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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular religious sites in Chamba?

Reet Cheema DEC 10 2012
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Since time immemorial, mountains have been considered as the abode of the Gods. The elusive charm of the mountains and the spectral silence of the forests, only pierced by the resonating sounds of birds, have always mystified human beings and drawn them to its charm again and again. It is no surprise that these mountains are blessed by many divine sanctuaries. Some of the most religious places where you must seek blessings in Chamba are:

  • Laxmi Narayan Temple

    Laxmi Narayan Temple is the most sacred temple in Chamba built by Raja Sahil Verman in Shikara style. The temple is dedicated to the Vaishnavite sect however the temple complex also houses idols of Shiva. The main idol of Vishnu is carved out of a special kind of marble that has a glittering effect which never fails to mesmerise the devotees. The other deities who find their resting abode here are Gauri Shankar, Radha and Krishna. The architecture of the temple is composed of Garbhgriha, Shikhara or Bimana and a mandapa which are acclaimed even today for their suitability to the local conditions. The main entrance of the temple is adorned by a metallic statue of Garuda, the Vimana of Vishnu. In 1678, Raja Chhatra Singh adorned the temple roofs with gold plates as a defiance to Aurangzeb, who had ordered the demolition of the temple.

    The temple is open for
    darshan between 6:00 am to 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

  • Chamunda Devi Temple

    This temple is believed to be 750 years old and celebrates the most terrific form of Shakti in the form of Goddess Chamunda. According to legends, this was the place where Devi Ambika had slain two demons, Chanda and Munda. Situated on the banks of Baner river and built on a raised platform, the temple commands the majestic sights of imperial mountains and verdant forests of Lahl and Pathiar. The main deity is covered in a red cloth which the devotees are forbidden to touch. The sprawling complex of temple houses a big boulder which represents the phallic symbol of Shiva, the Shiva Linga.

  • Champavati Temple

    This temple dedicated to Goddess Mahisasuramardini, a ferocious incarnation of Goddess Durga, was built by Raja Sahil Varman in memory of his daughter Champavati. The folklore says that Champavati was a very pious girl and used to spend a lot of her time in the presence of holy men discussing scriptures. However her father got suspicious of her actions and followed her once into a saint's hut with a dagger hidden in his cloak. When he entered the hut, he was surprised to find the room empty. Suddenly he heard a cosmic voice saying that his daughter was taken away from him forever as a punishment for his suspicion. The voice guided him to make a temple dedicated to Durga, to avoid further calamities in his kingdom.
    On account of its historical and archaeological importance, it is maintained by the
    Archaeological Survey of India, as the temple is full of exquisite idols and sculptures. The temple has a large wheel on its top which adds to its grandeur.

These are just some of the many religious places that have blessed Chamba. You can also visit
Akhand Chandi Palace and Church of Scotland. Not only do these temples have a lot of divinity attached with them but they are also well renowned for their majestic architecture and beauty. Let the blessings of these deities brighten your lives.

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