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Mata Naina Devi Temple with Anandpur Sahib Ji + Bhakra Nangal Dam Complex Tour (Code HT-DD -0002)
Mata Naina Devi Temple with Anandpur Sahib Ji: Overview
Anandpur Sahib is one of the most important sacred places of the Sikhs and is closely linked with their religious traditions and history. It is located on the lower spurs of the Himalayas surrounded by picturesque natural scenery, with the river Satluj forming a shimmering and shiny blue border on the south west barely four miles away. So far as the historical significance of Anandpur Sahib is concerned, it is second only to Amritsar, the city of Golden Temple. Naina Devi Surrounded by Govind Sagar Lake and Bharka Dam, the Naina Devi temple at Bilaspur is about 15 kms from Ganguwal and about 18-km from Anandpur Sahib. Like most of the Indian Shaktipeethas in the country, the origin of this famous and one of the most revered shrines also dates back to the self-immolation of 'Sati.' Nanina Devi as the name suggests is believed to be the place where the eyes of Sati fell.
Distance from Bus Stand : 2.5Kms
Travel Time : 9 Mint
Entry Type : Free Entry
Exploration Time : 30 Mints
Opening Time : 06:00 AM
Closing Time : 10:00 PM
There is a Huge Peepal Tree that seems like sheltering visitors in Naina Devi Temple. Across the Peepal tree is an idol of Lord hanuman. Within the inner sanctum are sculpted figures of three deities in the centre are two Eyes (Netras) that represent Naina Devi to the left is Mata Kali Devi and to the right Lord Ganesha. The main shrine of Maa naina Devi is Bordered by Two Lion statues.
Naina Devi Temple Mythology
Hindu scriptures provides information about historical importance of Naina Devi Temple. Regarded as one of 51 Shakti Peeths Naina Devi Temple is the place where eyes from burned body of Goddess Sati Falls when her corpse was being carried by Lord Shiva,So Goddess is praised here in the form of eyes
Night Stay in Luxury - Kisan Haveli - Anandpur Sahib - 2 Nights
Takht Shri Keshgarh Sahib ji - Anandpur Sahib Gurudwara
Virasat E Khalsa Complex
Anandpur Site Seeing
Nangal Bhakra Dam Complex - World's Highest Gravity Dam Tour
Naina Devi Temple Darshan Via Roapway
Transfers by A/C Car - Pick-up and drop from Chandigarh Railway Station/Bus Station.
Reach Anandpur Sahib Ji and Visit Takht Shri Keshgarh Sahib Ji and Virasat E Khalsa and Surrounding Gurudwaras.
Night Stay in Anandpur Sahib Guest House - Kisan Haveli - 2 Nights
Next Day Proceed to Nangal Dam and Breakfast/Snacks at Chief Restaurant.
Site Seeing at Nangal Dam Area, Bhabhor Sahib Gurudwara Visit.
Lunch Break included at Cheif Restaurant Nangal ( Payment to be made directly at restaurant).
Proceed to Bhakhra Dam through the scenic road and Stop at the Bhakhra Dam Side, Visit the Memorial of the Bhakra Dam and admire the hard work done by thousands of workers to build World's Highest Gravity Dam
Site Seeing at Bhakhra Dam ( Maximum 2 Hours).
Proceed to Mata Naina Devi temple by Road and parking at the foothill
Board the Cable car to the Top of the Hill, where mata temple is located.
Have a darshan of Goddess Naina Devi Temple
Board Cable car back to the Parking.
Snacks at the Restaurant
Proceed for the Return Journey
Night Stay in Anandpur Sahib - Kisan Haveli
Tour Ends, next Day Check out
May-01 To Aug-30
Sep-05 To Feb-28
Oct-10 To Jan-05
2N-3D 3 Star Hotel
Ch-Kisan Haveli, Rupnagar
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Mata Naina Devi Temple with Anandpur Sahib Ji + Bhakra Nangal Dam Complex Tour (Code HT-DD -0002) - Inclusions
- Night Stay in Luxury - Kisan Haveli - Anandpur Sahib - 2 Nights
- Takht Shri Keshgarh Sahib ji - Anandpur Sahib Gurudwara Site Seeing
- Virasat E Khalsa Complex Tour
- Nangal Bhakra Dam Complex - World's Highest Gravity Dam Tour
- Naina Devi Temple Darshan Via Roapway ( Inlcluded)
- Breakfast and Dinner
- Transport by AC Innova or Similar SUV
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Day 1: Anandpur Sahib Ji Site Seeing & Gurudwara Darshan
Reach Chandigarh by Train or by Air (Nearest airport-New Delhi, Chandigarh and Amritsar).Our Cab will Pick you From Chandigarh Railway Station/Bus station, and start our journey for Anandpur Sahib Complex. Check in to the Hotel and Proceed for the Anandpur Sahib Gurdwara Darshans and attractions.
