Welcome to the Vajreshwari Temple, folks! Situated at the end of Jansali Bazaar in Chamba, this thousand-year-old temple is dedicated to the Goddess of lightning – Goddess Vajreshwari. And if you’re looking for a shocking good time, this is the place to be!
Legend has it that the Goddess is a manifestation of Goddess Parvati, worshipped in her pinid form. The temple itself is a stunning example of traditional Shikhara architecture, boasting intricate woodwork, delicate stonework, and spectacular carvings. The interior walls are adorned with elaborate carvings of different Hindu deities and idols. You won’t be able to resist taking selfies with all the mesmerizing sculptures!
The temple has a rich history, and its eighteen tiny inscriptions on the outer walls and gigantic entrance pillar guarding the entrance are a testament to its past. Speaking of the entrance, you’ll be greeted by two huge stone lions (symbolizing the temple’s wealth protection) and a Nagarkhana or Drum House.
But wait, there’s more! 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 temple’s most celebrated time of the year is during Amavasya in the month of March when a huge fair is held in the honor of Goddess Vajreshwari. And if that’s not enough, the Navratri festival, also in March, is equally grand. So, mark your calendars and come join the festivities!
However, this temple has faced some serious pillaging in the past, with Mahmud Ghazni and Firoz Shah Tughlaq wreaking havoc in their own ways. But fear not, Mughal Emperor Akbar came to the rescue and restored the temple to its former glory.
And let’s not forget about the hot springs! Vajreshwari is the perfect place for both the pilgrim and the weekender. So, whether you’re looking to recharge your spiritual batteries or just soak in some hot water, this temple has got you covered.