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Pilgrimages of Himachal Pradesh - Kangra district
Baijnath in the Dhauladhar range of Himachal Himalayas:
- A famous temple of Shiva in ancient Kiragrama of Himachal Himalayas identified with Vaidyanath Jyotirlinga: Baijnath Temple is located in the Dhauladhar range of western Himalayas, 16 km from Palampur. The town is located on the bank of river Binwa, a corrupt form of ancient Binduka, a tributary of river Beas. The Baijnath Shiva Temple is identified with the Vaidyanath Jyotirlinga.
- Ancient Kiragrama: Baijnath was known as Kiragrama in ancient times. The Vaidyanath Jyotirlinga existed in Kiragrama without a temple. On 1204 CE, two brothers named Manyuka and Ahuka who were sons of merchant Siddha built a temple out of devotion to Vaidyanath Shiva. They also donated a machine for extracting oil, a shop, and some land in village called Navagrama. This is the earliest history of the modern Baijnath Temple.
- Swayambhu Shivalinga Inside the temple garbhagriha is a swayambhu Shivalinga which is believed to be an Ardhanarishwara form of Shiva. The yonipitha is made of white marble with a design of serpent around it. A beautiful snake made of silver, with raised hood is placed around the lingam.
- The Baijnath temple is located in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh.
Devi Siddhidaa at Jwalamukhi Shakti Peetha:
Devi's Jihvaa (Tongue) fell at Jwalamukhi where She is known as Siddhidaa and the Bhairava is called Unmatta.
(from Peetha Nirnaya texts)
The Jwalamukhi Shakti Peetha is identified with Devi Jwalamukhi temple in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. There is no idol of the Devi. An eternally burning shining blue flame which emanates from the rock sanctum is considered as the manifestation of the Goddess. There are several other flames which are considered as manifestations of different Goddesses.
Vajreshwari Devi Temple in Nagarkot town of Himachal Himalayas:
- A famous temple of Devi in Nagarkot town of Himachal Himalayas: Vajreshwari Devi Temple is located in Nagarkot town, 20 km from Dharamshala. The Devi is also known as Kangra Devi by the locals. The temple dates back to 11th century.
- Legend of Devi Vajreshwari: According to a legend, a demon named Kalikala or Kalikut was tormenting the sages and human beings in the region of Vadavali. The demon also waged war against the gods. The gods invoked Devi Parvati and requested her to slay the demon. The Devi told the gods to wage war against the demon in which She will come to assist them at the right time. Accordingly the gods waged a war against the demons. The demons destroyed all the weapons of the gods. Finally when Indra threw his Vajra at Kalikala, and Kalikala destroyed that also into pieces, the Devi appeared from the pieces of Vajra as Vajra Devi. She killed the demon and came to be known as Vajreshwari.
- According to another legend, the Vajreshwari Devi is a Shakti Peetha where the left breast of Devi Sati fell.
- The Vajreshwari Devi temple is located in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh.
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