The state of the art museum of the Sikh History and Culture ( incl state sponsored Audio guided tours). Keep aside at least 2 hours for Virasat E Khalsa Tour. Virasat-e-Khalsa is a museum of the Sikhs located in the holy town, Anandpur Sahib, near Chandigarh, the capital of the state of Punjab. The museum celebrates 500 years of the Sikh history and the 300th anniversary of the birth of Khalsa, based on the scriptures written by the tenth and last guru, Sri Guru Gobind Singh ji.
Museums In Virasat E Khalsa
- Panj Pani
- 15th Century Punjab
- Sikhism: a way of life
- Guru Nanak: Early years
- Guru Nanak at Kartarpur
- Guru Angad
- Guru Ramdas
- Guru Arjan Dev
- Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev
- Miri Piri
- New Directions in Sikhism
- Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur & The Guruship of Guru Gobind Singh ji
- Formation of the Khalsa
- The Eternal Guru
Gurudwara Sisganj Sahib - Anandpur Sahib
Gurudwara Sisganj Sahib IS the holy place where the hallowed head of the 9th Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib was cremated with full rituals on 17th November 1675. Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib embraced martyrdom in Delhi on Nov. 11, 1675. His head was brought to Chakk Nanaki by Bhai Jaita and his associates and cremated here. It is believed that the oldest memorial shrine of Chakk-Nanaki in the form of a platform within a small room was got constructed over the ashes by Guru Gobind Singh himself.
Gurudwara Guru-De-Mahal - Anandpur Sahib
Gurudwara Guru-De-Mahal is the residence of Sri Guru Teg Bahadur inherited by Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji. The Sahibzadas- the holy sons of the 10th Guru were born here.
Gurudwara Manji Sahib - Anandpur Sahib
Gurudwara Manji Sahib, situated on the northern side of Kesgarh Sahib in Anandpur Sahib, is dedicated to Guru Gobind Singh's sons who used this place for learning and practicing martial skills. It is also known by the name of Gurudwara DumalGarh Sahib. The double-storey domed building of the shrine of Gurudwara Manji Sahib stands in the middle of a 20-metre square marble-paved compound with 3-metre-square sanctum lying in the middle of a square hall on the ground floor.
Gurudwara Bhora Sahib - Anandpur Sahib
Gurudwara Bhora Sahib, a three-storeyed domed building situated near to Damdama Sahib in Anandpur Sahib, was a part of Guru Ka Mahal where Guru Teg Bahadur used to meditate in a basement (bhora). The site of the original bhora, a squared platform, is marked in the middle of the present basement. The Guru Granth Sahib is placed on a platform on the ground floor.
Gurudwara Akal Bunga Sahib - Anandpur Sahib
Gurdwara Akal Bunga Sahib, opposite to Gurdwara Sis Ganj, is a small shrine housed in an old building from where Guru Sahib (10th guru) addressed the Sikhs after the cremation of the head of Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib. The pedestal marks the spot sitting where Guru Govind Singh delivered a sermon to his followers.
Gurudwara Shaheedi Bagh - Anandpur Sahib
Gurdwara Shaheedi Bagh, the only Gurdwara in Anandpur Sahib which is not under the control of the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC), is situated on the road between Kesar Sahib and Anandgarh fort. The Gurudwara Shaheedi Bagh has a garden where several Sikhs lost their lives in 1705, when the Bilaspur army laid siege to Anandpur Sahib. In the honour of those martyrs, it was named Gurdwara Shahidi (martyrdom).
Keshgarh Fort - Anandpur Sahib
Kesar Sahib or Keshgarh fort was built around in 1699 on a small hill. This is called the birth place of Khalsa; Guru Gobind Singh selected the ‘Panj Pyares’(beloved ones) here by instituting the Khalsa panth on Baisakhi, 30 Mar 1699. Keshgarh fort was too strong to be penetrated by the attack of armies between 1700 and 1705 at Anandpur Sahib. Guru Govind Singh deserted it in 1705. Today there are no remains of this fort.
