A key to strengthening spiritual muscles and enduring hardship is finding strength in the Word of God. Himachal Pradesh, considered as “Dev Bhoomi” means that it belongs to the Gods and Goddesses. There are thousands of temples and holy places in Himachal and some of them are listed here:
Hidimba Devi Temple
Hadimba Devi Temple mostly called as the Dhungiri temple in Manali is one of the most important temples in the region. It is an ancient cave temple dedicated to Hidimbi Devi, wife of Bhima, a figure in the Indian epic Mahabharata. The temple is surrounded by a cedar forest at the foot of the Himalayas. The sanctuary is built over a huge rock jutting out of the ground which was worshiped as an image of the deity. The structure was built in 1553.
Bijli Mahadev is one of the sacred temples in the Kullu region and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Located 22 km from Kullu across the Beas River. In this temple of lightning, it is said that the tall staff attracts the divine blessings in the form of lightning. It is believed that the priest of the temple has to restore the Shiva linga placed inside the temple using butter and sattoo after every lightning as it shatters to pieces with a flash of lightning. From Chansari village 3-4 Km trekking to be done to reach Bijli Mahadev. Himachal transportation buses available at Kullu bus station to reach Bijli Mahadev. Religious holidaymakers will feel spiritual delight.
Christ Church Shimla
Christ Church is the second oldest church in North India, after St John’s Church in Meerut and one of the prominent landmarks of Shimla.Christ Church is one of the enduring legacies of the British Raj. It is built in the typical Elizabethan style in 1857 to serve the largely Anglican British community. The clock adorning church is lit at night to illuminate it. It has the great collection of books and ancient scriptures. This is among the church must be seen.
Baijnath is a very famous ancient temple of Lord Shiva is a town in Kangra district. Himachal Pradesh is about 50 kilometers from Dharamshala.The 13th-century temple dedicated to Shiva as Vaidyanath, ‘the Lord of physicians’ the temple attracts a large number of tourists and pilgrims from all over India and abroad throughout the year. Special prayers are offered in the morning and evening every day besides on special occasions and during festive seasons. Makara Sankranti, Maha Shivaratri, Vaisakha Sankranti, Shravana Mondays, etc. are celebrated with great zeal and splendor. The water of this temple is believed to contain medicinal properties, which can cure diseases of people.
Shivkul is one of the famous religious and tourism destinations of Dalhousie which belongs to Vimala Thakur who is an eminent devotional philosopher and social reformer. The Ashram is situated on the Mall Road of the town. The Shivkul Ashram in Dalhousie is bundled in beautiful Pir-Pinjal Hills that connects the Chamba district with the neighboring state of Jammu and Kashmir Shivkul is the locale during these lecture sessions on spiritualism and disciples from all over the world come to attend them.
Jakhoo Temple is an ancient temple in Shimla, dedicated to Hindu deity; Hanuman is situated at the top of the famous Jakhu hill. The Jakhu Temple of Shimla is dedicated to the monkey God. World’s tallest statue of Lord Hanuman is the main attraction here that adds to the sacred environment of the temple. The shrine is a hotspot for monkeys who flock here in great numbers and generously accept eatables that are given to them by devotees and tourists. Visitors can also drive to Jakhoo Temple, but trekking up is the best way to enjoy the beautiful scenery of Shimla.
Chintpurni is a major pilgrimage center and one of the Shakti peeth is located in Una district dedicated to Chinnamastika Devi which is a divine embodiment of self-sacrifice and there by the Chintpurni shri is considered as a Shakti Peetha.Devotees have been visiting this Shaktipeeth for centuries to pray at the lotus feet of Mata Shri Chhinnamastika Devi. Hindu pilgrimage and marriage records were also used to be kept at this holy place. The temple is open from 4 am to 11 pm.
St John Church
St. John in the Wilderness is an Anglican Church dedicated to John the Bapist built in 1852, near Dharamshala. Set amidst deodar forest built in neo-Gothic architecture. People visiting Mcleodganj often visit this fantastic church and get to know a lot about British history in India. On both sides, this church is flanked by a well-tended cemetery over the grassy slopes. This church is known for its Belgian stained-glass windows donated by Lady Elgin, wife of Lord Elgin. This church is known for its Belgian stained-glass windows donated by Lady Elgin, wife of Lord Elgin. It’s worth to at least visit it once.
Namgyal Monastery is currently located in Mcleod Ganj, Dharamsala, India. Namgyal Monastery was originally founded in 16th century Tibet by the second Dalai Lama It is the personal monastery of the 14th Dalai Lama. Namgyal Tantric College is another name for this complex. This monastery’s key role is to assist with rituals involving the Dalai Lama. The monastery was re-established here to preserve and continue the Tibetan culture and traditions. The monks here go through a rigorous and streamlined course of training. It remains open from 4.30 am to 8.30 pm.