The Himalayan regions are not just about the scenic landscapes. There are many local legends and mythologies which are interesting to know. Some famous devi temples are also related with the Hindu mythologies in Himachal Pradesh.
It is not only interesting to know about these legends but also visit these temples in Himachal Pradesh. These architectures are situated in beautiful valleys and hill tops. A visit to these sites are a must on your tour to this state.
Let us take a virtual tour around some holy places!
Bhimakali was the presiding deity of former Bushahr dynastyin Himachal Pradesh. Sree Bhimakali Temple is situated in Sarahan and is one of the shakti peethas. It is one of the famous devi temples which is believed to be mentioned in Hindu mythologies.
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Banni Mata Temple
Mahakali Banni Mata Temple is also known as Shakti Devi Temple. It is located at the base of Pir Panjal Himalayan Ranges in the Chamba Valley. The temple gets the name 'Banni' from the surrounding Ban (Oak) trees.
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Himani Chamunda Temple in Kangra Valley is one the devi temples. It is one of the old temples which have been restored. The main deity is Goddess Chamunda/ Chamundi (another form of Kali). The shrine is situated on a hill top and it is one of the main attractions for the trekkers here.
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Chintpurni Temple is dedicated to Chinnamastika Devi and it is one of the prime shakti peethas. Chintpurni Temple is situated at Uni district of Himachal Pradesh. It is a major pilgrimage site.
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Jwala Ji is one of the popular devi temples situated in Kangra Valley. Jwala means 'flames' and the here the prime deity is the Goddess of Flames. Many legends and stories relate to the origin of Jwala Devi temple.
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Naina Devi Temple
Naina Devi Temple is situated on a hill top. According to the legend, when Sati's body got cut into pieces, her eyes fell in this place. Hence, here the temple is called as Naina (eye) Devi Temple.
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Trilokpur is known for the goddess Bala Sundri Devi temple. Trilokpur also means that they're 3 shakti peethas in a triangular shape. Bala Sundri Devi in Trilokpur is the main temple among these three temples.
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Hidimba Devi Temple
Hidimba Devi is most famous one as it is unique temple. Here the temple is dedicated to the demon Hidimba mentioned in the epic Mahabharatha. It is believed that Hidimba performed the meditation here and was suppose to have lived here with her brother Hidimb (demon). Hadimba Devi is one of the unusual temples in India.
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