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Pilgrimages of Himachal Himalayas



Manikaran:

  • Manikaran: A famous pilgrimage of Shiva-Parvati in Parvati Valley of Himachal Himalayas. The name Manikaran is derived from a legend associated with Mani or jewel of Devi Parvati.

    - Legend of Shiva and Parvati: According to legend, once Lord Shiva and Devi Parvati were wandering in the forests of the Himalayas. They came to a beautiful place where the high mountains locked lush green forests within them. They were charmed by that place and lived there for eleven hundred years. Once when Shiva-Parvati were resting beside the beautiful waters of a stream, a jewel (mani) from the ear-ring of Devi Parvati dropped somewhere and got lost. She was highly distressed. The jewel could not be found even after a thorough search by the attendants of the Lord. Lord Shiva was enraged and his third eye opened. Due to this ominous event, there was commotion in the universe. The serpent god Shesh Nag was deputed to subside the anger of the Lord. Shesh Nag went there and hissed repeatedly. The streams became hot and water started boiling. From inside the boiling water came out a number of precious stones of the type of the mani of Devi Parvati. Shiva was pacified.

    - Hot springs: Manikaran is famous for its many hot springs which are considered very auspicious.

    - Other temples: The place has a very old Shiva temple which got tilted during the earthquake of 1905. There is also a famous temple of Lord Raghunath in Manikaran village, the idol of which is said to be brought from Ayodhya.

    Manikaran is located in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh.
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    Baijnath:

  • Baijnath: A famous temple of Shiva in ancient Kiragrama of Himachal Himalayas identified with Vaidyanath Jyotirlinga. Baijnath is situated in the Dhauladhar range of western Himalayas, 16 km from Palampur. There is a swayambhu Shivalinga inside the temple which is believed to be an Ardhanarishwara form of Shiva. Baijnath is located in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh.

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    Jwalamukhi Shakti Peetha:

  • Jwalamukhi Shakti Peetha: A Shakti Peetha in Himachal Himalayas with Devi as Siddhidaa and Bhairava as Unmatta. Jwalamukhi Shakti Peetha is mentioned in Peetha Nirnaya texts. It is identified with Jwalamukhi Devi temple in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. An eternally burning shining blue flame which emanates from the rock sanctum of the temple is considered as the manifestation of the Goddess.
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    - Jwalamukhi Shakti Peetha
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    Vajreshwari Devi:

  • Vajreshwari Devi: A famous temple of Devi in Nagarkot town of Himachal Himalayas. The Devi is also known as Kangra Devi by the locals. According to legend, Devi Parvati appeared from the Vajra (Thunderbolt) of Indra to vanquish demon Kalikala, hence the name Vajreshwari. Vajreshwari Devi temple is located in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh.

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    Chintpurni Devi:

  • Chintpurni Devi: A famous temple of Devi in the Chhaproh village of Himachal Himalayas. Chintpurni Devi temple is associated with the legend of Bhakta Mai Das. Devi gave darshan to Bhakta Mai Das and instructed him to worship Her. The worship is being continued uninterruptedly for twenty-six generations. Chintpurni Devi temple is located in the Una district of Himachal Pradesh.

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    Naina Devi:

  • Naina Devi: A famous temple of Devi in the Naina Dhar Hill of Himachal Himalayas. Naina Devi temple is associated with the legend of a gujjar boy by name Naina. The Goddess appeared in his dream and told him about Her Pindi (Stone Idol). Naina Devi temple is located in the Bilaspur district of Himachal Pradesh.

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