Chamunda Devi Temple

The Chamunda Devi Temple is in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, India. It is around 10 km west of Palampur, on the Baner river. Around 400 years ago the king and a Brahmin priest prayed to Devi for permission to move the temple to some easily accessible location. Devi appeared to the priest in a dream giving her consent. She direct him to dig in certain spot and ancient idol would be found and that idol should be installed in the temple and worshipped as Her form.

The king sent out men to bring the idol. Although they were able to locate it but were not able to lift it. Again Devi appeared to the priest in a dream. She explained that the men could not lift the holy relic because they considered it an ordinary stone. She instructed him to get up early in the morning, take a bath, wear fresh clothes and go to the place in a respectful manner.

He told the people that it was the power of the Goddess that brought the idol to the temple. The temple now depicts scenes from the Devi Mahatmya, Ramayan and Mahabharata. The Devi’s image is flank by the images of Hanuman and Bhairo on either side. The famous Chamunda Nandikeshwar Dham is an abode of Shiva Shakti since the saga of Puranas.

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