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Ashwin Navratra Mela

Navaratri is the most celebrated and famous event among the residents of Himachal Pradesh like other parts of India. Navratra Mela is a festival when invite their friends and relatives to come and enjoy with them. This festival is devoted the Hindu deity Durga in order to praise and worship her eternal powers. The festival has been organized in every single of the country with same enthusiasm and devotion.

In this Navratra fair, a large number of people from all over the country as well as from the world try to visit Bilaspur, Kangra and Una districts to Himachal in order to give obeisance to Durga. Kangra has got the most populated temple Shri Bajreshwari Devi where a huge majority of people come every year.

During the period of Ashiwin Navratra in September and October, many Pilgrims also go to temples of Chintpurni Devi, Chamunda Devi, Shaktipeeths Sri Naina Devi and Bajreshwari Devi to get the special blessings of deity Durga.

Temples During Ashwin Navratra


Sri Naina Devi Temple

According to the Hindu Legends and Mythologies described by locals, the consort Sati of god Shiva had burnt herself in the Yagya (Yajna) in order to retaliate an insult to Shiva. The distressed Lord held his corpse and started to gyrate his appalled dance. After that, god Vishnu moved his Chakra in the hands and cut the body of Sati into 52 pieces so that he can protect the world from the anger of Shiva. The places where these fifty one pieces were fell down later on become famous as Shakti Peeths.

This temple is constructed in a place where the eyes of Sati fell down. Because of this reason, this temple has been named as Naina Devi where the word Naina shows eyes of Sati.

The Navaratra festival is consisted of groups of 3 days in order to worship various aspects of the respectful deity. During the initial three days, the Goddess is praised as the powerful force named Durga to eliminate all types of impurities, defects and vices. Then in second set of three days, the Deity has been worshipped as Lakshmi who is able to give spiritual and inexhaustible wealth. The last three days of the festival in this temple are devoted to worship the Mother as Saraswati, the goddess of wisdom. People always try to avail all three worshipping events in order to get all round prosperity in their lives.

Chintpurni Devi Temple

The Chnitpurni temple is constructed to worship Mata Chintpurni Devi which is situated in a village of similar name in Himachal Pradesh at Una Dsitrict. People have been holidaying this temple for centuries in order to pray at lotus foot of Mata Shri Chintpurni and Mata Shri Chhinnamastika Devi. The temple is present at a peak of Sola Singhi Hills. It is around three kilometers in the western side of Bharwain that is present on the Dharmashala-Hoshirapur road. This passage is a part of State Highway network which is maintained in good condition.

Jwala Devi

Jwala Devi temple is established for the goddess of flaming mouth, Jwalamukhi. This temple is built over natural jets having combustible gas that are considered as the manifestation of her. The temple has pinnacles and a gilt dome and holds a traditional folding door having silver plates.

It has been believed that the tongue of Sati is fallen at the place of Jwalamukhi, under the gawk of Dhauladhar range. People have beliefs that the deity is manifested as small flames which have burnt flawless blue through cervices in old age rock. Kangra is having a great follower of Durga, Raja Bhumi Chand Katoch who had seen the holy places and guided people to find out the location of these sites. The sites were tracked and then he built a temple. The complex and burning flames have become famous as Jwalmukhi.

As an important worshipping place for Hindus, a large number of people visit this temple every ear. During this Navratri event, the temple is populated with innumerable number of worshippers. Various other fairs are also celebrated during this celebration from March to April and September to October. In previous days, the temple was managed by offsprings of RAJA. After the year of independence on the country, the Jwala Devi temple was stated as the Cultural Heritage site of Hindus and was given under the management of state government. There are a minimum of 102 pastors to take care of this temple and are given remuneration by the government.

Bajreshwari Devi Temple

In the center of a town in Kangra, a temple is constructed to dedicate Bajreshwari Devi. It is among those fifty one places where the body parts of Sati had fallen down. The Bajreshwari Devi temple is famous for its legendary wealth and was subjected to consecutive devastations by attackers from north. The temple was completely destroyed in 1905 by the earthquake, and then was reconstructed in the year 1920 that is still present at the place. People can visit the historical Fort of Kangra in Old Kangra (3 kilometers) and can also go to the temple of Jyanti Deity present at the top of the hill, opposite to Kangra fort.
Himachal Pradesh considers Kangra as an important pilgrimage location for devotees to visit. It is the center of a number of historical temples having unique architectural designs. People can see several shrines or temples here particularly constructed with traditional northern India Negara designs of pagoda style. The Bajreshwari temple is also known as Vagreshwari Devi temple due to its lots of religious significance because of which, it is the most populated temple of all.

Chamunda Devi Temple

Chamunda Devi temple is only fifteen kilometers away from Dharmashala and twenty four kilometers away from Kangra. The temple is built to worship Chamunda Devi. There is a cave like area at the opposite side of this temple where a stone named Lingam is present showing Nandikeshwar (Shiva). The complx of this temple is an outstanding place with magnificent views of the Baner Khad, Dadh and Dhauladhar. There is a big running water pool housing idols of Saraswati and Lord Shiva. You can also visit Aadi Himani Chamunda temple by travelling around sixteen kilometers away from this Chamunda temple.

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