Do you know these facts about Chamunda Devi Temple?
The Chamunda Devi temple is 10km away from Palampur, Himachal Pradesh. Chamunda is also known as Chamundi, Chamundeshwari and Rakta Kali which is a fearsome aspect of Goddess Parvati, the Hindu Divine Mother and one of the seven Matrikas.
She is one of the chief Yoginis, which is a group of sixty-four or eighty-one Tantric goddesses, who are attendants of goddess Durga. The name of Devi is a combination of two words Chanda and Munda, two monsters whom Chamunda killed. She is associated with Kali, goddesses Parvati, Chandi and Durga as well.
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Some facts about Chamunda Devi Temple:
- It is a holy place for a pilgrim that sits on the bank of river Baner. This temple is just 15 km away from Dharamshala and was built by Raja Umed Singh in 1762.
- Earlier, the temple had a steep path that had 378 steps but now, one can reach there by road as it is easily accessible and only 3 km away.
- The Chamunda Devi temple is 700 years old and has a Kund (a lake) where devotees take a dip to purify their souls.
- The idol of Chamunda is covered with black or red colored clothing and a garland of severed heads or skulls.
- Ramakrishna Gopal Bhandarkar, a scholar, orientalist, and social reformer say that Chamunda was originally an indigenous goddess, worshipped by the wild tribes in central India. These tribes were known to offer an animal as well as the human sacrifice to goddess along with liquor.
- The idol is known to have eight arms, holding a drum, trishula (trident), sword, a snake, skull-mace, thunderbolt, a severed head and a drinking vessel that is filled with blood.
- Lord Hanuman and Lord Bhairav idols are both assembled in each side of the main statue and they are considered as the guards of the Goddess.
- It is the only wooden temple which has a gabled roof.
- The idol of Chamunda Devi is covered with ornaments of bones, skulls, and serpents. She also wears a neckpiece full of skulls.
- The eyes of Goddess Kali have been described as burning the world with flames.
- Chamunda is known as a form of Kali, which represents old age and death. She appears as a frightening woman, who has no fear and horror when it comes to fighting evil.
- The most appropriate time to visit this place is in winters especially in the month of October.
- The temple has a cave-like scoop on the backside of the temple, where the symbol of Lord Shiva is kept. There are many other statues of other gods.
- The temple is popular as Chamunda Nandikeshwar Dham among devotees as it is believed to be the home of Lord Shiva and Shakti.
- You will find thick forests of Pathiar and Lahla that make it a perfect tourist attraction in Himachal Pradesh.