(Last Updated on : 30/12/2014)
Himachal Pradesh is dotted with temples and monasteries, which eventually enhances the magnificence of the state whilst adding that little extra to its beauty.
Chamunda Devi Temple
The Chamunda Devi Temple located at a distance of 15 km from Dharamsala in the state of Himachal Pradesh is dedicated to Goddess Durga or Chamunda.
According to a legend, Hanuman, the faithful follower of Lord Rama rested at Jhakhu Hill after he had collected the mythical medicinal 'sanjivani' for Lakshmana.
Exactly located around 30 km south of the Kangra valley, this temple is dedicated to Goddess Jwalamukhi, the deity of Flaming Mouth.
Mata Chintpurni is believed to take all the worries and troubles away with her.
Naina Devi Temple
It is believed that Sati's eye fell at the place where this temple is situated.
It is considered as one of the significant Shakti Peethas of Shaivite Hindus.
Hidimba Devi Temple
The Hidimba Devi Temple situated at Manali is the chief center of interest.
A large number of devotees come from different parts of the country and pay their respect to the goddess.
According to the popular legend, Chaurasi Yogis visit Bharmour during the low of King Sahil Verman.
The Masrur Temple at Kangra in the state of Himachal Pradesh is famous for its rock cut structures.
Bhutnath temple is the focus in the month of March because of the celebration of Shivratri.
Lakshmi Narayan Temple
Raja Chhatra Singh, on the other hand, contributed the gilded pinnacles on the temple tops.
According to the legend, Ravana, the King of Lanka had worshipped Lord Shiva in the main Baijnath Temple.
Bijli Mahadev Temple
It is believed that every flash of lightening smashes to smithereens the Shiva Linga and the Priest restores it again with butter and satoo.
The Hatkoti Temple complex consists of a main temple dedicated to Durga.
Legend states that Guru Govind Singh lost an ornament that he wore on his foot called a 'paonta' while bathing in the waters of Yamuna.
Brajeshwari Devi Temple
Emperor Akbar visited the temple with his Dewan, Toder Mal and restored its former grandeur.
Mandi, one of the beautiful towns of Himachal Pradesh boasts the rare Ardhanari image with superior carvings.
It has Buddhist scriptures in Bhoti language and relics in the shape of paintings and sculptures as its belongings.
Guru Ghantal Monastery
Along with numerous other lamas, there are idols of Padmasambhava and Brajeshwari Devi.
This monastery located at Dharamshala in the state of Himachal Pradesh is also known by the name of Namgyal Dratsang.
It was from here only that Padmasambhava set out to spread his religion in the land of Tibet.
Beautiful Thangka paintings, musical instruments and old weapons are to be found in the monastery.
Deva Gyatsho carried out the work of renovation and gave it the present structure.
The monastery boasts a twelve feet tall statue of Padmasambhava, hundred million Mani wheels, which turn by it on extremely sacred events.
Thang Yug Gompa
The monastery is associated with the Sa-kya-pa sect of Buddhists and is well known for its historical significance.