Temples, Shrines And Spiritual Places Across Himachal Pradesh
The name Himachal Pradesh was coined from the Sanskrit words ‘Him’ (means snow), and ‘Achal’ (means land or abode). Paradise is the word that will come to mind on your first sight of Himachal Pradesh. As a host to the Dalai Lama, Himachal Pradesh has a strong Tibetan presence. This is reflected in its Buddhist Monasteries, as well as its vibrant Tibetan festival celebrations. Nestled amidst centuries of fascinating legends, the stunning temples of Himachal Pradesh with their incredible architecture and spiritual ambience continue to welcome devotees from across the world.
Carved from a hill, the ancient Baba Balak Nath Cave Mandir in Kasauli is one of the most famous pilgrimage sites in the state, especially for devotees who come to seek blessings of parenthood. Dedicated to Babaji, a Lord Shiva’s devotee, the temple offers breathtaking views of the mighty, snow-capped Himalayas. The sacred Chamunda Devi Mandir in Kangra valley is believed to be the spot where the Goddess Chamunda slayed two demons.
The Sankat Mochan Mandir in Shimla dedicated to Lord Hanuman is a prominent tourist attraction in the state that also features shrines of Lord Shiva and Lord Rama. The heavenly abode of the world’s largest idol of Lord Hanuman is the captivating Jakhoo Hanuman Mandir in Shimla that is situated 2450 meters above sea level. Tread along the superb ropeway to reach this temple believed to be located at the spot where Lord Hanuman rested on his way to collect Sanjeevani plant for Lakshman.
An excellent instance of architectural brilliance in wood is the splendid Hidimba Mandir dedicated to Hidimba, Bhima’s wife. The temple is completely constructed in wood and is home to exquisite wooden carvings. Nowhere in India except Himachal Pradesh will you find an abode of the Goddess of stars, Tara. Located amidst the heavenly settings of the Himalayas, divine tranquility reigns supreme in this unique temple. The 4000 year old Vashisht Mandir near Manali is dedicated to sage Vashisht who is believed to have meditated here. The temple is now renowned for its natural hot springs that is said to possess miraculous curing powers.
Considering the serenity and natural beauty of the place, it is not surprising that many Buddhist Monks established their Monasteries in the high terrains in the state. The Lahaul-Spiti district features a number of Buddhist Monasteries and Cave Temples renowned for their unique hill architecture.
The presence of Sikhs in Himachal Pradesh has been recorded since 16th century, and therefore there is no dearth of Sikh Gurdwaras in the state. The Paonta Sahib Gurdwara is a prominent pilgrimage center in Sirmour situated along the spectacular River Yamuna. The Resalwar Gurdwara is another holy destination of the Sikhs. Do not miss the pristine spirituality at the Manikaran Gurdwara located close to natural hot springs. The Gurdwara was built to commemorate Guru Nanak’s period of meditation in this place.
Beautiful climate, enchanting hill stations and spectacular scenery is just the beginning of the magnificent Himalayan sights that awaits you. Stunning sights, divine serenity and spiritual ambience – the temples of Himachal Pradesh have it all. Plan your next pilgrimage to this delightful state to return with pleasant memories and divine blessings for a lifetime.