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Temples of Chamba
- LAXMI NARAYAN TEMPLE : Regarded as the Main and oldest as well as the largest one in Chamba, Himachal Pradesh, the Laxmi Narayan Temple attracts a whole lot of visitors. This temple was built in the 10th century by Sahil Verman in Shikara style. The Laxmi Narayan Temple is constructed in the Shikhara style. There is Bimana (Shikhara), garbhgriha and also a mandapa like structure. The wooden chattris and the shell roofs reflect the climactic condition of the place where snowfall is quiet expected. It continued to be embellished by the Rajas who succeeded to the throne of Chamba. The six temples in the Laxmi Narayan Temple complex are arranged from north to south and are dedicated to either Shiva or Vishnu. There are also some other temples housed in the complex which together make it extremely attractive. These other shrines include the temple of Radha Krishna, Shiva Temple of Chandergupta and Gauri Shankar Temple. The Lakshmi Narayan Temple complex is opened first between 6 am to 12.30 pm and then from 2.30 to 8.30 pm.
- CHAMUNDA DEVI TEMPLE : The temple, dedicated to the wrathful form of Goddess Durga, is situated atop the Shah Madar hill. A small temple dedicated to Lord Shiva also stands right behind the main Chamunda temple. Infront of the temple, there are two old peepul tree standing on a platform. These trees have been providing shelter to the incoming visitors for long. Moreover, from this platform, you can also catch fantastic views of other temples and landmarks of the town. Because of this reason, the temple is also a pretty well known picnic spot of the town. Currently, the temple is under the protection of the Archaeological Survey of India. The temple is an ideal picnic spot throughout the year because it has an easy approach and a commanding view. This temple can be approached by road from Chamba (3 kms). It lies on the right hand side of the Chamba-Jhamwar road.
- CHAMPAVATI TEMPLE : This temple is located behind the City Police Post and Treasury building. The temple of goddess Champavati is shikhara style. This temple is after the name of Champavati, daughter of King Sahil Verman who built this temple in her memory. It is said that Champavati influenced her father to set-up the Chamba city, at the present location. This temple is constructed in Shikara style, with wheel roof and stone curving. As far as the size of the temple goes, it can compare with the famous Laxmi Narayan Temple.
- VAJESHWARI TEMPLE : (At the end of Jansali Bazar). Almost 1000 year old and dedicated to Goddess of lightning, Vajreshwar Devi. This is another temple in Chamba which is built in Shikhara style. It is dedicated to Devi Vajreshwari or the goddess of lightening. The temple is situated on the northern most corner of the town at the end of Jansali Bazaar. No historical record of the temple is available. The temple is built in the Shikhara style with wooden Chhattries and stands on the platform. The Shikhara of the temple is elaborately carved. There are two other minor temples on either side of the main shrine.
- HARI RAI TEMPLE : Also Called Vishnu temple. This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and has a beautiful bronze image of the lord in its interiors. The construction of the temple, dating back to the 11th century, is credited to Salbahana. The temple itself is constructed in the shikhara style, like most of the other temples in Chamba. Standing on an elevated platform, it is the only temple that is close to Chaugan (Near Chaugan Gate). Much of this temple is hidden behind some unimaginative structures of the British period behind the Gandhi Gate and the Fire Station Building. The temple enshrines a marvellous bronze image of Lord Vishnu in the form of Chaturmurti. The temple of Hari Rai is believed to be of great antiquity and legend affirms that the Ravi once flowed in a shallow stream across the Chaugan and the temple had to be approached by stepping.
- SUI MATA TEMPLE : The temple is dedicated to the sacrifice of a rani who laid down her life to ensure that Chamba did not go waterless. The temple is located on Shah Madar Hill between the Chamunda Devi temple and Brajreshwari Devi temple. There is also a fair organised every year from 15th of the Chait to the first of Baisakhi. This fair or Mela is known as the Sui Mata ka Mela. The fair is specially important for the women and children. They sing devotional songs in praise of the rani extolling her supreme sacrifice for the betterment of the people. The temple is decorated with colorful paintings depicting the life of Sui.
- BANSI GOPAL TEMPLE : This is another temple of Shikhara style.
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