- Shri Naina Devi Temple
Situated in Bilaspur district of Himachal Pradesh and perched on the banks of Naini Lake, the Naina Devi temple plays a central role in the origin myths surrounding Nainital. It is believed that after the death of his wife Sati, the Hindu god Shiva was so distraught that he began a tandava dance
of cosmic destruction. In order to stop him, Lord Vishnu, the preserver of creation, commanded his divine discus to cut the body of Sati. As a result, different pieces of Sati’s sacred body got scattered all over the earth. Naini Lake is the exact spot where her eye fell, creating the lake.
2. Chamunda Devi Temple
Chamunda Nandikeshwar Temple is in Kangra District, which is about 10 km west to Palampur at the banks of Baner River. Chamunda Devi, a form of Mata Shakti, is the deity in this 16th century temple. Pilgrims can reach to the temple easily from Kangra and Dharamshala in public transport buses as well as by hiring tourist taxis. The temple is a well-known shrine of Hindus and plenty of people come to this place. The temple is believed to be the holy abode of ‘Lord Shiva and Shakti’, and because of this, the temple is also called as Chamunda Nandikeshwar Dham. Chamunda Devi is considered as the wrathful avatar of Durga, the Goddess who can fulfill the wishes of true devotees. Chamunda is believed to be made by goddess Durga by giving all her powers to demolish the demons named Chanda and Munda, and this is how the name came. The architecture of the temple is simple, but there is a divine aura surrounding the place, which offers a high spiritual appeal to the devotees here.
Kangra Devi Temple
Kangra Devi Temple is a popular Hindu pilgrimage site in Kangra District of Himachal Pradesh behind the crowded market of Kangra Town. It is said to be constructed by Goddess Bajreshwari itself at a place where once the famous Ashwamedh or horse-sacrifice took place. Standing behind the cricket field, numerous food selling stalls and bustling streets, the temple stands high and proves its presence by the echoing sounds of its huge bells. The annual Makar Sankranti festival is celebrated at this temple with great pomp and show. On this auspicious occasion ghee is applied on the idol of the goddess and water is poured 100times. After that the idol is decorated by flowers. This is practised for a week.
Chintpurni Devi Temple
One of the important Shakti Peethas of India, Mata Chintpurni Devi Temple is situated on the Solah Singhi Mountain region on Dharamshala-Hoshiarpur Road in Una District. This is the place where Sati’s feet fell due to Lord Shiva’s Tandava dance. As per the local legend, it is believed that the temple was constructed after the goddess revealed herself to Maya Dass, an ardent devotee. The temple houses the idol of the goddess minus her head and therefore the goddess is named as Chinnimastika Devi – ‘The Goddess without a Head’.
Jwalaji Devi Temple
Located in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, Jwala Devi Temple is dedicated to Jwala Ji – a Hindu Goddess depicted by a set of eternal flames. One of the 52 Shakti Peethas in India, it is believed that the tongue of Goddess Sati fell where the Jwala Devi Temple is now situated.