HatkotiHatkoti Temple one of the religious temple of himachal and center of attraction for tourists. Hatkoti Temple is located in Hatkoti(Jubbal),around 100 km from shimla, capital of himachal pradesh.This temple is dedicated to lord shiva and goddess Durga called as maa hateshwari.It is believed that this is spot where the gods fought a Battle.There is also a temple of shiva.
HistoryThere is no specific history of hatkoti temple, But Some people believe this temple was made by adi shankaracharya
.Some believe it was established in Third era due to some scripted stones of Gupta age's have been found different places of this historic place.
But the most important thing about this temple is believe that it was made during Mahabharata period, And some proof of this believe can be seen while entering temples premises. There are five stone called 'Deols' in hindi and pahari. This is believed that the temple was used by "pancha pandva's" as their toy houses.
In the temple complex there are a kirtan ghar and a rest house.
About Maa hateshwariMaa hateshwari is one of the most powerful goddess of Hindu Religion. Bhagwat Gita also describes about maa hateshwari
"Hateswari(Shakti of Hateshwar) and hence this place is known as Hateswari, one of the main residences of Shiva and Shakti."
The shrine houses a beautiful idol of the goddess in bronze. The idol represents the goddess with ten arms, riding a lion, holding weapons and lotus flower and killing the demon Mahishasura.
LocationHatkoti temple is located around 100 km from shimla ,3-5 km from sawra and 10 km from Rohru.This temple is located at 31.101°N 77.711°E. It has an average elevation of 1,440. Hatkoti is situated along river Pabbar.
Best time to visit Hatkoti TempleShimla tour for a person would remain incomplete this wonderful temple with lot of mysterious believe.
Best time to visit temple is march to october, however temperature keeps changing with time here.whereas in November to February the place become so cool, still its good to visit here and experience of snowfall.
Timing of Hatkoti temple
Temple remains open from morning 6 am to 10 pm at night.The photography is free within temple premises.
Interesting Fact About Maa Hateshwari
It is said in Himachal and Rohru jubbal area that maa hatkoti idol changes its expression according to time,sometimes smiling and sometimes anger on her face. People in this region relates it with mood of nature.
Events Celebrated in Hatkoti templeThere are a lot of events(fairs and festivals) celebrated in this temple.But some of them are
1.Chaitra Navratra during April
2.Ashwin Navratra During October.
Fairs are organised time to time to worship maa shakti durga.Thousands of devotees visits temple and offers Halwa(Prasad) and flowers to worship maa Durga in Form of maa "Vaishnavi"
How to Reach Hatkoti TempleHatkoti is situated along pabbar river at a distance of around 105 km from states capital.Tourists can reach temple by road, via kotkhai, khadapathar, jubaal. There is proper facility of buses and taxi transportation.
Nearest Railway station: Shimla
Nearest Airport: Shimla.