Apart from being the land of picturesque snow-capped hills and serene surroundings, the beautiful state of Himachal Pradesh is also known as ‘Devabhoomi’ or ‘the land of Gods’ due to the presence of temples. There is an array of religious places in Shimla including temples and churches built during the British period. In fact, the former summer capital derives its name from Shyamala Devi, an incarnation of Goddess Kali.These temples and churches are included in almost every Shimla tour packages.
Tara Devi Temple
Widely known for its heritage and spiritual value, you can spot the Tara Devi Temple on your way from Kalka to Shimla. Located around 11 km from Shimla, the temple is situated at the top of the hill amidst the lush green surroundings. The temple dates back to 250 years. Earlier the temple had a wooden idol of Tara Devi, which was later relocated to the top of the hill with an attractive idol made from a combination of eight elements.
Situated at a distance of about 5 km from Shimla, Shri SankatMochan Temple is located at Taradevi on the Kalka-Shimla National Highway. The history dates back to the late 1950’s. The temple gets its name from one of the synonyms of Lord Hanuman. Not only the temple frequented by the pilgrims and devotees but also by the tourists of all age groups.
Dedicated to Shyamala Devi, the temple is situated in the Jakhu Hills. Kali Bari Temple is said to be built in the first half of the 18th century. The temple houses a wooden idol of Goddess Shyamala, a fearsome reincarnation of Goddess Kali.
Situated at a height of 8,500 ft in the east of the Ridge, Jakhu Temple is an uphill climb through the beautiful deodar trees. Devoted to Lord Hanuman, the temple is situated on the highest peak of Shimla. The temple has inscribed sculptures of Gods on the pillars and walls. Jakhu Temple is one of the prime attractions of the Shimla tour packages.
This 800-year temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga or Bheemakali and is one of the 51 sacred Shakti Peethas. Built in Tibetan style architecture with both Hindu and Buddhist influences, Bheemakali Temple boasts bronze statues of both the religions. Set against a beautiful backdrop, the temple has slanted roofs, pagodas, golden towers, and a carved silver door.
Situated at a distance of 104 km from Shimla along the river Pabbar, Hatkoti temple is devoted to Lord Shiva and Goddess Durga. The temple is famous for the ancient temple of Mata Hateswariamidst the paddy fields on the bank of the PabbarRiver.
A trip to these sacred places while in Shimla will show you a glimpse of the spiritual faith prevalent in India.