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Bajreshwari or Brajeshwari temple is located in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, India. Brajeshwari devi mandir is dedicated to Vajreshwari Devi.Vajreshvari devi temple is also linked with some ancient stories of Mahabharata. History of Brajeshwari temple is linked with Devi sati, Shiva and Lord Vishnu.
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Brajeshvari Temple,Kangra

Location of Brajeshwari Temple

Brajeshwari temple is located in Nagarakot ,Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, India.
Distance from Railway station: 11 km
Distance from Chamunda Devi Temple: 16km
Kangra fort is also near Brajeshwari temple in Nagarakot , Kangra district.

History of Brajeshwari Devi Mandir

There are two stroies which are associated with maa Vajreshwari Temple. One is about Devi sati and other story is about Mahabharata.
* According to legends when Devi sati sacrificed her life in his father Daksha's Yagya, Shiva starts Tandava by picking maa sati on his shoulder. Lord Vishnu cuts her body in 51 pieces so called as 51 shaktipeeths. Legends says that her left breast fell at this place , so this is one of shaktipeeths like Chintpurni and Naina Devi temple.
* Other story about temple is associated with Pandava and Mahabharata. According to legends,Brajeshwari temple was built by Pandva's after they saw Maa Durga in their dreams.

Structure of Brajeshwari temple

Brajeshvari Temple is surrounded by a wall of Stone and entrance of Mandir is Drum house.
Idol of maa Vajreshwari Devi is in shape of Pindi. It is said that Dhyanu Bhagat offered his head to devi maa at the time of Akbar. So his idol is also present in front of Vajreshwari Devi idol.
Structure of temple is quite unique as there are three tombs in temple, which is rarely seen in temples in Himachal Pradesh.

Weather in Brajeshwari temple

Temperature in Kangra district or near Brajeshwari temple is quite high during summers , and chilling in winters( December - February).

Interesting facts about Brajeshvari Temple

  • This temple is one of the 51 shaktipeeths, as devi Sati's left breast fell in this place.
  • Maa Vajreshwari Devi idol is in shape of 'Pindi'.
  • 'Dhyanu Bhagat' idol is also present in temple.
  • There is also a small 'Bhairav' temple in temple complex.
  • There are three tombs in Devi Brajeshwari temple.
  • Pandva's built this temple after they saw Maa Durga in dreams.
  • Several Muslim emperor's looted this temple.
  • Mohammed Gajnavi looted temple Atleast 5 times and looted tonnes of gold and silver.
  • In 1905 temple was destroyed in earthquake and government built it again.
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    Idol of Maa Brajeshwari

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Vajreshwari Devi Pindi
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Festivals in Brajeshwari temple

Several festivals are celebrated in Vajreshwari such as Navratre, Makar Sankranti, Diwali , dusshera etc. 
But Makar Sankranti is biggest festival in temple. This festival continues for full week and 'Pindi' of maa Brajeshwari is covered with Makkhan(butter) as it is said that during fight with Mahishasura, Devi maa got some injuries. So she put Makkhan on her body to heel it.

Places to visit Near Brajeshwari temple|Tourist places

  1. Kangra fort
  2. Kareri Lake
  3. Kangra art museum
  4. Jawala devi temple
  5. Baijnath temple
  6. Pragpur village
  7. Kaleshwar Mahadev Pragpur
  8. Taragarh palace
  9. Palampur
  10. Bir & billing

How to reach Brajeshwari temple?

  • Road Transportation
Devotees can reach temple by road Transport as government and private bus service is available. Taxi services is also available to reach temple.
  • Railway Transportation
Nearest Railway station: Kangra railway station(11 km)
  • Airport Transportation
Nearest Airport : Gaggal Airport
Chintpurni Devi Temple is one of 7 major and 51 Shaktipeeths located in Una District of Himachal Pradesh. Temple is dedicated to maa chinnamasta. Chinnamastika Devi temple is surrounded by Shivalik ranges and bordered area with Punjab state.
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Maa Chintpurni Devi

Location of Chintpurni Temple

Chintpurni temple is located at an altitude of about 950 m, and is situated at Una  District of Himachal Pradesh.
From west of Bharwain (at Dharmashala- Hoshiyarpur road) ,maa chintpurni temple is at 3 km distance.

