Mandi district (earlier known as Mandavya Nagar) is one of the central districts of Himachal Pradesh state in northern India. The town is an important commercial hub of the state. It is a major transit route to Kullu-Manali and other adjoining places from NH-21 (Chandigarh-Manali highway) and NH-20 (Pathankot-Mandi highway). Sundarnagar is one of the emerging towns of the district. Mandi has an educated middle class and people converse in Mandyali, one of the Pahari languages of Himachal.
Mandi is blessed with many famous temples such as Tarna Mata Temple, Bootnath Temple, Murari Mata Temple etc. Which shower spiritual waves in holy hearts.
Baijnath Temple is located at a distance of 16 kms from Palampur in the Beas valley, Baijnath Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. According to the inscriptions on the walls, Baijnath Mandir was built by the two native merchants by the name of Ahuka and Manyuka in 1204 A.D. In the porch of the temple, the two long inscriptions state that before the present temple, there was a shrine of Lord Shiva at the same spot.
Chamunda Maa Temple is located at Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, India. It is around 10 km west of Palampur, on the Baner river. Around 400 years ago the king and a Brahmin priest prayed to Devi for permission to move the temple to some easily accessible location. Devi appeared to the priest in a dream giving her consent. She directed him to dig in a certain spot and an ancient idol would be found and that idol should be installed in the temple and worshipped as Her form.
The Brajeshwari Devi temple, located in the old Kangra Township, is said to have been built over the charred breasts of Sati. This shrine, once renown for its great wealth, has been plundered relentlessly over the ages. The first of the plunderers was Mahmud of Ghazni, who looted it in 1009. A mosque was built on the ruins and a garrison was left behind. 35 years later, the local king regained its possession.
Jwalaji or Jwalamukhi Temple is one of the most ancient temple. It is over here, that Maa’s paawan Jyoti lights up naturally through the natural rock walls adjacent to the mountains and worshipped in the form of 9 Jyotis. The Jyoti can be seen at various places in Maa Jwala Ji Temple and it is constantly running over the past many decades. A profound belief is that just with the darshan of Maa Jwala, your wishes get fulfilled and you can get Moksha too. Visiting this teerth sthan (pilgrimage) sets you off pain and sins. People believe in taking the flame from these auspicious jyoti’s to their places and get mundan’s of their children done at this temple.
Chintpurani Pandit Mai Das, a Saraswat Brahman, is generally believed to have established this shrine of Mata Chintpurni Devi in Chhaproh village in the ancient times. Over the time this place became known as Chintpurni after the eponymous deity. His descendants still live in Chintpurni and perform prayers and puja at the Chintpurni temple. These descendants are the official priests at the Temple.
Baba Balak Nath Temple is situated at the village of “Chakmoh” in the district of Hamirpur on the hilltop, in a natural cave carved in the hills, considered to be the abode of Baba. An Idol of Baba is placed in the caveBaba Balak Nath or Sidh Baba Balak Nath is a Hindu deity worshipped in the northern Indian states of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh. His shrine is known as “Deotsidh”. It is situated 45 kms. away from “Hamirpur” near the border of Hamirpur and Bilaspur districts of Himachal Pradesh, India.
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