Hatkeshwari Mata Temple Complex, Rohru

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Hatkeshwari Mata Temple Complex is a prominent tourist attraction of Hatkoti. This temple is a fine example of the architectural style of the 6th, and the 9th century AD. Enshrined within it is a bronze idol of Mahishasuramardini, one of the incarnations of the Hindu deity, Durga. The idol has eight arms and is shown sitting on the back of a lion. On one hand she holds a spike which is piercing through the heart of a demon named, Mahishasura.

Ashwin Navratra and Chaitra Navratra are two of the popular Hindu festivals celebrated in this temple during which it is thronged by devotees from far-flung areas. The presiding deity is presented with flowers, halwa, walnuts, and rice as offerings along with a goat or a sheep, which is sacrificed in honour of the deity.

Another temple, dedicated to the Hindu god of destruction, Shiva, sits on the gateway of the complex. A dharamshala, a rest-house, and granaries are situated inside the complex of the temple.

The temples were said to originally feature domes shaped like 'shikaras' which were later changed in the late 19th century into the wooden pagodas that can be seen today.

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