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Situated at the end of Jansali Bazaar in Chamba, Vajreshwari Temple is dedicated to the Goddess of lightning popularly known as Goddess Vajreshwari, and is atleast a thousand years old. Goddess Vajreshwari is believed to be a manifestation of Goddess Parvati and she is worshipped here in her pinid form. Built in the traditional Shikhara style of architecture, the shrine is a flawless amalgamation of spectacular carvings, intricate woodwork and delicate stonework. The interior walls have elaborate carvings of different Hindu deities and idols. Also known as Bajreshwari Temple, the magnanimous temple has eighteen tiny inscriptions on the outer walls, and some on the gigantic pillar guarding the entrance. Also, the entrance has a Nagarkhana or a Drum House and is graced with two huge stone lions (symbol for protecting the temple wealth).
The shrine houses a magnificent idol of Goddess Durga seated on a lion along with God Vishnu on the side with three faces- human, boar and lion.The most celebrated time of the year at the temple is the month of March during Amavasya, when a huge fair is held in the honour of Goddess Vajreshwari. The next most grand festival is Navratri, also celebrated in the month of March.
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