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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular religious sites in Chandigarh?

Kapil Gumasta DEC 10 2012
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The city welcomes you into its folds with a warm, Punjabi hospitality and its serene, calming atmosphere. Heighten this sense of serenity with an experience of divinity, never too far from you on your trip to Chandigarh. Visit these popular religious sites and let tranquility reach the depths of your soul.

  • Mansa Devi Temple

    A beautiful, large temple complex which will give the comfort of religion and the serenity of pristine surroundings, all in one visit. The complex houses two temples, the first one built in 1815 AD by the ruler of Mani Majra and the second one, a little later, by the Maharaja of Patiala. Both temples pay homage to Goddess Sati and the legend of Shakti Peeths, this location being where her head fell while Lord Shiva carried her burning body across earth. According to legends, this temple also fulfils wishes of its devotees, perhaps a reason for the constant flow of people thronging to the temple. The festival of Navratri during the months of October/November sees vibrant fairs come up around the temple complex, adding to the general air of festivity and joy.
    Visitors are expected to take off their shoes
    and socks before they enter the complex and walk the remaining distance. You could even sit down for a picnic in the adjoining garden, but remember that the plants here are considered sacred and plucking flowers or leaves is entirely prohibited.

  • Chandi Devi Temple

    Dedicated to the goddess of power, Chandi, this temple is located about 10 km from the main city of Chandigarh on the Chandigarh - Kalka road. Situated in a village in the cantonment area, goddess Chandi of this temple is whom the town of Chandigarh takes it name from. Famed for being a Siddh Peeth, it is believed that a visit to this temple will fulfil all your wishes. You would need to trek a small distance to visit this pretty shrine, as cars are not allowed beyond a certain point. Visit this temple during the festivities of Navratri in October - November and you’ll feel the enthusiasm and excitement pulsating in the atmosphere. This is also the time that the temple is most crowded, so you can plan your trip according to whether you’re looking for solace or the company of other fellow devotees.

  • Amb Sahib Gurudwara

    Every Indian perhaps associates and appreciates the summer season with mangoes. But what if you find out that there’s a tree that yields the sweet summer fruit even in winter? This Sikh gurudwara is popular precisely for this - the old mango tree that bears fruit all through the year, which is served as prasad to the devotees. Legend has it that the 7th Sikh guru, Guru Har Rai visited his disciple, Bhai Kooram, here in 1659. It was the guru’s wish and command that the tree bear fruit all through the year, which has continued as a miraculous tradition here. During the month of January, a fair is held in the memory of the Guru on the day of Sakrant (according to the Hindu calendar), where devotees throng in large numbers to offer their prayers. Experience the community spirit and surreal tranquility here and you’re sure to go home feeling transformed.

Let peace take over and rejuvenate your soul, amidst lush greenery and the promise of hills at a distance. An epiphany packed inside a holiday - sounds just about perfect, doesn’t it?

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