Chamunda Devi Temple, Dalhousie
Words are not enough to describe the beauty of the Chamunda Devi Temple, which is situated on the banks of the stunning Baner River. It is known to be one of the most famous temples of the region and is believed to be 750 years old. The Chamunda Devi Temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali, who is the ferocious incarnation of Goddess Durga Devi. The exquisite location of this temple makes it one of the most unique and must visit destinations in Dalhousie. Surrounded by dense and tall pine and Deodar trees and majestic mountains , the Chamunda Temple attracts tourists in large numbers. The tourists visiting the temple can also enjoy the beautiful sights of the mountains and the woody forests of Lahl and Pathiar, which surround the whole area.
Going back to the history of the temple, it is said that this is the same place where Goddess Ambika killed the two demons, Munda and Chanda, in a fight that continued for thousands of years. The statue of the deity in this temple is wrapped in a red cloth, so that the devotees don't touch the deity. The temple also holds a boulder, which depicts the presence of Lord Shiva in the form of a stone lingam. There are several images of other gods and goddesses in the temple and the tourists can see them and capture the images to lock the memories forever.
This famous temple of Ma Chamunda is loacated in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh and is only a few kilometers away from Dalhousie. One can easily take a bus or a direct taxi to reach the spot and worship the idol of Goddess Durga and Lord Shiva.
There is nothing extra-ordinary about the architecture of the temple, but the divine aura spellbinds the devotees with its spiritual appeal. The images of Lord Bhairav and Lord Hanuman are kept in the main shrine along with other images of other gods. The main image of Goddess Durga is visible from the main entrance and is draped in rich clothes. Inside the temple, there is a marble staircase beside the main shrine that takes you down to the cave of Lord Shiva.
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