Unknown facts of Bajreshwari Temple

Unknown facts of Bajreshwari Temple

Often called Devabhoomi, the beautiful state of Himachal Pradesh is believed to be the earthly abode of Hindu gods. Pagoda style shrine, stone carved Shikharas, Sikh Gurudwaras and Buddhist Gompas, the land of Himachal Pradesh is seats many pilgrimage sites and spiritual shrines and temple. Amongst all these peaceful temples stands the picturesque Bajreshwari Temple. Read this blog to get more information about this Shakti Peetha.

The Bajreshwari Temple happens to be the most visited Hindu shrine in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. It is listed amongst the 51 Shakti Peethas of Adi Shakti which makes it one of the main attractions of the state.

Often called Vajreshwari, the primary deity of the temple is also known by the names of Bajreshwari, Vajradevi and Vajrayogini. Her name literally means the goddess of thunder.

Goddess Vajreshwari is considered as an earthly avatar of Goddess Parvati or Aadi-Maya and in this temple, she is worshiped in the form of Jayadurga.

Legend says that when Lord Shiva carried the immolated corpse of Goddess Sati, her left breast fell at this spot. According to the other known stories, this magnificent temple is believed to have been found by the goddess during a famous Ashwamedh Yagna that was held at this spot.

A legend says that after Goddess Sati sacrificed herself in the honor of Lord Shiva in her Fathers Yagya. Shiva took her body on his shoulder and started Tandav. In order to stop him from destroying the world Lord Vishnu divided the body of Sati into 51 parts with his Chakra. The left breast of Sati fell at this spot, thus making it a Shakti Peeth.

The original temple was built by the Pandavas at the time of Mahabharatha. Legend says that one day Pandavas saw Goddess Durga in their dream in which she told them that she is situated in the Nagarkot village and if they want them self to be secure they should make a temple for her in that area otherwise they will be destroyed. That same night they made a magnificent temple for her in the Nagarkot village.

The history of this temple states that it was looted a number of times by the invaders and has gone through a lot of damage due to the plunder. The temple also faced heavy damage in 1905 by a powerful earthquake and was subsequently rebuilt by the government. The temple was restored to its former glory in the year 1920.

The current temple is built in Nagara architectural style. It is a distinctive structure that has stone walls that resemble the Kangra fort and three domes including the main Shikhara.

Inside this sanctum, Goddess Vajreshwari is present in the form of a Pindi. The locals consider the presiding deity as the Kul-Devi. Along with the small shrine of Lord Bhairava, there is an idol of a famous devotee called Dhayanu Bhagat that is placed just in front of the main sanctum.

Makar sakrantri, which comes on second week of January, is also celebrated in the temple. Legend says that after killing Mahishasura in the battle, devi had got some injuries. to heel those injuries Goddess had applied Makhan (butter) on her body, in Nagarkot. Thus to mark this day the Pindi of Goddess is covered with Makhan and the festival is celebrated for a week in the temple.

The festivals of Navratri and Makar Sankranti are celebrated with a grandeur in this temple.

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