Himachal Pradesh is one of the best tourist destinations in India which is popularly known as “Dev Bhoomi”. The place is visited by thousands of tourists round the year from all over the world. The state of Himachal Pradesh makes a prominent place in India tourism. Some call it paradise while some call it’s a slice of heaven, Himachal Pradesh is indeed a place for which even Gods will fall. Associated with many mythological stories, Himachal Pradesh is filled with many temples which are associated one or other story.
People on their north India tourism love visiting the shrines and temples. Thus we have brought to you a consolidated list of best temples in Himachal Pradesh that will prove why this state deserves to be called as the Land of Gods.
- Temples in Shimla
- Temples in Manali
- Temples in Bilaspur
- Temples in Hamirpur
- Temples in Kinnaur
1. TEMPLES IN SHIMLA
1. Sankat Mochan Temple
Dedicated to Lord Hanuman, this temple is one of the most auspicious temples in North India. People on their Shimla tours love visiting this temple and seek blessings of the Lord Hanuman. Earlier the temple was merely a small shrine but today it is having three stories filled with a horde of devotees from all over the world. One can also avail the health ideas from the Ayurvedic clinic in temple.
2. Tara Devi Temple
This is one of the oldest temples in Shimla which dates back around 250 years. The temple is believed to be the Kull Deity of Sen Dynast. It is situated on the Kalka-Shimla Highway near Shoghi. The temple was initially built on the land near the present day temple late it was shifted to the hill top of Tara Parvat where it is present till date. It was shifted on the hill to denote that Goddess is looking at everyone and everything. During Navratra the temple will reach at its grandeur filled with horde of people, fairs, canopies and many attractive decorative shops.
3. Jakhoo Temple
Famous for the huge Hanuman idol, Jakhoo Temple in Shimla is the most popular Hanuman temple which is located at a height of 8500 ft. This temple and its idol make an important town’s landmark. The Jakhoo Temple is associated with a famous legend of Ramayana. Legend has, Hanuman on a mission of collecting Sanjeevni herb stopped here in the search. Located on the Shimla’s highest peak, travellers from hill can enjoy the spectacular views of Shivalik Ranges which would surely enhance your Shimla Tour Packages.
2. TEMPLES IN MANALI
1. Hidimba Devi Temple
Associated with Indian Epic Mahabharata, the Hidimba Devi Temple is a charm of Manali Tourism. People on their visit to Manali always pay visit to this temple. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Hidimba; it is believed that Hidimba was the consort of Bhima, one of the strongest Pandava brothers. The temple is built around a cave amidst a thick forest. It is believed the place where temple is situated these days is the same place where Devi Hidimba meditated, prayed and did penance. Temple major attractions includes wooden carving and 24m tall tower above the sanctuary and much more.
2. Maa Sharvari Temple
The temple of Maa Sharvari is another major temple dedicated to goddess. If you would ever been to Manali do not miss visit this beautiful temple. The main deity of this temple is believed to be the Kula Devi of Kullu rulers. Reckoned as the manifestation of Goddess Durga, Maa Sharvari is worship for health, wealth and fortune. Having Beas River on the left of temple, travellers can visit this temple during the Dusshera festival.
3. Vashisht Temple
The temple of Vashisht is quite famous for the natural sulphur spring. This temple is located in the Vashisht village which is situated about 3 km from Manali. Legend has that sage Vashisht used to meditate here and thus the temple is also dedicated to him. The natural spring here is categorized in two parts provided for men and women to avoid the chaos. Vashisht Temple is a major tourist attraction that completes the Manali Tours.
3. TEMPLES IN BILASPUR
1. Naina Devi Ji
One of the most significant Shakti peetha, the Naina Devi temple in Himachal Pradesh is very famous among the travellers around the world. The temple is dedicated to Naina Devi who is considered as the incarnation of Goddess Durga. Legend has that when Lord Shiva was carrying the burnt corpse of Sati; eyes of Sati fell here and thus established a Shakti Peetha. The temple at Shakti Peetha was built by Raja Bir Chand in 8th century.
2. Nahar Singh Dhaulra
Dedicated to Baba Nahar Singh, a highly revered saint, the temple is filled by the presence of devotees in a high number. The temple is located on the bank of Gobind Sagar lake and is surrounded by many temple other temples which makes this temple more prominent among travellers on their temple tourism in India. Devotee visit here in this temple comes with all devotion and seek his blessings.
3. Vyas Gufa
Listed among the oldest temples in Bilaspur, Vyas Gufa is dedicated to most prestigious sage from Mahabharata era, namely Veda Vyasa who wrote the Indian epic Mahabharat. The temple is located on the bank of Satluj River amidst the new and old town of Bilaspur. Legend has in this cave Sage Vyasa did his penance in this place. Very few know but on its formation, Bilaspur was also known as Vyaspur thus this temple indeed has a religious importance.
4. TEMPLES IN HAMIRPUR
1. Narvadeshwar Temple
This is one of the most famous Hamirpur temples which are located in the lap of the town. This divine shrine is located in tira Sujanpur and was built by Rani Prasanna Devi in 1802. This beautiful temple is pure dedication to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. The major attractions of this temple are the murals and the antique paintings which makes this temple a visit shrine in Himachal Pradesh. The Bhitti architectural style adds charm to the temple.
2. Bil-Kaleshwar Temple
The Bil-Kaleshwar Temple in Bilaspur is known as the most sacred temple of Bilaspur which is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. The idol of Lord Shiva in the temple is in the form of lingam. The architecture of the temple is a finest example of the architectural marvel. Legend has that the temple was commissioned by the heroes of Indian epic Mahabharata. Unfortunately the construction remains incomplete and later the temple was completed by the king of Katoch dynasty. The present architecture of the temple is believed to be as old as 400 years.
3. Baba Balak Nath Temple
Listed among the most famous Himachal Pradesh temples, Baba Balaknath Temple is a prominent Shiva temple which is throng by huge number of devotees every year. People during their north India tours can take a visit to this temple. This cave temple has been carved out of a rock. The cave here is believed as the abode of Baba Balaknath. One thing a traveller must take care of is that, the entry of the females is restricted in this temple. During Holi festival huge fair is organized here which is worth visiting and experiencing.
5. TEMPLES IN KINNAUR
1. Chandika Temple
One of the prominent goddess temples, the Chandika temple is situated in Kothi in Sairag. Goddess Chandika is reckoned as the most powerful deity in Kinnaur. The idol of Goddess Chandika is made up of gold and is swung on a palanquin by four devotees. The architecture of the temple is having wooden architecture and is having silver plated doors.
2. Mathi Temple
Nestled in the last village of India, Chitkul the Mathi temple is one of them most prominent temples among all the three Mathi temples. The village is located at the Indo-China border at an altitude of 3500 m. The temple is dates back to 500 years with wood. Dedicated to Devi, the temple is most prestigious Devi temples in India. It is believed after Devi arrived in Chitkul to make her abode, the village stated to proper and hence this made an important deity here.
Some Other Major Temples in Himachal Pradesh
1. Bhootnath Temple – Dedicated to Lord Shiva
2. Triloknath Temple – Oldest Shiva temple in Mandi
3. Panch Vakreta Temple – Fitted with five faced image of Lord Shiva
4. Jwala Devi Temple – Prominent Shakti peetha dedicated to Goddess Durga
5. Chintpurni Temple – It is a Shakti peeta where forehead of Sati fell.
6. Chamunda Devi Temple – Prominent Durga Temple
7. Bhimkali Temple – It is one of the Shakti peetha where the ear of Sati fell.