The Shakti Peeths are holy shrines honoring Lord Shiva’s wife, Shakti or Sati.
In Hindu mythology, Sati was known as the first wife of Lord Shiva and the daughter of Raja Daksha.
In this article, you will get to know about the following Sati Peethas of Himachal Pradesh,
Let’s see each of these places in detail…
1. Chamunda Devi Temple
Chamunda Devi Temple is located amidst the picturesque locale of lush green mountains and flowing waters of Ban Ganga.
It was built in the 16th century.
The shrine is one of the Shaktipeethas dedicated to the fearsome form of the divine Maa Durga.
Chamunda Devi Mandir is believed to be the abode of Shiva and Shakti and is, hence, also known as ‘Chamunda Nandikeshwar Dham’.
It is believed that the trunk of the body fell down at this sacred site.
The interiors of the temple are very beautiful with silver embellishments and floral themes representing various gods and idols.
From here you can have a lovely view of the Chambal River.
Within the temple complex, there are many handicraft centers selling Kangra paintings Kangra Tea, honey, pottery, and wooden toys.
Many saints come here for meditation and penance.
2. Brajeshwari Temple, Kangra
The Brajeshwari Temple is one of the most visited sites in Himachal Pradesh. It is one of the most spiritually enlightening locations and is about 10-15 minutes from the parking.
The market along the way is an ideal place for shoppers. It is also known as Kangra Devi Mandir dedicated to the goddess of Vajreshvari.
This is believed that the left Breast of Devi Sati fell here.
The architecture of the temple is the reflection of a deep mystery. The main gate entrance has a Nagarkhana or drum house and is built similarly to the Bassein fort entrance.
The temple is a fort built of stone. Inside the main sanctum sanctorum, Goddess Vajreshvari is present in the form of Pindi.
Inside the complex, there is a temple of Lord Shiva as well.
As one of India’s 51 Shakti Peeths, this temple is among the most significant tourist destinations in Himachal Pradesh.
3. Naina Devi Temple
Naina Devi is situated on a hilltop in the Bilaspur district of Himachal Pradesh overlooking the Gobind Sagar Lake.
The temple can be reached via a road that winds rounds the hill and finally by the concrete steps that lead to the entrance of the temple.
There is also a cable car facility that carries pilgrims from the base of the hill to the hilltop. It is the holy place where the eyes of Devi Sati fell down.
There are many legendary stories behind the temple. Many of them tell that the worship of the Pindi was started after a Gujjar Boy named Naina received divine dreams of Devi Maa.
This shrine is also known as Mahishapeeth as Devi Maa defeated the demon Mahishashur.
Another school of folks says that Guru Gobind Singh went to Shri Naina Devi Temple and performed a sacrificial Yagna and he successfully defeated the Mughals.
4. Jwala Ji Temple
Jwala Ji temple is located 56 kilometers from Dharamshala and 34 kilometers from Kangra.
The holy deity herself appears as Jwala Devi in the temple. It is believed that the tongue of Devi Sati fell here.
This temple is quite unusual and the sacred flames of the temple, which magically burn day and night without any exterior fuel source, are the main house of Devi Maa.
According to science, natural jets of combustible gas emerging from the rock fissures cause the fires to burn.
However, devotees’ hearts continue to retain the belief that the Goddess lives in these flames.
The priests’ daily performances of five Artis and one Hawan are also Jwala Ji temple’s main attraction for tourists.
As a token of their devotion, the devotees offer the goddess with flowers, fruits, Chunri, Misri, milk, and Rabri.
5. Chitpurni Sati peeth
Chitpurni Sati Peeth is a popular Shaktipeeth in the Una district in Himachal Pradesh.
The temple is located on one of the highest hills in the Sola Singhi range. It is about 3km west of Bharwain, located on the Hoshiarpur-Dharamshala Road.
Legends say that it is where the head of Devi Sati fell down. This manifestation of Lord Durga is also called Maa Chinnamasta or Chinnamastika- the one with a detached head.
It is said that Devi Maa relieves her devotees from all worldly desires, worries, and anxieties.
There are many mythological stories behind this Shaktipeeth in Himachal Pradesh.
The temple is a single-storeyed building built of stones. It has a square base and a Domal structure at the center of the roof.
The main entrance to the temple faces north. An old banyan tree, with a raised platform at its feet, stands in front of the entrance.
These are some of the popular Shaktipeeth in Himachal Pradesh.
Himachal Pradesh is not only blessed with beautiful hilly landscapes, valleys, streams, and other natural treasures but the Shkatipeethas that have been built on the lap of Himachal Pradesh, attract many pilgrims and tourists every year.
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