is a thousand years old temple, built at the ending of Jansali Bazaar in
Chamba. This temple worships the Goddess of lightning, in the name of Goddess
Vajreshwari. Goddess Vajreshwari is told to be an incarnation of Goddess
Parvati and she resides in this temple in her pinid form. The temple is made in
the Shikhara style and is a perfect amalgamation of intricate woodwork,
spectacular carvings, and delicate stonework. The temple has idols of Hindi
deities and the interior walls are carved elaborately. The architectural design
of this temple is magnificent. This great temple has eighteen different
inscriptions, carved of the walls of the temple and some are on the huge
pillars guarding the entrance. There is also a drum house or Nagarakhana at the
entrance and two lion sculptures are placed as a symbol for protection.
temple houses a gigantic idol of the Goddess Durga. She is sitting on a lion.
God Vishnu with three faces is placed beside her. Among the three faces, one is
of a human, the other is of a boar and the third is of a lion. March is the
most celebrated time of the year. A fair is held to honor the Goddess during
Amavasya. Apart from this, Navaratri is also celebrated here in the same month
in a grand way.
More on Vajreshwari Temple
Legend of Vajreshwari Temple
There are various legends related to
the building of this temple. The most popular one is about the sacrifice of
Goddess Sati. Goddess Sati sacrificed herself in the Yagna of her father. Lord
Shiva took her dead body and started tandava. To save the world from Lord
Shiva’s anger, Lord Vishnu cut the body of Goddess Sati into 52 pieces with his
Chakra. The body parts landed on different parts of the world and each of them
became a shakti peeth. One part landed on the location of this temple. Later
Pandavas had a dream of Goddess Parvati. She told them to build a temple on the
site, only then the Pandavas will be able to save themselves from destruction.
Thus a temple was made to honor the memory of Goddess Sati and was named as
History of Vajreshwari Temple
It is believed that the temple houses
a huge amount of wealth. All the idols are known to be clad with expensive
ornaments and heavy jewelry. Because of this immense amount of gold, the temple
was robbed and plundered many times. In 1009AD Mahmud Ghazni robbed the temple
and destroyed it completely. He also built a mosque in its place. After 35
years when the king of the region got his powers back, he made a replica of the
temple and restored it. The new temple was decorated lavishly with jewels and
ornaments of diamond, gold, and silver.
Later in 1360, the temple was again
robbed by Firoz Shah Tughlaq. But in Mughal rule, Akbar visited the place and
decided to restore the temple. In 1905, several earthquakes damaged the temple
to some extent. Since then the temple is standing strong and is now a popular
religious place for visitors.
Best Time To Visit Vajreshwari Temple
The annual fair is the main attraction
of this place. It is held in March on Amavasya. The fair is celebrated by all
the locals here. The weather is also pleasant during this time.
How to Reach Vajreshwari Temple
well connected through cabs, buses, autos. The temple is located in Jansali
bazaar and people can reach it easily by availing any transport system