Aptly called as the ?Land of gods?, Himachal Pradesh Religious Tourism has been a prime attraction for devotees. It is home to some of the prominent pilgrimage centers nestled amid breathtaking natural surroundings. The Religious Places in Himachal Pradesh not only offers serenity by also amazing travel experiences. From temples, Buddhist monasteries to Gurudwaras, there are several religious sites belonging to different religions. The state beautifully demonstrates ?unity in diversity? between all religions that also serve as venues for various cultural activities. So, book a Himachal Pilgrimage Tour and take a trip of the major religious places in the state.
Popular Pilgrimages of Himachal Pradesh
Dedicated to Bhagwati Jwalamukhi, it is a must visit temple as it emits perpetual flames representing the deity. These natural flames are worshipped as the incarnations of the goddess. The temple has a gold plated dome.
This beautiful temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Reflecting the Nagari style of architecture, the temple enshrines the images of Sun God, Goddess Chamunda and Kartikeya (son of Lord Shiva). The entrance of the temple has a life sized stone Nandi, the vehicle of Lord Shiva. The lingam enshrined in the sanctum sanctorum is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in the country.
It is a sacred place famous for its hot water springs which are said to possess medicinal and curative properties. It is believed that taking bathing in the springs can cure muscular and bone diseases. Sikh followers come here to visit Gurudwara Shri Manikaran Sahib Ji and Hindus go to the famous Lord Shiva Temple.
Naina Devi Temple
This Hindu temple is one of the 51 Shakti Peeths of India. Perched on a picturesque hillock, the temple is the place where the Goddess Sati?s eyes fell on earth. There is a holy cave near this temple. A colourful fair is held here during Shravan Ashtami every year.
Chintpurni Devi Temple
One of the Shakti Peeth of Mother Goddess, the deity here is known as Mata Shri Chhinnamastika Devi. Devotees come here to pray to the Goddess and get their problems solved.
Laxmi Narayan Temple
Built in the 10th century by Raja Sahil Verman, Laxmi Narayana Temple is Chamba?s main shrine that is famous for its architecture. The temple has wooden chattries that protect it from snowfall during winters. Inside the main shrine is a Shikhara, Garbhgriha and a mantapa.
It is the oldest and the biggest monastery of Himachal Pradesh, which is a must-visit destination. Located on a hill close to the Spiti River, this monastery was established in the 11th century. It houses a rare collection of ancient murals and books of high aesthetic value.
Chamunda Mata Temple
It is a well known temple dedicated to Bhagwati Chamunda. As per legend, this is the place where the Goddess killed demons Chand and Munda. Nearby is a bathing ghat, where people come to take a dip before entering the temple.
Hidimba Devi Temple
Locally famous as Dhungari Temple, this temple of Manali is dedicated to Hidimba Devi, wife of Bhima from Indian epic Mahabharata. As per legend, this is the place where Hidimba used to live and meditate. The entire area is surrounded by cedar forests called Dhungiri Van Vihar. The temple was built in 1553 AD by Maharaja Bahadur Singh.
Dalai Lama Temple
A peaceful place in Dharamsala, this is the home of H.H. the Dalai Lama. Inside the complex there are statues of Lord Buddha, Avalokitesvara, Guru Padmasambhava and many others. Monks chant mantras and also rotate the prayer wheels. This place is largely visited by people for natural beauty and also Buddhist rituals.
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