Anandgarh Fort - Anandpur Sahib
Anandgarh Fort, situated about 800 meters southeast of Takht Kesgarh Sahib,is the strongest fort of Anandpur Sahib which was founded in 1686 by Guru Govind Singh to protect the Anandpur Sahib from outsiders. Anandgarh fort was the central place of Anandpur Sahib. This is the first fort of Anandpur Sahib. The Khalsa Army once resided at Anandgarh Fort with their arms and ammunitions. In 1705 the army of Ajmer Chand almost destroyed the fort. The present fort is a modern structure and has little in common with the old fort. A Gurdwara was later added to the site by Sant Seva Singh in 1970 whose successors are now managing and developing it.
Daily light & sound show is held at Anandgarh Fort from 8:00 pm to 8:45 pm depicting scenes from the lives and times of the Sikh Gurus & also highlighting the history of the place. While the show is ordinarily in Punjabi, the English version is also available on request.
Fatehgarh Fort - Anandpur Sahib
Fatehgarh Fort is situated on the northern outskirts of the Anandpur Sahib over the highways which connected Sri Anandpur Sahib to Sirhind and Lahore in the north and to Delhi in the south. Fatehgarh Fort is a prime witness of long struggle with the mughals and a great protector of 'Anandpur'. The present double-storey domed building of Gurudwara Fatehgarh Sahib had been constructed during the late 1980's. There is an old well in front of Gurdwara which once served the needs of Fatehgarh Fort.
Holgarh Fort - Anandpur Sahib
Holgarh Sahib Fort was the third major fort built by Guru Gobind Singh, situated at one and a half km north-west of the town of Anandpur Sahib. Here Guru Gobind Singh introduced the celebration of hola on the day following the Hindu festival- Holi in 1701. Unlike Holi, Guru made hola an occasion for Sikhs to demonstrate skills-al-arms in simulated battle, thereafter Hola or Hola Mahalla, became an annual festival of warlike sports in Anandpur as long as the Guru stayed there. It is now the biggest festival of Anandpur where sports like fencing, coil-throwing and tent-pegging are held. At present, there is a three-storied octagonal, domed Gurudwara building, constructed in 1970 at the site of Holgarh Fort under the supervision of Sant Seva Singh.
Tharagarh Sahib Fort - Anandpur Sahib
Thara Sahib Fort of Anandpur Sahib was built to prevent any attack from the side of the hill State of Bilaspur. It is a 500 metre high and 5-metre square marble-paved platform stands in the open space in front of Damdama Sahib where Guru Tegh Bahadur received the group of Kashmiri Pandits in 1675.
Guru ka Lahore
Guru ka Lahore is located on Anandpur Sahib-Ganguwal route leading to the state of Himachal Pradesh, about 11 km from Anandpur Sahib; this place is known for the wedding of 10th Guru with Mata Jito Ji which was organized on 25 January, 1686. Two trickling springs, said to be dug out by the 10th Guru, still exist today at Guru ka Lahore.
Night Stay in Kisan Haveli with Dinner.
Day 2: Bhakhra Nangal Dam Complex Tour & Mata Naina Devi Darshan
After Breakfast, Drive to Nangal Dam about 15 kms from Anandpur Sahib ji, view scenic reservoirs of Nangal dam at one side & Gushing water fall of Dam water into Nangal Hydal Channel. Many Film shootings has happened here. Brief stay at Chief restaurant which is located just on the Nangal dam, this is a unique place to chill out with a beer in summer enjoying the misty waters of Nangal Dam.
Proceed to Bhakhra Dam Complex Site Seeing
After Snacks at Chief Restaurant, Drive to Bhakra Dam about 13 km upstream from nangal dam, on the way enjoy scenic route, Mightly Bhakra dam is visible from a great distance.Bhakra Dam is a majestic monument across river Sutlej. Its construction was taken up first after independence, for the uplift and welfare of the people of Northern Region.
Visit the Bhakra meuseum on the side of the Bridge & have indepth knowledge of the ardous task of making such a great monument. Spend One Hour on the Dam.
