch rivers. There is an old temple, built in Mughal style, housing 6 feet long and 5 feet round ‘Shivalinga’ The ‘Linga’ here is of its own kind not found anywhere in the world.

Lakshmi Narayan Temple

The Laxmi Narayan Temple housing six different temples in its complex is one of the largest and the oldest temples in the town of Chamba This temple was constructed during the 10th century Six stone temples dedicated to either Lord Shiva or Vishnu. Some additional temples are also housed in the complex including Radha Krishna, Chandra Shekhar Mahadeva, Gauri Shankar, Tryambaseshawar and Laxmi Damodara . These are artistically decorated and have been built in the Nagara style. The temple opens up twice a day for the devotees.

Chaurasi Temples

Chaurasi Temple is situated at Bharmaur (former Chamba capital) at a distance of 65 kilometer from Chamba. The 9th century temples at Bharmaur are among the most important early Hindu temples in the Chamba Valley. Chaurasi Temples houses are dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi, Lord Ganesha, Manimahesh, and Narasimha

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 number of shrines have been built to commemorate that visit.

Chattari Temple

Chattari Temple with early examples of carved wood and an 8th century brass image of Shakti near Bharmaur (Chamba).


The Manimahesh Lake, situated in the Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas in Chamba District, is at an altitude of about 4100 m above sea level. The Kailash Parvat that stands high close to the lake is believed to be the abode of Lord 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 (August/ September, stretching over two weeks from Janmashtami) many people do the entire stretch of 26 km in a single day.. 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 and pray to the reflection of the Kailash Peak on the Lake There is also a four-faced Shiva lingam installed near the lake.


Rewalsar is about 20 km. from Mandi town. 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. A spot that is revered by people of three faiths The Hindus believe that it was here that the ‘Lomas Rishi’ held his penance in devotion to lord Shiva. Overwhelmed, Shiva gave the rishi, the seven floating islands in reward. This is a very sacred place. Other famous temples are Bhutnath and Triloknath.

Prashar Temple

This temple, built in the 14th century, is a shrine where the rulers of Mandi once worshipped. A three-tiered pagoda-style temple stands in the little green hollow around the Prashar lake, which has floating circular island above the town of Pandoh. It is 35 km. from Mandi town. With deep blue waters, this beautiful lake is held sacred to the sage Prashar (rishi). A fair is held here in the in the month of June every year, where people gather from all neighbouring villages. This lake is fed by small mountain streams. The views of the mountains are spectacular.

Trilok Nath Temple

Three-faced image of Lord Shiva temple is located in Purani Mandi across Victoria Bridge on Mandi Pathankot National Highway. Trilokinath temple is one of the oldest temples in the town with typical architecture and sculptural artistry Idols of Narda and Sharda and many Hindu gods are also worshipped along with the main deity Trilokinath.

Panckvaktra Temple

Five-faced image of Lord Shiva temple is situated at the confluence of Beas and Suketi rivers. Built in Shikhara style of architecture the temple has been taken over by Archeological Survey of India and declared as national heritage monument.

Mahamritunjya Temple

The temple of Lord Shiva with his third eye and the lotus posture in meditative contemplation is situated in the Mandi town. The four arms of Shiva with usual symbols and right lower hand in ‘Bhumisparsha mudra’,lower left hand holding ‘Kamandal’ right upper hand raised in benediction and upper left hand holding ‘amritkalasha’ – all create the mystique of the rare charm and beauty of Mahamritunjaya Shiva.

Shikari Devi Temple

The Shikari Devi Temple is positioned at a height of 2850 meters in Mandi. According to the legends, it is believed that the hunters in the early years in the area once prayed to the Goddess for success in their hunt. . Most probably, the name of the temple has originated from the name of the Goddess 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.

Hanogi Maa & Koyla Maa Temple

Hanogi Maa temple in on the way from Mandi to Kullu near Pandoh and Koyla Maa temple near Sunder Nagar in Mandi district.

Bhootnath Temple

Practically synonymous with Mandi and located in its very heart, this is as old as the town itself and dates back to the 1520s. In March, the festival of Shivratri is a major event and the Bhootnath temple is its focus. For an entire week the town celebrates the arrival of hundreds of local deities on elaborately decorated palanquins.

Tarna Mata Temple (Syamakali Temple)

Built in the 17th century by Raja Syama Sen at the top of hill named as Tarna Hill, above the Mandi town at an altitude of 300 feet above sea level. Temple house the image of Godess Kaali, Lord Shiva and others.

Raghunathji Temple

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 an unusual temple dedicated to Shiva-the Lord of lightning, is located at an altitude of 2,435 metres in the Kullu region. 20 metres high staff attracts divine blessing in the form of lightning and breaks the stone linga in the sanctum. The priests rejoin it with the help of satto and butter. The image is restored to its original oneness till another similar flash repeats the miracle. The cycle goes on. Devotees need to take a climb up to the temple. Two statues of the bull, nandi (Lord Shiva’s vehicle) adorns the door of the temple. The door frames themselves have exquisite carvings.

Hadimba Temple (Dhoongri Temple)

One of the most important temples in Manali (the Kulu region). This temple is dedicated to Hadimba, wife of one of the Pandava brother, Bhim. Hadimba was the sister of a demon Hadimb before she got married to Bhim. However, later on she purified herself by meditating and began to be worshipped by the people.

