Spiritual place of Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh is quite aptly called Devabhoomi i.e. Abode of the Gods. There are approx 2000 and much more temples and religious places dispersed all over the state. Many of these are quite well-known and attract thousands of devotees throughout the year.

Ardhanari Temple(Mandi)

Location: Mandi, Himachal Pradesh
Dedicated To: Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati
Famous Festival: Shivaratri Festival
Best Time to Visit: May to October

This is the temple of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. The modern architecture of this temple attracts the devotees and the statue in form of the right half is that of Shiva and the left half that of Parvati i.e. That is the called Ardhanareshawar. On the right and left are the images of Bhairava and Hanuman. Shiva has his distinctive tangled hair and wearing a garland of skulls, a matted serpent, a musical instrument in one hand and a Damru (drum) in the other. The Shivaratri festival is to be celebrated in each year and mostly devotees come to here. No one knows who built this statue.

Baba Balak Nath

Location: Hamirpur district (30 kilometers), Himachal Pradesh, 70 kilometers from Bilaspur.
Dedicated To: Baba Balak Nath
Get There: Chandigarh is the nearest airport (120 kilometers) and Una is the nearest railway station (50 kilometers).
Best Time to Visit: At time of Navaratri

Baba Balak Nath is the most famous temple of the Himachal Pradesh and it is situated in the Hamirpur district in Himachal Pradesh. The ancient cave and superb temple architecture attract the devotees. The females are not allowed to enter in the cave. The government of the Himachal Pradesh makes arrangements of tents for accommodations that devotees can rest here at the time of Navaratri. Shah Talai is another tourists spots which is connected by a ropeway. This is also called the Deot Sidh. It is located on the border of Bilaspur.

Baijnath Temple (Kangra)

Location: Kangra district, Himachal Pradesh, 16 kilometers from Palampur.
Dedicated To: Lord Shiva
Built In: 1204 AD
Built By: Ahuka and Manyuka
Famous Festival: Shivaratri Fair
Get There: Chandigarh is the nearest airport and this temple is near to Pathankot.
Best Time to Visit: May to October

The Baijnath Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and it is famous for its architecture that is Nagara style. This prominent temple is built by two merchants named Ahuka and Manyuka. There is the large square of Mandaps in front of two massive balconies on each in north and south and a big hall with the entrances in the south and north. Numerous images are also fixed or carved in the walls. The conical shaped dome (Mandap) of the temple gets support from the four artistic big pillars. Tourists can hire the taxies to reach this temple. This temple is near to the Mandi border.

Buddha Temple (GOMPA)

Location: 3 Kilometers from Keylong, Himachal Pradesh
Dedicated To: Buddha
Built In: 8th century
Famous Festival: Shashur Gompa
Get There: Chandigarh is the nearest airport.
Best Time to Visit: May to October

The state of Himachal Pradesh boasts of a large population of the followers of Buddhism. It is but natural for the area to have frequent Buddhists monasteries on its scenery. At the distance of 3 kilometers from Keylong is yet an extra worth visiting monastery of Himachal Pradesh, Shashur Gompa. The monastery was erected in the 16th century by Lama Dewa Tyatsho of Ladakh who was a representative of Nawang Namgyal, the king of Bhutan. Later, renovation work was done by Lama Dewa Gyatsho. Monastery is a religious place of Buddhist people.

Chintpurni Devi Temple (Kangra)

Location: 33 kilometers from Una district, Himachal Pradesh.
Dedicated To: Maa Sati
Famous festival: Sawan Ashtami Fair (July/August) and Navratri
Get There: Chintpurni bus stand is located about 1.5 km west of Bharwain. Closest railway station is Hoshiarpur(42 kilometers) and (Una 55 kilometers) and nearest airport is Gaggle(60 kilometers) near Kangra.
Best Time to Visit: May to October

The Chintpurni Devi Temple is the temple of Goddess Sati. That is the spot where the charred feet of Sati fell. The Pindi is the symbol of Sat’s Feet being cutting off by Chakra of Lord Vishnu, when he was cutting away the pieces of Sati's dead body carried by Lord Shiva in his 'Tandava Nritya'. This is most visited and famous temple of the India which is located in the Kangra district on the right bank of Baner River, Himachal Pradesh. This is one of the most famous Shaktipeeth of India.

Maa Jwala Ji


Location: 37 kilometers south from the Kangra Valley.
Dedicated To: Goddess Jwalamukhi (Maa Sati)
Famous festival: Navaratri
Get There: The nearest airport is Gaggle, Himachal Pradesh which is 50 kilometers from the temple and Chandigarh is the also the closest airport and the nearest broadgauge railhead is Pathankot at a distance of 120kms.
Best Time to Visit: March to April and August to October

Maa Jwala Ji, the Goddess of light is one of the 51 Shaktipeeths temples of India which is located in the lap of Shivalik range. According to the Hindu legends, that is the spot where the charred feet of Sati fell. The Pindi is the symbol of Sat’s tongue being cutting off by Chakra of Lord Vishnu, when he was cutting away the pieces of Sati's dead body carried by Lord Shiva in his 'Tandava Nritya'. Jwala Maa is represented in the form of continuous Jyotis - the ‘flames". The flames come out from the nine different rocks in the shrine. It is located in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh which is 37 kilometers far from the Temple. Once upon a time the Mughal emperor tried to put out the flames by covering them with an iron disk and even channelizing water to them. But the flames blasted all these efforts.

Naina Devi Temple

Location: 65 kilometers from Bilaspur district, Nainital, Himachal Pradesh.
Dedicated To: Maa Sati (Parvati)
Famous Festival: Sawan Ashtami Fair (July/August) and Navratri
Get There: Chandigarh is the nearest airport and Kiratpur Sahib is the nearest railhead.
Best Time to visit: May to October

According to the Hindu legends, that is the spot where the charred feet of Sati fell. The Pindi is the symbol of Sat’s eye being cutting off by Chakra of Lord Vishnu, when he was cutting away the pieces of Sati's dead body carried by Lord Shiva in his 'Tandava Nritya'. Thousands of pilgrims gather here every year around September to worship Goddess Parvati. This temple is situated on the Shivalik Mountain. The temple is the 52th Shaktipeeth of the India. There are three ways to reach this Temple at the top of Mountain that is Udan Khatola, Stairs and by newly developed road.
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