4:00 PM - Proceed to Mata Naina Devi Temple By Roap Way Tour
Approx One Hour Drive to Sacred Shrine of Mata Naina Devi ji from Bhakra dam. Enjoy the scenic route with Gobind Sagar Reservior on your left side & occasional wild life glimpses. Mata Naina Devi Temple is situated on a Triangulat Hilltop. It is one of the 51 'Shakti Pithas'.The temple was built by Raja Bir Chand in the eight century. It is about 1219 Mt. height from sea level.According to a belief, Shiva's consort Sati once burnt alive in 'yagna' to avenge an insult. The distraught Shiva picked her corpse and gyrated his horrific dance.
Then Vishnu, the preserver unleashed his discus and cut the body in to 51 pieces to save the earth from Shiva’s wrath.Naina Devi is where Sati's eye are where believed to fell situated on the hill top of that name. The temple is connected with a massive roap-way till the footsteps of the mata temple.
Ride the roap way to have Mata Darshan.& Spend the rest of the time at your leisure shopping for soveniers & gifts, Prasad etc.
Lunch at a Pure veg Dhaba at Naina Devi.
Note: - Photography is strictly prohibited at Bhakra & Nangal dams due to security concerns.
07:00 PM - Return to Anandpur Sahib & Reach Anandpur Sahib by 10:00 PM. Night Stay or your leisure with visit to End of Tour
Day 3: Check Out & End of Tour
After Breakfast, Spend time at your leisure and at 11:00 AM Start the Journey back to your destinaton.
The Origin of Vaishno Devi is as mysterious as it is about several other Shrines from the past era. That is why it still remains difficult to find out exact date from when the Holy Shrine pilgrimage might begin. In fact a geological investigation and research of the Holy Cave has calculated that approximately one million years is the time frame since when pilgrimage continues. Vedic History of Vaishno Devi explains that there was no presence of female worshippers in the past while Rigveda found their presence in the mountain Trikuta. It especially focuses upon Shakti worship practice that continues since Puranic era.
Jwalamukhi Temple History
Jwalamukhi Temple recognized as one of the 51 Shaktipeeths of India, Jwalamukhi's Devi Temple, tended by the followers of Goraknath, is set against a cliff. The picturesque temple, built against a wooded spur, in the Indo-Sikh style, has a dome that was gilded by Mughal Emperor Akbar. An eternally burning flame that issues from a hollow rock in the sanctum is considered the manifestation of the goddess Devi.
In Hinduism, Shakti also spelled as Sakthi, meaning "power" or "empowerment" is the primordial cosmic energy and represents the dynamic forces that are thought to move through the entire universe. Shakti is the concept or personification of divine feminine creative power, sometimes referred to as 'The Great Divine Mother' in Hinduism. As the mother she is known as Adi Parashakti or Adishakti. On the earthly plane, Shakti most actively manifests through female embodiment and creativity/fertility, though it is also present in males in its potential, unmanifest form.Hindus believe that Shakti is both responsible for creation and the agent of all change. Shakti is cosmic existence as well as liberation, its most significant form being the Kundalini Shakti, a mysterious psychospiritual force.
Vaishno devi temple address
Katra Road, Reasi District, Katra, Jammu and Kashmir 182301
Nau Devi darshan tour package is specially designed to match to the requirements of all the travelers. During this tour, you get to seek blessings at Mata Mansa Devi Temple, Chintpurni, Naina Devi Temple, Chamunda Devi Temple, Mata Jwala ji Temple, Brijeshwari Temple, Sheetla Devi Temple and Vaishno Devi Temple.
Highest dam in india
The Bhakra-Nangal multipurpose dams were among the earliest river valley development schemes undertaken by India after independence though the project had been conceived long before India became a free nation. The agreement for this project had been signed by the then Punjab Revenue Minister, Sir Chhotu Ram on January 8, 1945 with Raja of Bilaspur. Preliminary works commenced in 1946. Construction of the dam started in 1948, Jawaharlal Nehru poured the first bucket of concrete into the foundations of Bhakra on 18 November 1955  and the dam was completed by the end of 1963. Successive stages were completed by the early 1970s. Initially, the construction of the dam was started by Sir Louis Dane, the Lieutenant Governor of Punjab. But the project got delayed and was restarted soon after independence under the chief architect Rai Bahadur Kunwar Sen Gupta. In October 1963 at the ceremony to mark the dedication of the Bhakra–Nangal project to the nation, Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru said, "This dam has been built with the unrelenting toil of man for the benefit of mankind and therefore is worthy of worship. May you call it a Temple or a Gurdwara or a Mosque, it inspires our admiration and reverence". On 22 October 2013, the Government of India approved the release of a commemorative stamp to mark the 50th anniversary of the Bhakra Dam.
