Famous Temples of Goddess Durga in North India
All ancient scriptures and epics of Hindu pantheon such as Puranas, Vedas offer the eulogy of Goddess Shakti. Since “Shakti” is known as the supreme representation of divine feminine energy, she represents creations and demolitions. Goddess Shakti expresses herself in cosmic and divine forms of Goddess Saraswati, Goddess Kali, Goddess Durga and Goddess Laxmi. Among these manifested incarnations of Goddess Shakti, Durga is one of the supreme embodiments to destroy evil forces and restore harmony in the universe. She is known to her devotees as the annihilator of sufferings. There are several famous temples of Goddess Durga, located in the different areas of the country; you can visit to explore spirituality.
Here is a list of famous temples of Goddess Durga in hill stations you must visit:
Naina Devi Mata Temple:
The famous shrine of Naina Devi Mata Temple is a hilltop temple 57 km away from Bilaspur district of Himachal Pradesh. Devotees from all walks of life visit this temple to receive the blessings of Mata Naina Devi. According to the Hindu mythology, Sati Mata’s eyes fell at the holy shrine of this temple. Therefore the holy place is known as Naina Devi temple. The temple offers a great view of Govind Sagar and snow-laden peaks of the Dhawladhar range. There is a facility of cable car nearby Naina Devi Mata temple. As the altitude of this hilltop temple is 1177 meters high, after paying your obeisance to Goddess Naina Devi, you can enjoy a panoramic view of Govind Sagar and snow-laden peaks of the Dhawladhar range while enjoy travelling in ropeway cars. It is built by well known Damodar Ropeways & Infra Ltd. [DRIL].
Jwalaji Devi Temple:
Jwalaji Devi Temple is situated in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. It is one of the ancient temples in India as it is mentioned in epic Mahabharata and other Hindu scriptures. It is regarded as the one of the Shakti Peeths, as the tongue of Sati Mata fell. There is no idol of Goddess Jwala Ji inside the temple instead an internal burning flame represents her form. Since the time of Mughal Emperor Akbar, many people tried to extinguish this eternal flame of Jwalaji Devi Temple. But no one succeeded with their efforts including British rulers. Even today, people don’t know the source of the flames or Jyotis. There are total nine Jyotis or Jwalaji flames embodying different incarnation of Goddess Shakti.
Chamunda Devi Temple:
Chamunda Devi temple is located just 10 km away from the Palampur district, on the banks of River Ban Ganga. It is situated at Chotila Village, which is on the way from Rajkot city to Ahmadabad city. The temple is almost seven hundred years old. According to the Hindu mythology, Devi Chamunda has emerged from an eyebrow of Goddess Durga to destroy demons named Chanda and Munda. There is a large and sacred water tank at the shrine of the temple known as Kund. The idol of the main temple is concealed from the devotees beneath red clothes as it is considered to be very sacred. No devotee is even allowed to take glimpses of Mata Chamunda Devi.
Vaishno Devi Temple:
World famous Vaishno Devi temple is one of the holiest and oldest temples of Devi Shakti. It is situated in the laps of Trikuta Hills in Jammu and Kashmir. This holy abode of Mata Durga is well known for wish fulfilment of devotees across the world. Millions of pilgrims gather across the world just to offer their obeisance to Goddess Vaishno Devi. The exact age of this holy shrine or cave is not possible to ascertain like many other holy places. According to some legends, Vaishno Devi temple is one of the holiest Shakti Peeths. The stone inside the holy cave of Vaishno Devi does resemble of a human hand and is famously known as Varad Hast (the hands of Goddess Durga grants only blessings).
The journeys to Vaishno Devi temple have been very perilous to the pilgrims. Recently the Bhawan to Bhairon Ghati Passenger Ropeway Project has opened a new alternate route to the pilgrims, who are trying to reach the holy shrine of the temple. Damodar Ropeways & Infra Ltd. [DRIL] along with M/s Garaventa AG, Switzerland has completed this project under the supervision of RITES. These passenger ropeways can carry the capacity of eight hundred persons per hour to Bhaironji Temple after offering obeisance at Mata Vaishno Devi temple. The ropeways climb high to an altitude of 6600ft.
So what are you waiting for? Plan your trips to these holy shrines in upcoming festive to find inner peace and tranquility.