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Champavati Temple, Chamba Overview

Built by Raja Sahil Varman in the memory of his daughter- the namesake Champavati, Champavati Temple is a revered hindu pilgrimage site and is thronged by tourists day in and day out. Located in the heart of the city near Treasury Building and Police Post, the temple has distinctive Shikara style features inspired by the Nepal architectural designs. It boasts of several rock carvings and has a magnified wheel on the rooftop which makes it unique from the other temples in the region. Large sculptures grace the interiors and the walls have beautiful carvings on stone.

Champavati Temple enshrines the idol of Goddess Mahisasuramardini, an incarnation of Goddess Durga. In addition, the premises also house shrines of Vasuki Naga and Wazir. The splendour and magnificence of the temple is often compared with the Laxmi Narayan Temple. Managed and maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India, the temple holds a great religious and historical relevance and is an important pilgrimage destination for Hindus.

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Etymology of Champavati Temple

Legend suggests that the daughter of Raja Varman- Champavati was a very religious person and used to visit temples and sadhus’ ashrams regularly. The king got suspicious of her actions and decided to follow her one day, with a dagger in his coat. On reaching the ashram, he found the premises empty of either his daughter of the sadhu she was visiting. Just as he was about to return, a heavenly voice told him that his daughter has been taken away as a punishment of his actions and that he should build a temple in her honour to avoid further calamities. That is how Champavati Temple was constructed, in the memory of Raja Varman’s daughter.

How To Reach Champavati Temple

Chamba is a small town well-connected through state run buses, cabs, autos and local rickshaws. Champavati Temple is located in the heart of the city and can be reached easily through any of the above transport options.

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