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Top 5 temples to visit in Bharmour

Devbhoomi Himachal, often known as heaven on earth, has very rich mythological past. There are number of famous temples in Himachal swarmed by massive number of devottes from all corners of the world. Bharmour, land of Gods, has many beautiful and one of the oldest temples in India. These temples fascinate with their architecture, carvings and deity images of 7th century AD. These sacred shrines are very important part of life in and around Bharmour. Here is list of top 5 most famous temples of Bharmour that would prove why it is called land of Gods. 

Chaurasi Temple

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Chaurasi temple is not one temple but a complex of 84 temples. As they all are located in same temple complex hence they are clubbed together as one temple. Chaurasi temple commplex has famous temples of Lord Ganesha, Lord Shiva, Lord Narsimha, Lakshana mata, Chamunda Devi, Sheetla Mata, Lord Hanuman, Swami Kartikeya, Lord Nandi Bull, only temple of Lord Yamraj (Dharamraj) in the world, Shri 108 Jai krishan ji Giri (Naga Baba) and seat of Chitragupta. Some of these temples were built 1400 years ago in 750AD. 84 temple complex also as ardhganga dham and large Deodar tree known as God wood. It is believed that Ardhganga has water of 7 holy rivers of India. Apart of these temples Chaurasi temple complex has many other temples having Surya linga or Suryavanshi linga, Rameshvar (Trameshvar) linga, Kubera linga, Jyoti linga, Mohoni linga and the lingas representing Gupt-mahadev, Narpat- mahadev (narbadeshvar) and Bijli-mahadev. Linga known as Ekadash rudra (eleven-rudri) is also seen on the platform of Manimahesh temple. 

Bharmani Mata temple

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Bharmani Mata temple is at the top of the ridge covered with full of pine and deodar trees situated 4 km from the Bharmour. The place is mainly known for Goddess Bharmani Mata one of the avatars of Durga Ma. Bharmani Devi is the patron Goddess of people of Bharmour. There is Bharmani holy pool in front of Bharmani Mata temple. The dip in the pool is compulsory to complete the holy Manimahesh Yatra. It is believed that Goddess Bharmani had stolen this holy water from Lord Sandhola Naag which is located on another side of the ridge. Seven water streams are coming from the bottom of cave which are presently serving water supply facility to Bharmour and running many flourmills. The place is mountainous with aesthetic natural beauty and gives glorious view of beautiful Bharmour.

Swami Kartikeya temple

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Kartikeya Swami or locally called the Devta "Kelang Wazir" is worshipped near parts of Bharmour as their main deity at Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh. Situated at Kugti Village, which is 18 km from Bharmour is the major deity of the tribe Gaddi. The temple of Kartikeya Swami is visited every year by thousands of devotees when the trek is opened in the month of March–April (Covered with snow in the winters).

Banni Mata Temple

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Banni Mata Temple, also known variously as the Mahakali Banni Mata Temple, is located in Chamba District, a hill station in the State of Himachal Pradesh in north India. This temple is situated at a height of 8,500 feet, right at the base of beautiful Pir Panjal Range in the Chamba Valley. It is an ancient temple dedicated to Devi Kali, a goddess figure in Hinduism. The temple is surrounded by deep forests at the foot of the Himalayas. It is pilgrimage place which hold a rich inclusion of flora and natural beauty. It is famous as Shakti Devi Temple too. It is near to Tundah village and just opposite to Manimahesh Peak. This temple is named as Banni because this place has a lot of Ban trees or Oak trees.

