BHIMAKALI TEMPLE

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Location: Sarahan, Himachal Pradesh
Presiding Deity:Goddess Bhimkali
Unique Feature: Two Temples Of Chinese Architecture Dedicated To The Goddess
Main Attractions: Navaratras & Dusshera Fair

The Bhimakali temple with its six Silver coated doors is a mixture of both Hindu and Buddhist style of architecture attracts pilgrims and tourists from all over the world. The temple of Bhimakali is situated at Sarahan. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhimakali but there are numerous other deities installed in the complex.

THE LEGEND OF BHIMKALI TEMPLE
One comes to know of the origin of the temple also through the legends in the "Markandya Purana" and "Durga Shaptshati". Legends say Goddess Durga had promised the 'Devtas' that she would save them from the atrocities of 'Asuras' by re-incarnation. True to her word she decimated the 'Asuras' and became famous by the name of Bhima Devi.

The five-storey Bhimakali temple is situated on a hillock amongst beautiful scenery of gigantic deodar trees. The exquisitely carved wooden sloped roofs are slanting and slightly and concave. These roofs are reminiscent of the Chinese architecture.

There are two temples of Bhimakali. The original temple got tilted hence the second has been constructed in the same architectural style. The statuettes of 'Devis' were installed in the temple in 1962. The one meter Ashtdhatu (alloys of 8 metals) Deity of Goddess surrounded by 'Parikrama Path' on the four sides. Besides this deity are statuettes of numerous deities like 'Chamunda', 'Annpurna', 'Brajeshwari', 'Shiv-Parvati', 'Ganesh', and 'Buddha'. The Devi is decorated with silver plates.

The Bimakali temple attracts a stream of visitors during Navratras. Other major fairs celebrated with gaity and fervour are Janamashtami, Ramnavmi, Makar Sakranti, Shivratri and Diwali. Three day Dussehra fair dedicated to Raghunathji is enthusiastically celebrated with a Rath Yatra.



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