Chamunda Devi Temple1227 Votes Currently Open
- Address: Major District Road, 48 Kangra, Himachal Pradesh, India, Dalhousie
- Timings: 06:00 am - 08:00 pm Details
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Religious Site, Temple, Historical Site
In Hinduism Chamunda is the name of the supreme Mother Goddess. The name is the combination of ‘Chanda’ and ‘Munda’, the two demons that the goddess killed. Experts say that the name so comes from the fact that this Goddess was worshipped by the early ‘Munda’ tribe people of the Vindhya Range of Central India. These tribals used to offer the goddess absurd things like beheaded bodies, skulls and blood of human beings as offerings. The offering of liquor was also very common. These methods of worship are still used in ‘tantravidya’ or black magic rituals. The Goddess is fierce due to her association with Rudra, the fierce avatar of Lord Shiva.
The deity is usually black or red in colour and wears a garland of skulls. She has four, eight, ten or twelve arms and holds a small drum, trident, sword, snake, skull mace, thunderbolt, a severed head, a drinking vessel and a skull cap. She stands on the corps of a dead man or is seated on a defeated demon body. She has a very scary appearance with a skeletal body with three eyes, a horrific face, drooping breasts, teeth coming out, long nails and a sunken belly. She is adorned with wacky ornaments of bones and skulls only and is surrounded with snakes and goblins, she has hair all knotted with snakes. She is a symbol of death, disease, decay and destruction.
The Chamunda Devi Temple also known as ChamundaNandikeshwarDham is in the kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. History says that a Hindu priest once prayed to the Goddess to shift her temple to a more accessible place and the Goddess appeared to give her consent. She also told him to dig a specific spot where he will find an idol underneath and he should place that in the new temple and worship that as her form. The king sent his men as instructed. The men found the idol but were unable to lift it. The Goddess again appeared and told the priest that they were unable to lift it as they did not do the work respectfully. She told him to go there early morning after taking a bath and wearing fresh clothes and he would easily be able to lift the idol. This is exactly what happened also.
Now the beautiful, unconventional looking temple depicts scenes from Devi Mahatmya, Ramayana and Mahabharata. The Idol here is circled by Hanuman and Bhairon. Behind the temple is a cave like place where there is a stone structure depicting Lord Shiva. You can get a mesmerizing view of the whole Dhauladhar Valley from the temple complex. The lovely water pool here has deities of Lord Shiva and Goddess Saraswati. If you trek a few more kilometers up you will also find the AdiHimaniChamunda temple.
Chamunda Devi Temple Travel Tips
- Footwear is not allowed.
- Photography is allowed.
- Best time to visit is during the summer season. Monsoon and winters should be avoided.
How to Reach Chamunda Devi Temple
- Nearest rail station is at Kangra.
- There are many buses available.
- The nearest airport is at Kangra and Guggan.
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33.64% of people who visit Dalhousie include Chamunda Devi Temple in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
26.09% of people start their Chamunda Devi Temple visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Chamunda Devi Temple
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Chamunda Devi Temple