Important Temples of Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh also known as the Land of the Snow overflows with exotic flowers, snow-capped peaks and green hills, gushing streams. Himachal Pradesh is enormously beautiful. It also consist several temples and Buddhist monasteries.

Some Important Temples of Himachal Pradesh

Mashobra, dedicated to lord Shiva, is a wooden temple and is 11 km from Shimla. Another temple Mahunag Mandir, situated in Naldhera village is 15 km north of Mashobra.

There are also several interesting temples including the ancient Raghunath Temple. Some other important temples are the Purohit Mandir and the Sri Sat Narain Temple.

Bhimakali Temple, situated in Sarahan, is an ancient temple and is regarded as one of the finest examples of Himachal architecture. The two main temples are built in the form of towers, with lavishly carved overhanging upper storeys.

Kalpa, the fabulous mountain village, is the legendry winter home of Lord Shiva. It offers breathtaking views of Mt. Kinnaur Kailash. Here, the Narayan-Nagin Temple Complex includes shrines of Hindu, Buddhist and local deities.

Temple of Bajreshwari, situated in Kangra, is said that the legendary wealth of this temple, tempted dozens of invaders. The temple of Jwalamukhi, known as the goddess of light is situated 34 km south of Kangra. This is one of the most sacred sites in the Kangra Valley and is topped by a golden dome and spire.

About 46 km south-east of Dharamsala, is an important pilgrim centre, Baijnath. Baijnath Temple here is dedicated to Lord Shiva in his incarnation as Vaidyanath, Lord of the Physicians. This is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of India.

Chamba, 56 km from Dalhousie, is a picturesque village with narrow streets and ancient temples. The six shikara-style temples in the Lakshmi Narayan Complex feature exquisite sculptures. And the oldest temple in this group is of Lakshmi Narayan (Vishnu).

The Gauri Shankar Temple here is dedicated to Lord Shiva and has fine stone carvings of the Ganges and Yamuna Rivers personified as goddesses on either side of the door frame. Other important temples are Chamundi Devi Temple, Bajreshwari Devi Temple, Harirai Temple, Radha Krishna Temple and the Sitaram Temple.

Mandi with more than 80 temples of varying ages, scattered around the hillside is known as the Gateway to the Kullu Valley. Some important of them are: Bhutnath Temple, the 17th centuary Syamkali Temple (also called the Tarna Devi Temple), the Trilokinath and the Panjvaktra Temples.

Rewalsar Lake, 24 km south-west of Mandi, is of religious significance to Buddhists, Sikhs and Hindus. Basheshar Mahadev, the largest stone temple in the Kullu Valley is in the village of Bajaura about 15 km south of Kullu. It has fine carving and sculptures.

The Raghunath Temple in Kullu is dedicated to the principal god in the valley. Mannikaran, means ‘jewel from the ear’ is famous for its hot springs. It is a place revered by both Hindus and Sikhs. There is a monumental Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji Gurudwara here.

Naggar, known for its ancient temples, is a lovely little village and includes the Temple of Gauri Shankar, dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Chatur Bhuj Temple dedicated to Vishnu, the pagoda-like Tripura Sundari Devi Temple with its ornate carvings and the Muralidhar Krishna Temple.

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