(Last Updated on : 19/09/2019)
of Himachal Pradesh
in the northern India
is a tourist hotspot. With its wide range of locations for sightseeing, trekking
, river rafting
and ice skating
, the temples of Himachal Pradesh also form an important aspect of the state. Nicknamed as the Abode of Gods, the state has numerous temples
that attracts tourists and facilitates tourism
. Discussed elaborately below are some of the most important and popular temples of Himachal Pradesh:
is located in Tira Sujanpur
in the district of Hamirpur
. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva
and his consort Parvati
. It was established in the year 1802 by Rani Prasanna Devi, the wife of Maharaja Sansar Chand. The noteworthy aspects of this temple are the Bhitti style of architecture
Chamunda Devi Temple
Chamunda Devi Temple
is situated about 10 km from Palampur
District. This temple is dedicated to Chamunda
Devi, who is the mother goddess of the people of Himachal Pradesh. Within the temple complex is a cave shrine that shelters a Shiva Lingam
under a boulder. The temple is believed to be more than 400 years old and besides a water pool, overflowing with the stream water, are statues of Lord Shiva and Goddess Saraswati
Bil Kaleshwar Temple
Bil Kaleshwar Temple is located on Nadaun- Sujanpur road at the confluence of River Beas
and Kunah Khad. This temple is almost 400 years old and is dedicated to Lord Shiva, who is represented in the temple in the form of Shiva Lingam.
is located in Shimla
at a height of about 8500 ft. This temple serves as a home to an elephantine statue of Lord Hanuman
. More specifically, this figure has a height of about 108 ft and is a major attraction in Shimla.
is situated in Manali
and is dedicated to Hidimba
Devi, who is recognized as the wife of Pandava
. This temple was constructed around a cave amidst a thick forest
. It is considered to be one of the most famous temples of Manali and is a popular tourist attraction.
is located in Sarahan
which is at distance of about 180 km from Shimla. This wooden temple, which presents a unique combination of the Buddhist
and Hindu temples
, is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas
of India. The intricate wood carvings of this temple draw the attention of tourists.
Panch Vakreta Temple
Panch Vakreta Temple is situated in Mandi
at the confluence of Beas and Suketi Rivers. It has a five faced image of Lord Shiva. This temple is a fine representation of the Shikhara style of architecture. The Archeological Survey of India
has named it a national heritage monument
Baba Balaknath Temple
Another of the popular temples of Himachal Pradesh, the Baba Balaknath temple is a cave temple situated in the Chakmoh district. This cave temple is carved out of a rock and dedicated to Baba Balaknath, who was a great devotee of the Hindu deity Lord Shiva. Tourists throng to this temple, especially during the time of Navratri
, which is celebrated with much enthusiasm.
Also known as Jwalaji, the Jwalamukhi Temple
is situated to the south of the Kangra Valley and is dedicated to the Hindu Goddess
, Jwalamukhi, deity with a blazing mouth. One of the noted attractions of the place is a copper pipe, out of which flames emerge. There are nine similar flames in the chamber of the temple, named after different goddesses including Mahakali, Unpurna, Chandi, Hinglaj, Bindhya Basni, Maha Lakshmi, Saraswati, Ambika and Anji Devi.
Other than these, some of the other popular temples of Himachal Pradesh are the Chintpurni Temple
, Maa Sharvari Temple, Vashisht Temple etc.