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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the famous temples in and around Palampur?

Chandralekha Singh DEC 10 2012
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Did you think that this tea capital of north India is only known for its numerous tea gardens and paddy fields? Well, there is more to Palampur than that as it is also known for its architecturally splendid temples.

  • Baijnath Temple

    Built in 1204 AD by the two native merchants by the name of Ahuka and Manyuka, this temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. A revered shrine of Himachal Pradesh, it is located at a distance of 16 kilometres from Palampur in the Beas valley. The Lingam (known as Vaidyanath) here is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas in India. The architecture of the temple is of the ‘Nagara' style which has been imbibed from Orissan style. The water of this temple is believed to contain medicinal properties which can cure diseases of people and thus Baijnath Temple receives thousands of people every year. Shivratri is the major festival that is observed in the temple when thousands of devotees visit the temple to seek the blessings from the God. Since the temple is considered as a part of Indian Heritage, many security arrangements are made here to avoid any unwanted element so that your trip is made hassle free.

  • Chamunda Devi Temple

    Located 25 kilometres away from Palampur, this temple is dedicated to Goddess Chamunda. The temple provides enchanting views of the Dhauladhar mountains, Baner Khud flowing alongside the temple, Pathian and Lahla forest. Behind the temple there is a shrine of Lord Shiva known as Nandikeshwar, thus the sacred site is called Chamunda Nandikeshwar.Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) looks after the maintenance of the temple.

  • Brijeshwari Temple

    Located in Kangra town at a distance of 36 kilometres, the temple is said to have been built over the charred breasts of Sati. Better known as Vajreshwari Yogini Mandir, It is one of the Sati-Peeths. Known for its legendary wealth, this beautiful temple was invaded by many extremists several times so in the intervening years the temple was rebuilt and renovated several times. The Goddess Parvati or Brajeshwari is worshipped here in the form of a Pinid and as a tradition during the festival of Lohri, it is decorated with a layer of butter. It is believed that in ancient times the goddess had used butter to heal the wound she got during her battle with the demon Mahishasur.

  • Bundla Mata Mandir

    Located on the Neugal Cafe road in Palampur, you'll have to either walk through tea gardens and open fields or drive to reach this temple built about five centuries ago. The temple is beautifully surrounded by the heavy greenery of the lush tea gardens such that this shrine appears much scenic and serene. Even if you're not a religious person, you would still want to come here for the beauty of the verdant landscape of the tea plantations.

So, let these temples take you to on a religious journey where you can find inner peace and be closer to the God Amighty.

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