This four story wooden temple constructed in pagoda style is located in the middle of a forest (tall deodar) called the Dhoongri Van Vihar. The temple of goddess Hadimba, is also known as Dhoongri Temple. This temple was built by Maharaja Bahadur Singh in 1550 AD and dedicated to Goddess Hadimba. The divinity is popularly worshipped throughout the region during the festivals and the goddess is transported to Kullu to visit the Lord Raghunathji during Dussehra festival.

There is no Idol inside the temple There just is a foot print in stone which is worshipped by the people. The people of the valley celebrate the birthday of their goddess on the first of ‘Jaith’ or 14th of May in the Dhoongri forest. The fair lasts for three days.


At 1737 m, on the right bank of river Parvati. this place is famous for hot sulphur springs revered by both Hindus and Sikhs pilgrims. Thousand, of pilgrims take dip in holy water. The water of the spring is also said to have curative value which cures many skin diseases. The water gushes with tremendous force is so hot, even rice, dall or vegetables can be boiled. According to an ancient saying Manikaran is also connected with Lord Shiva and His divine concert Parvati.

By road the Manikaran is 45 km from Kullu via Bhunter and 85 km from Manali. The airport at Bhunter (Kullu) is at a distance of 35 km.

Bhimakali Temple

Situated in Sarahan, the Bhimakali Temple is one of the 51 Shakti Peeths. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhimakali, The unique thing about this temple is that the style of architecture used to build it is wonderful combination of the Hindu and Buddhist Temple style. 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 Lakshami.

An interesting story is connected with this temple. The old temple, during the earthquake of 1905, got a bit tilted. However, with another following tremor, the temple straightened on its own! It is also believed that there is a secret tunnel in the temple which was earlier used by the priests to reach the village of Ranwin.

By the side of the old temple, a new one was constructed in the year 1927, and today it houses a two centuries old image of goddess Bhimakali at its first floor. This image is not open throughout the year for worship, however, the one at the second floor is definitely worshipped daily. The other temples in the complex are dedicated to Lord Narsingha and Lord Raghunath.

Hatkoti Temple

Hatkoti Temple is located in a valley near Rohru (115 km from Shimla) . Being the meeting point of three streams- Bishkulti, Raanvati with Pabbar River, it is a sacred site for the Hindus.

The Hatkoti Temple is an abode of goddess Mahishasurmardini, an incarnation of goddess Durga. The statue has a bronze image of eight armed Goddess Durga riding a lion with her spear piercing the heart of the demon Mahishasur is 1.2 meters in height. The complex also has a separate temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Based on the architectural styles and design, this temple to be built during the Gupta era. During the month of April and November every year a fair is held.

Tara Devi Temple

Situated 1851 meters above sea level, Tara Devi temple is situated 11 km from the Shimla on the Tara Devi Mountain between Shoghi and Shimla. The location of the temple on the Hill top makes it appear that the goddess of the Stars seems to keep everyone under the protective gaze showering innumerable blessings on her worshippers

The Tata Devi temple has a great spiritual and heritage value. The temple was built approximately 250 years ago.

Jakhu Temple

The Temple is situated on the Jhakhu hills near Shimla. The temple is dedicated to god Hanuman.

The legend associated with the temple states that when during the war with the Lankan King Ravan, Lakshman got injured, Hanumn was sent to bring a medicine herbal from the Himalayas. On his way back, Hanuman rested on the Jhakhu hill. The temple preserves what is widely supposed to be the footsteps of Lord Hanuman.

Like many other hanuman temples, there are a large number of monkeys around. These monkeys do not attack the visiting devotees but if provoked can be very dangerous too. Pilgrims offer peanuts and bananas to these monkeys which are readily accepted by them.

The devotees need to climb a steep hill trek of around 2 kms to reach the temple or can hire a pony at the base of the hill.

Sankat Mochan

Situated at the height of 1975 m On Shimla-Kalka road (NH-22) is famous “Lord Hanuman” temple. It commands an excellent view of Shimla town. The place can be visited by Bus/Taxi.

Renukaji Temple

Renuka lake is situated in the Sirmour district and it is 672 m above the sea level. According to Hindu mythology, Renuka Temple was built in the later half of the 19th century.

The temple, dedicated to the immortal Renuka, stands near the picturesque Renuka Lake (Sirmour). Renukaji Temple : It is believed that Rishi Jamdagni, displeased by his wife Renuka, instructed his son Parshuram to behead her. The son obeyed his father’s wishes. Pleased at Parshuram’s loyalty, the Rishi granted his son a wish, and Parshuram asked for the restoration of his mother to life. As per another legend, Sahasarjuna wanted to kidnap Renuka. To save herself, she jumped into this lake and the gods saved her. Since then, this lake became an embodiment of Renuka and is named after her.

A zoo, close to the Renuka Lake, is home to species of Asiatic lions, deer and black bears.
Renuka Lake is located at a distance of 37 km from Nahan . Renukaji is 315 km from Delhi by road. The nearest rail head is at Ambala (95 km). Dehradun (105km) and Chandigarh (95 km). The nearest airports are at Chandigarh and Dehradun.

Temples In Himachal Pradesh