Chamunda Devi Temple of Himachal Pradesh
The famous Chamunda Mata Temple is situated at an altitude of 1000 m above sea-level in Kangra District of Himachal Pradesh near Dharamshala. Chamunda Devi temple of Himachal Pradesh is a renowned tourist attraction. The temple is located on the backdrop of snow capped Himalayan Dhauladhar range on the bank of river Ban Ganga. A large number of devotees from Himachal, Punjab and other parts of the country visit this holy place to seek blessings of goddesses 'Chamunda' (Hindu deity).
According to Hindu Mythology Chamunda Devi Temple is related with two devils named Chanda and Munda of the notorious demon king known as Shumbh Nishumbh. Chanda and Munda With their evil mind tried to harass the goddess Ambika. This notoriety of the two demons resulted in battle between the gods and demons. Chamunda Devi was assigned the mission to eliminate the demons Chanda and Munda. It is believed that Chamunda emerged as Chandika from an eyebrow of goddess Ambika. Chandika as a result completed her mission of destroying the two demons and she presented the heads of Chanda and Munda in front of Ambika., The Goddess Ambika was very happy with the act of Chamunda Devi and in reward she named the city as Chamunda. Thereafter the temple of Chamunda Devi is worshipped with that elegance and faith by all.
Location of Chamunda Devi Temple
Chamunda Devi Temple is located in Kangra District and is around 15 km from the District HQ Dharamshala. Chamunda Mata Temple is dedicated to goddess Durga, The backdrop of Chamunda Devi temple offers an outstanding venue for the devotees who like to meditate and wish for spiritual attainment.
The Surroundings of Chamunda Devi Temple provides an amazing, enchanting and mesmerizing spot with captivating view of the Dhauladhar Mountains apart from the enthralling view of rivers and forests. Thousands of devotees travel to Chamunda Devi Temple for worship and to achieve spiritual peace for their ancestors. There is a strong belief among devotees that taking dip in the Ban Ganga River near Chamunda Devi Temple is auspicious and sacred.
Lord Shiva Temple is also located in the premises of Chamunda Devi which include a big complex with a 'Kund' ( Holy Pond) in it. The devotees take holy dip in the Kund.
Other Attractions of Chamunda Devi Temple
Alongside Chamunda Mata temple, there is located an Ayurvedic dispensary, library. There is a Sanskrit college situated in the Chamunda Devi temple complex. The library at Chamunda Devi Temple consists of exceptional stock of old manuscripts, books on astrology, Hindu philosophy, Vedas, Puranas, Upnishads, Sanskrit and History..
How to Reach Chamunda Devi Temple
Nearest Airport is Gaggal Airport around 25 Km
Nearest Narrow Gauage station is Chamunda Mandir Station (5Km) and Broad Guage Station is Pathankot (90 Km).
Number of buses ply between Delhi to Chamunda Dharamshala and Kangra. Chamunda Devi is well connected by road from all parts of the Himachal and Punjab.
Travelers can also hire private taxis from Dharamsala or Kangra to reach the temple.