Himachal Pradesh is considered to be the crown of North India and is also famous for its spiritual value. The most dominant presence that is worshipped here consists of Devis and goddesses making it a prime destination for Shaktipeeth Darshan. People from all over the world flock here to worship the various forms of goddess Shakti. Here are the 9 of the most significant Devi Mandir which are held at a very high accord and explored by devotees and visitors from all over the world.
Here are the 9 of the most famous and spiritual 9 Devi Darshan Temples in this scenic hills of Himachal Pradesh:
Naina Devi Temple, Bilaspur
This beautiful temple in Himachal Pradesh is one of the most famous pilgrimage destination for Shakti worship in India. As the name suggests this place is worshipped to the goddess where her eyes are worshipped. People looking for the blessings of Mata Durga make their way to this temple to seek her blessings and it also springs to life during the auspicious days of Shravan Ashtami, Ashwin, Navratri and Chaitra. People trek their way up to this hillock of Mata Rani, while simultaneously chanting her name to give them the much needed spiritual rejuvenation they need to complete the journey. From here you will also be able to savour some of the most fantastic views of the surrounding which will definitely be an inspiring moment for you and you will feel the power of the higher power above closely.
Best Time to Visit – March to June and September to November
Temple Timings – 4 am to 10 pm
How to Reach – Connected by the NH 21 and Chandigarh is the nearest airport from here. Can be easily accessed through a car journey from Chandigarh or New Delhi. The last leg can be covered by Palki ride or by trekking your way up.
Things to Do – Visit Gobind Sagar Lake, Koldam Dam, Bhakra Dam, Laxmi Narayan Mandir, Markandeya Temple etc.
Chamunda Devi Temple, Kangra
Named after the 2 demons that was killed by the goddess this ancient temple is located in the beautiful hill destination of west Palampur. Located on the banks of River Baner and was built around 400 years ago after having appeared in the dream of a very prominent Brahmin priest. The story of the installation of the sacred idol within the Garbha Griha here has a very interesting story of how the goddess had instructed the priest to the place where the idol would be found and how he could lift it up and install it. Flanked by the images of lord hanuman and Bhairav Devta on either sides of the idol, this place is extremely sacred and located in a very awe inspiring spot. Ever since its establishment in the 16th century the temple has attracted a throng of pilgrims and devotees from all over the world.
Best Time to Visit – Mid June to late October
Temple Timings – 5 am to 12 noon / 1 pm to 10 pm
How to Reach – People can easily reach the temple by hiring private cab services and taxis from Palampur or Dharamshala. Nearest railway station is 30 kms from the temple at Palampur. From Dharamshala it is 55 kms from the temple.
Things to Do – Kangra Fort, Nagarkot Fort, Achar Kund, Bajreshwari Mata Temple etc.
Tara Devi Temple, Shimla
Situated at an accessible distance of 11 kms from Shimla bus stand and surrounded by thick lush forests of pine, oak and rhododendrons offering some of the most interesting and panoramic views of the surroundings. Apart from the obvious spiritual presence it is famous for its clean and rejuvenating environment. The legend of this temple’s creation goes back to the time when Goddess Tara had travelled all the way to Himachal Pradesh from Bengal and installed herself here as the permanent abode of the goddess. If you are someone who seeks spirituality and peace during their travel then this is an ideal place to be. The temple is kept at a very high accord for every Mata devotee and enables you to feel the power of the goddess in all her might.
Best Time to Visit – March to June / October and November
Temple Timings – 7 am to 6:30 pm
How to Reach – 22 kms of driving distance from the nearest airport from Jubbarhatti airport; the nearest railway station is the Shimla railway station from where one could hire a taxi or a cab service.
Things to Do – Visit places like Christ church, the glen, Chindi, Annandale, Tattapani, summer hill, Fagu etc.
Sheetla Devi Temple, Una District
Located in close proximity to Chintpurni Devi temple in the district of Una in Himachal Pradesh this temple is a very highly acclaimed place of Shakti worship in India. As the name suggests this place is where pilgrims and devotees visit to worship the Sheetla Devi incarnation of Shakti. It is said that by obtaining her blessings you shall be bestowed with lifelong prosperity and success. Perched beautifully on top of a hill this place guarantees a memorable experience and the warm, welcoming and helpful local resident here makes this experience worthwhile. This is a must visit place if you are visiting Una in Himachal Pradesh with your family for a spiritually active sacred place.
Best Time to Visit – March to early July / October to February
Temple Timings – 4 am to 10 pm
How to Reach – It is situated on Talwara road and can be reached by a travel journey of 10 minutes from Chintpurni temple
Things to Do – Visit Chintpurni temple, Thaneek Pura, Dera Baba Bharbhag Singh, Dhyunsar Mahadev temple etc.
Jwala Ji Temple, Kangra District
Jwala Devi is worshipped as the goddess of fire or Agni and is one of the fiercest forms of Durga Maa. Located in the lower Himalayan region in a town named Jwalamukhi this temple is extremely highly revered among the worshippers of Shakti. The temple is created using the same traditional ways in which every Jwala temple is created i.e. using a square shaped central pit which is a hollowed out stone within which a flame keeps burning which also acts as a presiding deity here. This flame also signifies sati’s tongue that had fallen here and later on turned into flame.