History of Chintpurni Temple

  • History of Chintpurni temple is quite similar to the history of Maa naina devi temple , when Devi Sati's burning body was severed by Lord Vishnu, 51 Parts of body scattered all over India to calm Shiva's Tandava. It is said that feet of maa sati feel at this place, so this temple is considered among 7 major and 51 Shaktipeeths in India.
  • Maa Chintpurni is also called as Chinnamastishka (Mastishka is related to head). According to Markendya Purana , goddess Chandi cut her head to quench yogini emanations (jaya and Vijaya)'s thirst of blood.
  • It is believed that a Brahman Mai das built this temple in Chhaproh village. His descendants still live there and worship maa Chintpurni , they are official priests of temple.

Timings of Chintpurni Temple

Maa Chintpurni Temple is opened between 4 am to 11 pm.
Devotees bring puri, halwa, sweets , coconut and Chunri etc. Devotees can bring prasad from home as well as market near Chintpurni Temple.
Professional photographers are also available in temple for devotees.

Weather of Chintpurni Temple

Temperature near Chintpurni Temple changes according to the season.
During December to February temperature is very low and woollen clothes are required.
During summer temperature is quite high whereas in rainy season its very humid.

Facilities provided in Temple

There are lots of Hotels , Dharamshala as well as guests house near temple. But during festival times it's almost full specially during Navaratra fairs in July, Ashwin during October and Chaitra in March and April.
Hotel Chintpurni Heights also known as Yatri niwas, is run by Himachal tourism located at Bharwain ,3 km distance from Chintpurni Temple.

Places to visit near Chintpurni temple

*  Sheetla Devi temple
*  Jawalamukhi temple
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Naina Devi temple
*  Sujanpur Tira
*  Baba Balaknath Sidhpeeth

How to reach Maa Chintpurni Mandir?

Devi Chintpurni Temple can be reached by all means , Air, road as well as Railway Transportation.
Road Transport : Bus and taxi services are available to reach Devi Chintpurni Temple.
Air Transport:
Nearest Airport: Gaggal is nearest Airport located at Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. It is located at a distance of around 60 km from Maa Chinnamastishka Mandir.
Railway Transportation
Nearest Railway station: nearby railway station Amb Andaura (station code AADR) , whereas other stations are Una and Hoshiyarpur which are located at a distance of around 43 km and 50 km respectively.

Interesting facts about maa Chintpurni temple

[lock] - Chintpurni devi is also called as Chinnamastika Devi and Chinnamasta devi.
- Chinnamasta is severed-headed one as well as the foreheaded-one.
- Shiva and Rudra Lord protect maa Chintpurni as temple of maa Chintpurni is surrounded by Lord Rudra and shiva temples.
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Chintpurni Temple from inside
- Devotees can reach temple by Himachal express, Jan shatabadi as well as DMU Shuttle Train Service trains.
- In year 2012, snowfall was recorded after 52 years in Chintpurni temple.
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Himachal pradesh is also known as devbhoomi, and capital shimla have so many spiritual places specially temples. One of famous temple on which famous song ' chal rampur chal meri sajni' is made , that temple of Sri bhima kali is located at Rampur bushehar in shimla district, Himachal Pradesh.
This temple is one of popular temple of Hindu religion people. A new temple was made in year 1943 inside this temple.
Many stories are hidden in history of bhima kali temple.
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History of Shri bhima kali temple

There are two major stories behind temple of bhima kali temple sarahan.
First is that this princely state of bushehar was ruled by Banasur. Banasur and lord Krishna had fight and head of demon Banasur was buried just in front of temple gate.
The second story behind this place is about Devi sati. During Daksha-Yajna devi sati's ear fell here. After that incident this is a spiritual place for Hindu people and community.
In the new building of Maa bhima kali there is an idol of maa parvati.

Architecture of Bhima kali temple

Bhima kali temple architecture is quite different from Hindu temples. This temple is made in Tibetian and Buddhism style.
Atleast one hour is required to enter temple complex from grounds of bhima kali temple complex.

Praying or Aarti timing in Bhima kali temple

There are 4 timing in a day of pray in  shri Bhima kali ji temple bushehar. These are
1. 6 am & 7:30 am in summer and winter respectively
2.  8 am & 9: 30
3 Noon time (local food is offered to maa )
4. During last Aarti, shalokas from the holy books are chanted.
Most important thing to know about temple is that temple is only opened during Aarti time ,rest it is closed.
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Best time to visit Bhimakali kali temple

During summer temperature is very pleasant in area whereas in winter temperature drops so much. Visitors may need woollen jackets and clothes during winter so summer is best time to visit as temperature is between 20-30 degrees Celsius.

