Chamba is situated at a ht of 996 mt above the sea level on the South bank of the Ravi River, is known as the land of antiquity, remembered as a wonderful place for visiting this place with its art and scenic beauty making it the ideal holiday retreat. It also consists of heart touching fringe of the Shivaliks, with three well-defined snowy ranges namely:
The nature lovers would surely love to visit these slopes of mountains, breathe fresh air, and the one who loves to paint and write poems would certainly lost in its beauty.
This ancient temple was built by 'Raja Sahil Verma', who founded the Pahari capital in 920 A.D. had named this temple after his loving daughter Champavati. Thus it is also known as "Champavathi Temple". This temple stands on a rise at the top of the Dogra Bazaar, which has a line of six beautiful stone shikharas, beautifully carved, dating to the 10th & 19th centuries dedicated to Lord Vishnu ( three temples ) and Shiva ( three temples ). Among all of these, the largest and the oldest one in north, is dedicated to Lord Lakshmi Narayana (Lord Vishnu- the principal temple with Goddess Lakshmi and fine example of Shikhara style of Architecture). The others, which line in North to South direction are dedicated to the dieties Lord Shiva, Radha Krishna, Chandragupta, Trimukeshwara Swamy and the last Lakshmi Damodara. All these are topped by protective wooden canopy roofs.
Diety in Lakshmi Narayana Temple Chamba Himachal Pradesh
This temple was always decorated by Kings whoever occupied the throne of Chamba. At the main gate of the temple there is a metallic image of Garuda ( the human-bird ) added by Raja BalabhadraVerma an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu installed in Nepali-styled architecture on a high pillar outside the temple complex entrance. Raja Chhatra Singh had added the gilded pinnacles on the temple tops. This Temple stands as best example for both an architectural marvel as well as a place of great historical significance. The image of Lord Vishnu present in Lakshmi Narayan temple is made up of rare marble imported from Vindhyachal Mountains. Hence, this temple situated in Himachal Pradesh stands as a very famous Religious place to worship in India.
Nandi the vehicle of Lord Shiva in Lakshmi Narayana Temple Chamba
As the Rulers of Chamba had great emphasis on promoting art, thus the schools of art got established between 10th-17th century. They were greatly influenced by Mughal miniature and mural art styles. The major attractions of Chamba are Pahari paintings. It is also famous for its handicrafts sold all around the world, made of hand-wooven textiles and wood with innumerable small scale emporiums with artisans producing such as textiles, handicrafts, and chappals.
Other Attractions of Chamba:
Champawathi Temple, Chaurashi Temple, Markula Devi Temple, Katasan Devi Temple, Narayana Temple, Katasan Devi Temple, Shakthi Temple, Bhuri Singh Museum, Maharaja's Palace, Rang Mahal, Kalatope Khajjiar Sanctuary, Chaugan, Pangi Valley, Parbati Valley, Lama Dal, Chamera Lake, Ghadhasaru Lake, Chamba Minjiar Mela, Gaddis, Chamba Rumal, Killar etc. are some of the places which must be visited when in and around Chamba, Himachal Pradesh.
Fairs & Festivals Celebrated in Chamba:
Chamba's annual 'Suhi Mata Festival', is the very famous in Chamba which lasts for 4 days ( early April ) is celebrated to commemorate Rani Champavathi, the wife of the Raja Sahil Verma ( 10th century ). This festival is attended by only women and children who dance on the Chowgan before processing towards Suhi Mata Temple with the banners of the Rajput Solar Emblem and an image of Rani Champavathi.
Another interesting festival celebrated here is the 'Manjar Fair' for about a week long ( early August), celebrated by singing and dancing during the cultivation of Maize.
Other festivals celebrated in August are Chrewal, Patroru or Badronjo the festival of fire and flowers which is also the time for purification of these fields.
The 'Manimahesh Yatra Festival' - the sacred tarn of Manimahesh is celebrated which falls after the festival of Janamashtmi. Chamba people also celebrates the Gugga Fair in the same month August - the Worship of 'Gugga' ( Nag Devatha ).
The Lakshmi Narayan Temple complex is opened while Morning( 6:00AM to 12:30PM ) and in Evening( 2:30PM to 8:30PM ).
Best Time to Visit Chamba:
This place is very ideal for summer vacations. Best time to visit is from March to October.
How To Reach Chamba:
By Road:There are plenty of buses available daily for Dalhousie along with jeeps also.
By Air:Gaggal in Kangra valley, is the nearest airport which is around 180 km from Chamba. The Indian Airlines operates its flights on the Delhi-Dharamsala sector.
By Train:Pathankot has the nearest railway station to Chamba town which is around 122-km to it and is linked with direct trains to Amritsar, Calcutta, Delhi and Bombay as it is well-connected with these places.