Best Time to Visit – August / September to April to June
Temple Timings – 5 am to 10 pm (summer) / 6 am to 9 pm (winter)
How to Reach – 30 km from southern Kangra / nearest railway station is Pathankot which is 114 kms away from the temple.
Things to Do – Baijnath temple, Kareri Lake, Bajreshwari temple, Indrahar pass trek, view Dhauladhar ranges etc.
Chintpurni Devi Temple, Una District
Situated in the sacred district of Una in Himachal Pradesh, Chintpurni Devi Mandir is one of the holiest shrines of goddess worship in this state. Devotees have been regularly been visiting this temple since the ancient ages as a part of their pilgrimage for Shaktipeeth. It is said that people seeking blessings from the goddess get relieved from all the worldly problems and concerns persisting in their life. It is said that people seeking blessings from the goddess in w true manner get their wishes granted and their life changes. The temple was established by ace and prominent Pandit named Pandit Mai das almost 12 generations ago and his descendants continue to be the head priests and reside in these parts as well.
Best Time to Visit – March to May / August to October
Temple Timings – 4 am to 11 pm
How to Reach – Chandigarh to Chintpurni is easily reachable by road and also from any part of Himachal.
Things to Do – Visit pong dam, Thaneek Pura, Kaleshwar, Kila Baba Bedi Ji, Amb, Bharwain, Gobind Sagar Lake Etc.
Bajreshwari Devi Temple, Kangra District
Vajreshwari temple is the place where the presiding idol is dedicated to this form of goddess Durga. This ancient place of Shakti worship dates back to the time of Mahabharata and was constructed by the Pandavas brothers after having a dream of the goddess. Although this temple had been looted and ransacked a number of time it was kept being rebuilt by devotees and worshippers of Mata Rani. Being a prominent Shaktipeeth it is said that after her body was cut up by Lord Vishnu’s Sudarshan chakra her left breast fell here that the pilgrims now worship. The entire temple complex is secured and surrounded by tall stone wall like a fort. Also located within the temple region is a small place of worship for Bhairav Devta along with 3 different and unique tombs which makes this place very unique in its own manner.
Best Time to Visit – January to June
Temple Timings – 5:30 am to 12 noon / 12:30 pm to 10 pm
How to Reach – Kangra railway station is 11 kms away from the railway station here and 16 kms from Nagarkot via a road journey.
Things to Do – Kangra fort, Masroor rock cut temple, Baglamukhi temple, Chinmay Tapovan, Chamunda Devi Temple etc.
Baglamukhi Devi Temple, Kangra District
Situated in very close proximity to the sacred temples of Jwala ji and Chintpurni Devi Mandir this Shaktipeeth is dedicated to the destroyer of all evils goddess here. The temple stands out in contrast to an otherwise monotonous backdrop due to its bright yellow colour which is also the most favourite colour of goddess Durga. Devotees and visitors make it a point to visit the temple wearing yellow clothing and offer Besan Ke Ladoo which is yellow in colour. It is said that whoever is going through tough times in their life and are fighting some sort of confrontations with an enemy then worshipping here would benefit them in many ventures of the future. One can use this temple as a major part of their sightseeing exploration in the district of Kangra. The devi worshipped here is symbolized as 1 of the 10 wise forms of Devi who is also a very potent and primeval force f the female form. Apart from Himachal the other temples dedicated to this goddess is located in Guwahati and Assam as well.
Best Time to Visit – April to June / August to October
Temple Timings – 6 am to 12 noon / 4 pm to 9pm
How to Reach – Located and easily reachable from the main city centre of Kangra district and is located at a distance of 30 kms.
Things to Do – Bhagsunath temple, Jwalaji temple, Tatwani Hot water spring, Kaleshwar Mahadev Temple, Kareri Lake, Kangra Fort etc.
Ashapura Devi Temple, Kangra District
This ancient Durga temple is located on top of the hills of one of the most scenic hill stations of Himachal Pradesh of Palampur. Devotees and pilgrims make their way up the sacred hill of the valley of changer. The temple is famous for its unique architectural form and is well preserved under the eyes of the archaeology department of India. The temple offers some of the most fantastic views of the surrounding and the valley below. Ashapuri is also famous for being one of the many places of worship which was constructed and established by the Pandava brothers. The beauty and the spiritual vibe here makes this place truly a one of a kind experience and makes a visit here totally worth it. The mythological reference about this place tells us that her Pind had fallen around 2 km from this temple and she had to appear in the dream of a milk seller asked him to build this temple.
Best Time to Visit – April to June / October to March
Temple Timings – 6 am to 9 pm
How to Reach – Palampur airport is located at a distance of 25 kms from the temple, Palampur is very well connected to various big and small cities from all over the country. From Delhi it is 530 kms, Chandigarh 254 kms, Manali 205 kms etc.
Things to Do – Visit Noorpur McLeod Ganj, Bhagsunag Waterfalls, Mahakal Mandir, Saurabh Van Vihar, Norbulinga, Dalai Lama Temple etc.