Shivashakti Mata temple

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Shivashakti Mata temple complex was constructed in 650 AD at Chhatrari village by king meru Verman. The temple has specific sculpture using wood and slate roof. The idol placed inside the temple is made of Panchdhatu (An alloy of 5 metals), and is quite lustrous. It is said by the elders of the village that the temple used to be a revolving one on base over a pivot. But later on it was fixed to the ground. The original shrine at Shivshakti Devi temple is surrounded by a gallery supported by twelve heavy pillars of deodar wood. The entrance to the sanctum is decorated with a double row of standing figures on each side. The outermost wall painting projects to the right and left at the top corners, enclosing two sitting lions. The next frame consists of two jambs alternately decorated with three standing deities and three smaller crouching ganas. Of the latter two are ox-headed; two lion-headed, one has elephant ears and one a face on his belly.

Maa Vajreshwari (Brajeshwari) Devi Temple

Maa Vajreshwari (Brajeshwari)Devi Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to the goddess Vajreshvari, located in the town Nagarkot, in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, India. Vajreshwari Devi Temple is 11 km away from the nearest railway station of Kangra. The Kangra Fort is situated nearby. It is located on a mountain near Chamunda Devi temple which is 16 km from Nagarkot.
The primary deity of the temple is Maata Vajreshvari, also spelled as Brajeshwari, Vajrábái and Vajrayogini. Maata Vajreshvari is considered as an incarnation of goddess Parvati or Aadi-Maya on earth. Her name literally means "the lady of the Vajra (thunderbolt)".
Maa Vajreshwari  Devi Temple KangraLegend says that thousands of years ago, a Rakshasa (demon) named Kalikala or Kalikut troubled the rishis (sages) and humans in the region of Vadvali and waged a war against the devas (gods). Distressed the gods and sages headed by Vashishta performed the Chandi yajna, a fire offering to the Goddess, to please Her. An aahuti (offering 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 terrified gods and sages prayed to the Goddess to save them. The Goddess appeared in all her glory at the site and not only swallowed the Vajra and humbled Indra but also killed the demons. Rama requested the Goddess that she should stay in the region of Nagarkot and be known as Vajreshvari. Thus, the Vajreshvari temple was established in this region.
Another legend says that Indra and other devas went to goddess Parvati and requested her to help slay the demon Kalikala. Goddess Parvati assured that she would come to their aid at the right time and ordered them to fight with the demon. In the battle, Kalikala swallowed or broke all weapons thrown at him. 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 built her temple. 

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Jwalaji Temple

The flaming temple of Himachal Pradesh, Jwalaji temple is located at a distance of 34 km south of Kangra Valley. The Jawalaji temple  is considered very powerful, and count as one of the 51 Shakti-Pitha temples in India. It is here that Sati's tongue fell which can now be seen in the form of the flame. 

The ancient temple, built against a wooded spur, has a dome that was glided by Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Pilgrims consider an eternally burning flame emanating from a hollow rock in the sanctum to be a manifestation of goddess Devi. The temple comes alive with Nawaratra celebrations and colourful fairs during March-April and Sept-Oct every year. The famous Jwalamukhi Temple is about 56 km from Dharamsala in the Valley of Beas. The goddess is manifest here as tiny blue flames and worshiped as such. There is a musical fountain here which is a pleasure to watch during nights.
jwalaji temple kangraThe Jwalamukhi Temple in Kangra District of Himachal is considered extremely sacred for the Hindus. The legend of the Jwalamukhi Temple relates to Sati. Here the goddess is manifested as tiny flames that burn through the fissures in the age old rock. The temple of Jwalamukhi is not an architectural delight. Moreover, there is no idol to worship too. Unlike any other temple, this one doesn't have a statue or an image, but a constantly burning blue flame that seems to come from the rocks. Jwalamukhi Temple is a temple of the Goddess of Light. Jwalamukhi is also known as the Flaming Goddess or She of the Flaming Mouth. The building has a gilt dome and a silver plated folding doors. Inside, there is a 3 feet square pit with pathway all around. In the centre, there is a hollowed rock over a primary fissure of flame. This one is regarded as the mouth of the Mahakali. Flames emit out from several other point in the pit. They are nine in total and represent the different form of the goddess - Saraswati, Annapurna, Chandi, Hing Laj, Vindhya Vasini, Mahalakshmi, Mahakali, Ambika and Anjana. There are two lions in front of the temple. 

