Maa Bhimakali

One of 51 Shakti Peethass, Shri Bhima Kali Temple is a very popular tourist place in the town of Sarahan in Himachal Pradesh.

The temple popularly known as the Saharan Temple is famous for its unique architecture and incredible wood carving. Believed to build about 3000 years ago, the temple is situated at a 2150 meters and is almost 180 kms from Shimla.

The temple is dedicated to Maa Bhimakali, the mother goddess and the commanding idol of the rulers of former Bushahr State.

There are many legends and stories associated with Maa Bhimakali, one of which is the Daksha-Yagna event. It is believed that the ear of Sati fell at this place and it became a Pitha – Sthan (a sacred place of worship).

The icon of the Devi is preserved at the top storey of the new building which is present in the form of a virgin. Goddess Parvati, the daughter of Himalaya is consecrated below the top storey as the holy companion of Lord Shiva.

The temple complex is built in the traditional shikhara style and features wooden beam structure and Ashlar stone work. The complex has four more temples dedicated to Shri Raghunath Ji, Narsinghji, Shri Lankravir (guardian deity of mother goddess) and Shri Hanuman Ji.

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