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Chamunda Devi Temple, Chamba Overview

Perched on top of the Shah Madar Range and overlooking a spectacular view of the tiny township of Chamba, Chamunda Devi Temple was built by Raja Umed Singh in the year 1762. Nestled amidst the woods of Pathiar and Lahla, the temple is entirely made of wood and has gable roofs. Situated on the banks of river Baner, the temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali, also known as the Goddess of War. Earlier it could only be reached through a flight of around 400 steps cut out of a stone pathway but now it is easily accessible through a 3 kms long concrete road from Chamba. The seven hundred year old temple has a cave-like structure at the back which is believed to be the symbol of Lord Shiva and a stone phallus is kept to mark the territory.

Also known as Chamunda Nandikeshwar Dham, Chamunda Devi Temple is home to the gods Shiva and Shakti. Lord Hanuman and Lord Bhairav guard the front gate of the temple and are considered to be the protectors of the Goddess. The shrine boasts of enchanting decor and striking architecture, and has carvings on silver sheet in the inner sanctum. Adorned with beautiful floral patterns and extravagant idols, the temple also present a wonderful picture of the beguiling Himalayan Range in the backdrop. In addition to this, the temple complex also houses a handicrafts shop which sells pretty souvenirs to take back home. Navratri is the most busy time of the year at Chamunda Devi Temple when thousands of pilgrims travel from across the miles to pay their homage to Goddess Kali aka Chamunda Devi.

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Etymology of Chamunda Devi Temple

It is believed that once Goddess Ambika was disturbed by two demons- Chanda and Munda, while she was relaxing on top of a hill. This enraged her immensely, which gave rise to Goddess Kali in a typical tiger skin wearing a garland made of human skull. After she killed both the demons, Goddess Ambika declared a temple to be built at the spot and that Goddess Kali be worshipped as Chamunda Devi.

Best Time To Visit Chamunda Devi Temple

The perfect time to visit Chamunda Devi Temple is during the time of Navratri in March and April. Since the weather is also pleasant and devoid of biting cold, it is a relief and you can enjoy the festivities with enthusiasm and fervour and without any discomfort.

How To Reach Chamunda Devi Temple

Chamba is a small town well-connected through state run buses, cabs, autos and local rickshaws. However, Chamunda Devi Temple is located on a hill-top; you can avail public transport to reach the base of the hill and then trek to the top. Alternatively, you can drive down or hire a cab to take you through the concrete road to the temple.

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