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Chintpurni Devi Temple

Chintpurni Devi Temple is a place of pilgrimage in India. Chintpurni 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 bordering the state of Punjab. Chintpurni is dedicated to the temple of Chinnamastika Devi or Chinnamasta Devi. Chhinnamasta or Chinnamastika temple is one of the 7 major and 51 total Shakti Peeths. Here, Chhinnamasta is interpreted as the severed-headed one as well as the foreheaded-one.
maa chintpurni devi temple unaWhen Lord Vishnu cut up 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 said that the severed head (chinnamastika) of Sati fell at this place and is thus considered one of the most important of the 51 Shakti Peeths.
The temple dedicated to Mata Chintpurni Devi 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 at the lotus feet of Mata Shri Chhinnamastika Devi. They bring with them their worldly concerns and seek blessings from the Devi. It is believed that if you ask something from the Devi with a true heart, your wish will be granted.
Apart from the holy shrine, the place is full of picturesque surroundings. Some very nice places for sight seeing, indoor and out door activities are situated in and around Chintpurni. Chintpurni is very well connected through roads and with good number of hotels and dharamsalas erceted in and around chintpurni, accommodation is not a problem at all. You can come here for religious visit, on a holiday or for both, you would enjoy your time there and should return with everlasting memories. Devotees usually get their photos clicked in the temple complex, after the holy Darshan of the Devi.

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Naina Devi Temple

Shri Naina Devi Ji Temple is connected to NH-21 & is 70 kilometers from Bilaspur, 108 Km from Chandigarh, and 18 Km from Bhakra and 20 km from Anandpur Sahib.  It is situated on triangle Hill also known as Naina Dhar hill which is 3535 feet from Sea Level in Distt. Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh. Shri Naina Devi Ji Temple has emerged as one of the most reverted center of pilgrims in region for both Hindu and Sikhs. Surrounded by famous land mark of Bhakra Dam, Anandpur Sahib, and Govind Sagar Lake. It is one of the famous 51 Shakti Peeths of Hindus having mythological linkage with Lord Shiva & Guru Govind Singh. Several mythological stories are associated with the establishment of the temple. 

Shri  Naina Devi Temple BilaspurAccording to a legend, Goddess Sati burnt herself alive in Yagna, which distressed Lord Shiva. He picked the corpse of Sati on her shoulder and started his Taandav dance. This horrified all deities in the heaven as this could lead to holocaust. This urged Lord Vishnu to unleash his Chakra that cut the Sati’s body into 51 pieces. Shri Naina Devi Temple is the place where eyes of Sati fell down.  Another story related to the temple is of a Gujjar Boy named Naina. Once he was grazing his cattle and observed that a white cow is showering milk from her udders on a stone. He saw the same thing for next several days. One night while sleeping, he saw Goddess in her dreams who told him that the stone is her Pindi. Naina told about the entire situation and his dream to Raja Bir Chand. When Raja saw it happening in reality, he built a temple on that spot and named the temple after Naina’s name.

Shri Naina Devi Temple is also known as Mahishapeeth because of defeat of demon Mahishasur by the Goddess. According to the legends, Mahishasur was a powerful demon who was blessed by the boon of immortality by Lord Brahma, but the condition was that he could be defeated only by an unmarried woman. Due to this boon, Mahishasur started spreading terror on Earth and Gods. To cope with the demon, all Gods combined their powers and created a Devi to defeat him. The Devi was gifted different types of weapons by all Gods. When Mahishasur got mesmerized by the immense beauty of Devi and proposed her to marry him. Devi told him that she will marry him if he would overpower her. During the battle, Devi defeated the demon and took out both his eyes. This urged Gods to happily applaud “Jai Naina” and hence the name. 

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