Also known as ‘Devbhoomi or Abode of Gods’ Himachal Pradesh is a popular destination for thousands
of devotees from across the globe. Know about famous pilgrimage places in Himachal Pradesh.
Himachal can be described as the land of pilgrimages, mystical customs and rituals. Its diverse and
colorful landscape is filled with houses of Gods and Goddesses.
Manikaran is a town located in the Parvati Valley of Kullu district. Manikaran is a pilgrimage centre for
both Hindu and Sikh tourists and is one of themost popular religious places in Himachal Pradesh. There
are temples of the Hindu deities Rama, Krishna and Vishnu. There is also a gurudwara and a hot water
spring. The water of the spring is considered extremely auspicious and believed to have curative powers.
Many take a dip in the holy water to wash their sins. The Gurudwara offers langar (free food).
Hidimba Devi Temple
Located at the foot of Himalyas in a village in Manali, Hidimba Devi Temple is an ancient temple
dedicated to Hidimba Devi, wife of Bhima, one of the five Pandavas. Hidimba was a rakshas and is said to
have meditated here to eventually attain the status of a Goddess. About 70 meters from the temple is the
shrine of Ghatotkach who was Hidimba and Bhima’a son. It is one of the most visited holy places in
Himachal Pradesh as newly married couples visit this temple to seek blessings of Hidimba Devi. There is
a fair held every month on the birthday of Hidimba Devi.
Located in the Kullu Valley at a height of 2,460m, the temple has a Shiva Lingam. There is a trek of 3 km
to reach the temple offering breathtaking views. Once there, one can see panoramic view of the Kullu
and Parvati valley. There is a 60 feet high staff on the temple that attracts lightning and shatters the
Shiva lingam to pieces. The priest restores the Shiva lingam using butter and sattoo. This temple is one
of the top places to visit in Himachal Pradesh.
Located in the Beas valley at a distance of 16kms from Palampur, Baijnath temple is dedicated to Lord
Shiva. Built of stone in the shikhara style, it is a fine blend of sculpture and architecture. The linga
enshrined in its sanctum is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in the country. The temple attracts a large number
of devotees during the festival of Shivratri.
Naina Devi temple
Naina Devi Temple is located in Bilaspur District on the top of Naina Hill. According to a legend, it is one
of the 51 shaktipeeths where the eyes of Goddess Sati fell. Every year special fair is organized during
Chaitra, Shravan and Ashwin Navratri which attracts millions of devotees from all over the country.
Bhimkali Temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhimkali, an incarnation of Goddess Durga. It is one of the 51
shaktipeeths and it is believed that the ear of Goddess Sati fell here. There is a huge museum inside the
temple which exhibits the exclusive images of Hindu Gods and Goddesses.The Kali Puja is celebrated
here with great zeal and enthusiasm. It is among the top visited temples in Himachal Pradesh.
The temple of Jwalamukhi is dedicated to the goddess Jwalamukhi, the deity of flaming mouth. This
temple is also one of the 51 shaktipeeths where the tongue of Goddess Sati fell. There is no idol because
the Goddess is considered to be residing in the form of flames. Inside the shrine, there is a pit where
several flames are burning in the form of nine ceaseless flames that are named as Mahakali, Annapurna,
Chandi, Hinglaj, Vindhya Vasini, Mahalakshmi, Saraswati, Ambika and Anji Devi respectively.
Chamunda Devi Temple
Located in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, Chamunda Devi Temple is at a distance of 10 kms from
Palampur, on the banks of Baner River. The temple is dedicated to Chamunda Devi, who is a form of
Durga / Shakti. The term 'Chamunda' has been derived from two words, 'Chanda' and 'Munda', the two
demons whom the Goddess killed.
The temple of Ma Chintpurni is located in Una district surrounded by the Himalayas. It is one of the 51
shaktipeeths and it is believed that the Goddess Sati’s feet fell at this place. The word ‘Chintpurni’ means
a remover of troubles and worries. Devotees come here to forget their worries and pray for blessings.
Goddess Chhinnamastika Devi resides in this temple.
Jhakoo Temple is dedicated to Hindu deity Hanuman. It is located at the top of Jhakoo hill of Shimla. It is
a 2 kms uphill climb from the ridge through the beautiful deodar trees. The temple is built around the
place that has Lord Hanuman’s footprints. It is believed that he took rest here while looking for
sanjeevnibooti. A 108 feet statue of Lord Hanuman is also present there.