A Yatra to Chamund Devi temple in Himachal

CHAMUNDA DEVI JI – चामुण्डा देवी-  शक्तिपीठ This is the holy shrine of ‘SHIVA’  and ‘SHAKTI’ ‘ and is known as “Chamunda  Nandikeshwar Dham’.  Situated at a height of 1000m...

CHAMUNDA DEVI JI – चामुण्डा देवी-  शक्तिपीठ

Davi darshan tour, Chamunda Devi

Chamunda Devi temple complex, Himachal Pradesh

This is the holy shrine of ‘SHIVA’  and ‘SHAKTI’ ‘ and is known as “Chamunda  Nandikeshwar Dham’.  Situated at a height of 1000m above sea-level, Chamunda Devi temple is a famous tourists destination of Himachal Pradesh.  Overlooked by the majestic Dhouldhar mountain  ranges, the temple is rightly situated on the bank of river Ban Ganga.   According to the mythology this is the place where the two great demons ‘Chand’ and ‘Mund’ came to fight with goddess and goddess appeared in the form of Kali and killed both the demons.    When ‘Kalika’ presented the heads of ‘Chand ‘ and ‘Mund’  to the goddess Amba, from whose prowess Kalika was created, then the goddess became happy.  She gave a boon to Kalika that  she will be remembered and worshipped as Chamunda.

Chamunda Devi is worshiped daily while the sermons include ‘Aartis’ at intervals. Reciting the hymn of ‘Shat Chandi’  at this temple is considered auspicious.   In the corner of the temple, near the entrance in main hall of the temple one can see small footsteps of the Goddess on a stone. Besides the main shrine, there is a  staircase that takes down to the cave of Lord Shiva. This is a cave-like scoop where Shiva Lingam is placed.  People visit this cave and worship Lord Shiva with great devotion.    Here, Lord Shiva is believed to have been present in the form of death, destruction and dead bodies. One can also observe ancestral worship near the banks of Ban Ganga River.    In the vicinity of this temple, there is a cremation ground that serves to 22 villages of the nearby areas.    In the temple complex, there is a huge pond with images of Lords and people can take bath here as well as in the river Banner.

Chamunda Devi temple is about 17  km in east of Dharamshala and about 29 km west of Palampur,  on the Banner river in district Kangra, Himachal Pradesh.  This temple is built during the 16th century  and dedicated to Chamunda Devi – a form of Shakti.   During the time of Navratras, the temple is crowded by large number of devotes from the nearby states  especially Punjab; U.P. as well as Delhi.

Distance from CHAMUNDA DEVI TEMPLE    TO   ………….
CHANDIGARH  …  260 Km
DELHI                  520 Km
JWALA JI             60 Km
CHINTAPURNI DEVI TEMPLE 79 Km
NAINA DEVI TEMPLE      185 Km
AMRITSAR                          220 Km
VAJRESHWARI DEVI         28 Km

One  can reach Chamunda Devi Temple by regular Bus Service or by hiring Taxis from Kangra, Himachal Pradesh.  There is a  frequent bus service by  Himachal Pradesh Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) from Pathankot  to Chamunda Devi ( 99 km).   Also one can reach by train from Pathankot.

Davi Darshan tour, Chamunda Himachal Pradesh

Chamunda Devi temple complex, Himachal Pradesh

 

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