Himani Chamunda temple is in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, it is situated at an altitude of 10500 feet above sea level.
Himani Chamunda Mata Temple is about 14 km from Dharamshala, there are many other ways to reach it, go by any route but you have to cross 11 km on foot, in which you can see the beautiful beautiful hills. Will find, this temple is completely made of wood, and it is a fine example of ancient Indian culture,There are many winding raw roads and streets, the journey is exhausting but unique, which you will not be able to forget throughout your life.
History of Temple
Himani Chamunda temple is in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, it is at an altitude of 10500 feet above sea level.
The area was known as Chander Bhan Nagar, where the ancient temple was located, and the place was named after one of the rulers, King Chander Bhan. The ruins of Raja Chander Bhan's palace were just 50 meters from the Adi Chamunda temple and 200 meters away from the temple, the ruins of the fort of Raja Chander Bhan indicate that the area was alive hundreds of years ago. It is believed that the Pandavas visited this place after the Mahabharata war. Just in front of the temple was seen the magnificent Talang Prabhat, the peak of which is known as Gauri Mukhat, which is believed to be the board of Lord Shiva and Parvati.
Maa Bhagwati is seated as Shakti in Adi Himani Chamunda Nandikeshwar Dham in district Kangra. Adi Himani Chamunda Dham is known as the site of the amazing boon of Shiva Shakti since ancient tit was here that Bhagwati Chamunda received the presiding deity and Rudrava during the war between Asura Jalandhar and Mahadev. Because of this the region is also known as Rudra Chamunda. Maa Chamunda is enshrined here as the northern gatekeeper of the Jalandhar Peeth. When the Devasur war broke out, Bhagwati Kaushiki produced her mother Chandika from her beard and asked her to slay the demons named Chand and Mund. A fierce battle ensued with Maa Bhagwati Chandika and Daitya Chand and Mund. The mother killed both the demons and cut the ends of both the asuras and took Bhagwati to Kaushiki. Bhagwati was pleased and said that you have killed the demon Chand and the Mund. Now you will be famous in the world by the name Chamunda. Since then, mother Chamunda in Kangra district is the presiding deity of Chamunda region.
How to get here
The ancient temple of Maa is situated at a very inaccessible site in Dhauladhar, which is known as Maa Himani Chamunda Temple. Due to the inaccessible route to the temple, it is very difficult for the devotees to reach there. Now, with the will and command of the mother, a grand new temple was constructed at the present site. After climbing several kilometers of steep climb here, the devotees reach the mother's temple located at the inaccessible site. Now, efforts have been made to increase facilities at this site also so that the visiting devotees can get the facility to stay and eat. In the summer, devotees reach here in the form of Jataras at the inaccessible site. While the temple of Maa Chamunda is established at the mouth of Baan Ganga (Baner Khad) near Dard town on Dharamshala-Palampur highway. The devotees who are unable to reach the inaccessible place, they reach here for easy bowing. The highway passes along with the temple of Maa, here there is a hotel and inn for devotees to stay. Anchor arrangements are made by the temple management.
Such is the court of Goddess
The sanctum sanctorum of the temple has Lord Hanuman on one side and the idol of Bhairav on the other side. Goddess Mahatmya, Ramayana and Mahabharata are described in the temple with beautiful pictures. Along with the temple, there is an ancient temple of Lord Nandikeshwar. A huge statue of Lord Shiva is installed in the lake of the temple. Havan sacrifices and religious activities are often conducted here. Here devotees from not only the country but also from abroad are bowed down in the court of the mother.