Chamunda Devi Temple

Chamunda Devi Temple is located in a prominent position on the spur of Shah Madar range of hills, opposite to the Chamba town. It was built by Raja Umed Singh and was completed in 1762.

  • It is the only wooden temple with gabled roof (single storied) in Chamba.

  • All others in the town are built from stone in the north Indian Nagara architectural style.

  • This temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali, who is known as the Goddess of War.

  •  Lord Hanuman and Lord Bhairav adore the main shrine as both are assembled in each side of the statue are considered as the guards of the Goddess.

  • It has beautiful carvings rendering floral themes and different idol, overlooks enchanting views of the Chamba Valley.

  • During Navratras, people from all over the India visit in swarms and get the blessings of Chamunda Devi Temple.

  • As legend goes, when Goddess Ambika was sitting at the top of the hill, the two devils namely Chanda and Munda tried to disturb her .

  • She got angered and from her knitted brows came the Goddess Kali in tiger skinned sari and a wreath of skull to kill both the demons.

  • After killing them, Goddess Ambika declared that kali would now be worshiped as Chamunda Devi.

  • The architecture of the shrine is quite simple and sober but the religious influence is simply overwhelming.

  • It has beautiful carvings rendering floral themes and different idol, overlooks enchanting views of the Chamba Valley.

  • The temple is around seven hundred year old and it houses a tank which is used by devotees for bathing.

  • The temple was accessed through a stone paved steep path that take 378 steps.

  • But now travelers can reach by road as it is easily accessible and only 3 km away. 

  •  Once you are here, you’ll find the thick forests of Pathiar and Lahla, that make it a perfect tourist attraction in Himachal Pradesh.

  • The temple overlooks an enchanting view of the beautiful township, down the hill.