Bajreshwari Devi Temple in Kangra Himachal Pradesh

Here is Some Information about Bajreshwari Devi Temple in Kangra Himachal Pradesh India.

Location:  The Kangra town, known to the ancients as Nagarkot
Built in:11th century
Built By: breasts of Sati had fallen
Dedicated to:Bajreshwari Devi
Entry:free
Photography:Allow
Temple Timing: 5:00 Am to 10:00Pm
Visiting Timing: 30 Mins
Best time to Visit: All time
Nearest Railway Station: Samela
Nearest Air Port: Gaggal Airport

Brajeshwari Devi Temple Known once for its legendary wealth of diamonds and pearls, this temple was subject to successive depredation by invaders from the North. Mohammed of Ghazni is known to have departed with a king's ransom in gold, silver and jewels in 1009. Earthquake of 1905 destroyed it completely. Rebuilt in the present form in 1920, it continues to be a busy place of pilgrimage. The stunning Bajreshwari Devi temple is a stupendous example of superior stone carving. One among the two pillars situated at the entrance of the temple carries inscriptions that give information about the period of construction of the temple. At the doorway of the temple there are two janitors holding staffs in their hands. The exterior alcoves are enshrined with the image of the four-armed Durga seated on a lion and Vishnu in Vaikuntha form. The marvelously carved pillars depict images of numerous gods and goddesses of the Hindu Pantheon. One among the hectic pilgrim center, Bajreshwari Devi Temple, is a must visit and a sacred spot that one should not spare with.

Legend of Bajreshwari Devi Temple

According to legend there was a severe and prolonged drought in Kangra area of Beas basin that led to the death of hundreds of people. A few devotees began fasting and performed havan (fire ritual) to propitiate Goddess Durga. It is said the goddess showed them the spot where the breasts of Sati had fallen and wanted a temple to be built for the goddess Bajreshwari at that place. Bajreshwari is considered to be another manifestation of Sati. This mythical origin of Bajreshwari Devi and the temple enshrining her is firmly believed throughout Himachal Pradesh. Thousands of devotees throng the temple and the rush is greatest during the Navaratri days.

The valuable jewels and other articles offered to the deity by the devotees attracted the invasion of Sultan Mahmud of Ghazni in 1009. According to history the temple was plundered and gold, silver and jewels were all looted. A small garrison was left at the place by Sultan Mahmud. Thirty-five years later the Hindu princes under the patronage of the Raja of Delhi regained possession. A replica of the idol was again enshrined.

In 1360 Kangra was again invaded by Firoz Shah Tughlaq and the temple was again plundered and desecrated. Emperor Akbar is supposed to have visited the temple with his dewan Todar Mal and restored the temple to its previous glory. 
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How to Rich Bajreshari Devi Temple

This temple is well connected to other parts of Himachal Pradesh. Gaggal Airport is 8 km from Kangra town. Kangra Mandir and Samela are the two railway stations at Kangra. Samela is around 5 km from this temple. The distance between Kangra and Pathankot is around 86 km. Palampur is just 17 km from here and is easily accessible.

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