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Mata Chamunda Devi 


Click to EnlargeChamunda Devi Temple is a renowned holy shrine of the Hindus. Located in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, Chamunda Devi Mandir is at a distance of 10 kms from Palampur, on  the  banks of  Banganga (Baner) River. This ancient temple dates back to the 16th century. The temple is dedicated to Chamunda Devi, who is a form of Durga / Shakti. Chamunda Devi Mandir is believed to be the abode of 'Shiva and Shakti'. Due to this reason, it is also known as 'Chamunda Nandikeshwar Dham'. 
Chamunda Devi is considered as the wrathful form of Durga, but at the same time, the Goddess is kind to her true devotees.  The  term  'Chamunda' has been  derived from two words, 'Chanda' and 'Munda'. As per the mythological legends, Durga made a goddess with  her  power,  to  slay the demons, Chanda and Munda. With her immense power, the Goddess killed the demons.  Goddess  Durga  became happy with the slaughter and blessed the goddess that she would be known and worshipped as Chamunda.
There is nothing extra-ordinary about the architecture of this temple, but the  divine  aura spell bounds the devotees with its spiritual appeal. In the  temple,  the  main  image  is  visible  from the main entrance. The main shrine is adored by the images  of  Lord  Bhairav  and  Lord  Hanuman  on  its sides. Actually, these lords are considered as the guards of the Goddess. The  main  image  of  the Goddess is visible draped in rich clothes.

Click to EnlargeChamunda Devi is worshipped daily while   the  sermons  include  'Aartis'  at  intervals.  Reciting the hymn of 'Shat Chandi'  with  devoted  heart  at  this  temple  is considered auspicious. In the corner of the temple, one  can  see small footsteps of the Goddess on a stone. Besides the main shrine, there is a marble staircase that takes down to the cave of Lord Shiva. This is a cave-like scoop where Shiva  Lingam  is  placed. People  visit  this  cave and worship Lord Shiva with great devotion.
Click to Enlarge Lord  Shiva  is  said  to  be  one of the complex Gods of the Hindu pantheon, since he is the destroyer  as  well  as  the restorer. Here, Lord Shiva is believed to have been present in the form  of   death,  destruction and dead bodies. One can also observe ancestral worship near the banks of Ban Ganga River. In the vicinity of this temple, there is a cremation ground that serves to 22 villages of the nearby areas.
In the temple complex, there is a huge pond with images of Lords and people can take bath here. There is sculpture of Goddess, in which, she is garlanded with serpents, scorpions, and skulls. 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 situated in the picturesque  beauty of lush green mountains. Many saints can be seen here involved in penance and meditation. In the  past days, the image of the Goddess was situated on the hill above the present site of the temple. The site was found to be in a remote area, where it was not possible for everyone to reach and moreover,  it was quite risky. There  is a story  behind the establishment of this temple.

 

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