Accommodation facilities in Bhimakali Temple

There is proper a accommodation to stay in bushehar in Bhimakali Temple. Some of places are
1. Temple rest house
To stay in temple rest house permission of Sub division officer of Bushehar i.e. SDM is needed.
Types of rooms available are
The types of rooms:
- 6 VIP rooms with balconies (Double Bed)
- 6 ordinary rooms (double bed)
- 2 dormitories with 14 beds
2. Forest rest house
There is also a forest rest house to stay for devotees and it is at a distance of just 5 km from temple.
Booking to stay in forest rest house can be done at the office of DFO.
3. Public work department circuit house
Public work department or Pwd also provides accommodation to stay. Booking can be done at the office of PWD in Rampur bushehar.

Important contacts for the ease to visit Bhimakali Temple

DC (Commissioner Temple) - 0177 265 3535
S.D.M (Vice Chairman of Temple Trust of Rampur)- 01782 233 002 (office),01782 233 030 (Residence)
- Temple Officer -  02782 234054
- Temple Manager - 01782 274248 (for accommodation booking)

How to reach Bhimakali temple?

- Road transportation
NH - 22 is available for Rampur bushehar and 180 km from shimla.
To reach temple facilities of HRTC buses ,private buses and taxi services is available.
- Air Transportation
Nearest Airport - Jubbarhati Airport shimla
- Railway Transportation
Nearest Railway station - Shimla railway station.
Hidimba Devi Temple also popularly knows as Dhungri temple and Hadimba Temple is located in Manali. Hadimba Temple Manali is one of the religious temple in Himachal Pradesh.
Hidimba Temple is dedicated to devi Hidimbi. Temple is covered with forest and was built in 1553.
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Devi Hidimba Temple

History

The hidimba Temple is dedicated to devi hidimba who was wife of one of Pandav Bheema during Mahabharata time. Devi Hidimba temple is built around the cave where Devi Hidimba used to mediate . She was from a 'Rakshas' family and she had a brave, strong and fearless brother Hidimb.
It is said that Devi Hidimba had vowed that one who will defeat his strong fearless brother Hidimb. She will marry to that person.
One of Pandav ,Bheema when visited Manali, during Pandva's exile, he killed Devi Hidimba's brother Hidimb.
So Devi Hidimba married to Bheema and gave birth to a son named 'Ghatotkach'.
    Temple of hidimba Devi was built in year 1553 by kullu king Raja Bahadur Singh.

Design and Architecture

Hidimba Temple is built with very beautiful design and architecture.
The temple of Hadimba devi is four story of wooden architecture, with a wooden 'shikhar' which is 24m long. This 'shikhar' or tower consists of 3 square roofs.The Hidimba temple base is made out of whitewashed, mud-covered stonework.
Around 70 m away from temple there is shrine which is dedicated to Bheema and hidimba son 'Ghatotkach'.
There is a massive rock inside the temple and said goddess hidimba used to meditate on it.
There is 7.5 cm long brass image which represent devi hidimba.

Location

Hidimba temple is located near Manali market, it is at a walkable distance from Manali Bazaar. Hidimba temple is around 3 km from Manali bus stand.

Interesting facts about temple

- 4 story wooden architecture and 24 m long tower
- 7.5 cm brass image represents devi hidimba.
- There is no idol inside temple, only footprints of goddess Hidimba is located.
- Area near Temple when seen by Google Satellite, the imprint of a giant foot spanning across the valley in the area near the temple can be seen.

Places to visit near Temple

1. Ghatotkach Temple
2. Dalhousie
3. Kullu
4. Nanda Devi national park
5. Rishikesh

Best time to visit Hidimba Temple

Best time to visit Hidimba Temple is during summer time ,it's cool even during summer time. Temperature is between 0 to 30 degree .
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How to reach Hidimba Temple ?

Tourist and visitors can reach Hidimba Temple by road transport.
Train transport : shimla
Air port : Bhuntar

Hatkoti

Hatkoti 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.
hatkoti temple jubbal rohru

History

There 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 hateshwari

Maa 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.

Location

Hatkoti 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 Temple

Shimla 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

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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 temple

There 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 Temple

Hatkoti 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.