Vajreshwari Temple

On the trip to Chamba you should visit the various temples that add to the beauty of Chamba. Some of these temples like the Vajreshwari Temple were built in the ancient times of Raja Sahil Varma.

It is believed that the Vajreshwari Temple is more than thousand years old. There is no historical documentation to prove this but the locals believe that it is very old. Some say that it was built in the eleventh century AD. The temple is dedicated to goddess Vajreshwari, the goddess of lightening.

The temple is located in the northernmost corner of the town, at the end of the Jansali bazaar. The architecture of the temple is the distinct shikhara styled. In this style of architecture magnificent shikars (domes) are constructed on the roofs of the temples. The temple has two erected pillars at the entrance. These pillars are inscribed with short tree lined carvings. One of these pillars is inscribed with the records that Raja Udai Singh carried out some renovation work at the temple. This work was commenced on the 17th day of Asadh.

The entrance of the temple is guarded by the sculptures of two dvarpalas (guards), carrying staffs in their hands. It is believed that the dvarpalas were stationed, so that no one could enter the temple when the goddess was meditating. This is the religious belief of the locals.

The tourists can also see the images of goddess Durga and lord Vishnu in the niches to the exterior walls. The image depicts four armed goddess Durga sitting on a lion. The lord Vishnu image has three faces, of a human, boar and a lion. It is said that this image depicts the form, that lord Vishnu assumed in the Vaikuntha. Apart from this, the pillars inside the temple are ornately carved and depict various deities. The remarkable feature of this temple is the stone figure of Mahishasuramardini, an avatar (incarnation) of goddess Durga. She is standing in a distinct posture, with a right foot over the asura, who is emerging from a buffaloe. The goddess has eight arms. In the right side arms, she is holding a trident, a charka and an arrow, while the left arms have the shields, a bow and the tuft of an asura. It is believed that this image belongs to the 15th-16th century AD.

The legend behind this image is that goddess Durga assumed the form of Mahishasuramardini to kill Mahisasura. Mahisaura was a fearless asura who was attacking the Gods. The legend has it that goddess killed him and lost her fourth left arm during the battle.

Therefore people from around Chamba visit this temple to pray for their well-being. The temple has wooden chattries and is built on an elevation. Apart from the main Vajreshwari Temple, tourists can visit the two smaller temples located on either side of the shrine. Both these temples are built in a simple manner, but are worth visiting.

Hence on your trip to Chamba you should visit the Vajreshwari Temple as a part of the tourist attractions in Chamba.

Last Updated On: 2011/07/07