You can plan out religious tours of Himachal Pradesh and experience the immense spiritual bounties of this land. Earlier this land was known as Devabhoomi, the place of Gods. There are around two thousand temples all over the Himachal Pradesh state. Several architectural patterns are available in the state as it experienced different dynasties from the ancient times. Shikhras are engraved with stones. These holy places are important Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh and Christian pilgrimages found in India.
Bajreshwari Temple near the Kangra town is dedicated to the Goddess Bajreshwari. The temple was destroyed in the earthquake of 1905. It was rebuilt in 1920 and is now an important pilgrimage site. The temple is known for its legendary wealth. Baijinath Temple of Kangra is an ancient temple of the ninth centuary. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It was built in the Shikhara style, using stones. Jwalamukhi Temple is another important temple. Fairs held during March-April and September-October are really wonderful. The Lakshminarayan Group of temple of Chamba has great archaeological importance. Finely carved six stone temples are dedicated to Lord Shiva and Vishnu. These are the oldest temples of Himachal Pradesh that dates back to the 8th century. You will probably love to include this temple complex in your itinerary while planning religious tours of Himachal Pradesh.
Hari Rai, Champavati, Ram Chandra, Bansigopal, Chamunda, Yogi Charpat Nath and Brijeshwari are other temples around Chamba. Chaursi Temple, Chattari Temple, Manimahesh, Mandi, Rewalsar, Prashar Temple, Shikari Devi, Hanogi Maa and Koyla Maa temples are worth visiting during undertaking religious tours of Himachal Pradesh.
A strong Buddhist tradition is available at remote valleys of Lahaul, Spiti and Kinnaur. Dharamshala is the spectacular Tibetan township of Buddhist culture. Dalai Lama has settled in exile at this place only. Rewalsar is the most sacred place for Buddhists. A pagoda style monastery is placed on the edge of the lake at a 20 km distance from Mandi. Guru From this spot, Padmasambhava started his journey towards Tibet to spread the Dharma. Guru Ghantal monastery is situated on the bank of Chandra River. It is known as oldest Gompa of Lahaul with the wooden pyramidal roofs and wooden carving. Lamas and Thakurs celebrate Ghantal festival on the full moon night of June. Kardang monastery near Keylong attracts a large number of visitors to see the devil dance of Lamas. It was 17th century monastery. The paintings of this monastery symbolize the history of 84 Buddhas. Shashur monastery and Tayul Gompa ar4e also located near Keylong. Kye Monastery is the largest and oldest monastery of the valley. It houses the beautiful paintings of Buddha and other Goddesses. Thang Yug Gompa, Kungri Gompa, Dhankar monastery, Tabo monastery, Tashigang Gompa, Tilasangh monastery and Nako are the other legendary spots of that you will come across while undertaking religious tours of Himachal Pradesh.
Sirmaur ruler called the Sikhs to help them against the Mughals in 1695. Guru Gobind Singh and his army were settled in Paonta Sahib of Shivalik hills. Number of Sikh pilgrimage centers were established here in the 18th century. Paonta Sahib is among the most important Sikh pilgrimages of religious tours of Himachal Pradesh. It is placed on the banks of the Yamuna river. It is the most respected place, since it has association with the 10th Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh.
Manikaran Gurudwara is located in the peaceful surroundings of the Manikaran area of Kullu district. It was the favourite place of the first Guru of Sikhs, Guru Nanak. He frequently came to this place for meditation purpose. Rewalsar Gurudwara is located on a sacred lake of Mandi district.
Churches of Himachal Pradesh are not more than 150 years old as British made a late appearance in this area. The Christ Church is a fine structure of Angelican style. St. Michael Church was the first Catholic edifice of Shimla, built in 1850. There are five marble altars of Italy inside the Church. The fine stained glass windows add to the beauty of the Church. St. John Church of Dharamshala is another important Church that will give you a serene experience while you undertake religious tours of Himachal Pradesh. It is located on a road between Mcleodganj and Forsyteganj. Lord Eglin, the viceroy of India, was buried here after his death. Dalhousie is another destination for churches. The Catholic Church of St. Francis is one of the most beautiful churches of this hill station.
Last Updated On: 2011/07/06