Himachal Pradesh, India
Devbhumi : "Land of the Gods"
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Pilgrimage Himachal Pradesh: Chamunda Devi Temple
Chamunda Devi Temple is located at a distance of 15 km from Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh. Dedicated to goddesses Durga or Chamunda (Hindu deity), the surroundings of the temple provide an excellent venue for meditation prayers and spiritual attainments. The Chamunda Devi Temple is said to be more than 700 years old. It is a big temple complex with a large pond where devotees take a dip.
The location of temple was used as a cremation ground by the people of 22 villages and supposed to be a place of solace, spiritual attainments. A large number of devotees travel to this place for worship and to attain spiritual peace for their ancestors. The main deity of the temple is kept under cover and is not accessible by the visitors, because of its sacred importance. There is a cave-like scoop located at the back of the temple, representing the stone lingam ( embodiment of Shiva). Apart from these attractions, there are many brightly painted images of gods and goddesses located in the vicinity of the Chamunda Devi temple.
During the time of Navratras, the temple is crowded by large
number of people. Pilgrims from far and near come to visit this temple of great
legacy and religious importance. Chamunda Devi blesses all her true devotees.
The temple is easily accessible via road from Dharamshala, Palampur, Kangra and all the major cities of Himachal Pradesh. Tourist can hire private taxis or take state transport buses to reach this holy destination of Himachal Pradesh.
It is about 90 Km from Pathankot, the nearest broad gauge rail head.The nearest railhead on the narrow gauge line is at Moranda near Palampur, 30 km. By road, Chamunda Devi is 15 km from Dharamshala and 55 km from Jwalaji temple.
The nearest airport is Kangra airport at Gaggal near Dharamshala. It is 28 Km from Chamunda Devi Temple.
In winter, the temperature can get quite cold when woolens are required. It is hot in summer and cottons are recommended.
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