Dev? is the Sanskrit word for "goddess"; the masculine form is Deva. Devi – the feminine form, and Deva – the masculine form, mean "heavenly, divine, anything of excellence", and are also gender specific terms for a deity in Hinduism. ... The goddess is viewed as central in Shakti and Saiva Hindu traditions.
Shakti peeth in india
Kamakhya Temple in Guwahati, Assam -“Where the Deity Completes her Fertility Cycle”
Kamakhya-Temple: The presiding deity of Assam, Kamakhya resides on the mountain of Nilachal in Guwahati. One of the most famous Shakti Peetha Temples in India, the seat of Maha Shakti (supreme energy) this temple is associated with several mysticism and attract thousands of domestic as well as international devotees during the festival of Ambubachi Mela. According to Devi Purana, Sati’s Mahamudra( female reproductive organ) fell in a cave which is worshipped here in the form of a stone. It is believed that from mid June the deity Kamakhya starts menstruating which continues for three long days; during this period no homage is offered to the deity. The temple complex comprises several other temples dedicated to Shiva and different incarnations of Durga.
Remarks: Take a dip in Saubhagya Kunda for a bright future. Collect Kamsindur for the wellbeing of the household, business or married life. Devotees visiting this temple get rid of ailments and the deity protects them from all evil spirit.
Tripura Sundari Temple in Udaipur, Tripura-“The earthly abode of Tripura’s Protector”
Tripura-Sundari-Temple: Popularly known as Matabari (the abode of Mother), Tripureshwari is a temple located on the outskirts of the south-western town of Udaipur in the state of Tripura. Around 51 km from Agartala city, the temple is located in a serene environment where the clamor of so called city life gives way to the chanting of hymns by the priests, sound of bells and the noise of shopkeepers inviting the devotees to buy puja samagri. The right foot of Sati fell on this spot and the deity is worshipped here in the form of a sixteen year old girl called ‘Soroshi’. The sanctum is built in square shape which resembles a normal Bengali hut. Animal sacrifice is an inseparable part of the daily puja. There is a huge pond behind the temple where various species of fish can be seen.
Remarks: People often visit this temple to fulfill their wish and it is believed that once a wish reaches the Goddess, it gets surely fulfilled.
Tarapith Temple in Birbhum, West Bengal-“Hub of Tantrik practices”
tarapith-complex: A mystical shrine on the Birbhum District of West Bengal, Tarapith is an ancient temple dedicated to one of the 12 incarnations of Goddess Kali called Tara. It is said that the eye ball (tara) of Sati dropped here. A hub of tantric activities, offerings, and all supernatural deeds, a smasana (crematorium) is located next to this temple. The quaint background, myths associated with it and beliefs transform the temple into one of the must see religious tourism places in India. The face of the deity is made of silver and unlike other forms of Kali she has got two hands. She is wearing a garland of snake and Shiva is found sucking her breast in the form a kid. Offering of blood is a must to conduct the daily puja and that is why every morning goats are sacrificed on the altar of the temple.
Remarks: It is believed that people visiting Tarapith temple never go back with empty hands. The deity is worshipped here in her motherly form.
Nalateshwari Temple in Birbhum, West Bengal -“Rendezvous with Unparalleled Serenity”
Nalateshwari-Temple: A calm and composed temple town sanctified by the water of River Brahmani, Nalateshwari is a temple dedicated to one of the incarnations of Goddess Kali. Here the vocal chord with part of the tracheae had fallen. The temple is located on a small hillock. The temple wall contains beautiful panels of terracotta. The belief goes like this: if one ties red or yellow threads on the trunk of a holy tree present there, one’s wish gets fulfilled.
Remarks: No matter how much water is poured down the throat it neither gets overflowed nor dries up.
Kalighat Temple in Kolkata, West Bengal -“Seat of the unique Idol of Goddess Kali”
kalighat-temple1: Located on the banks of a small canal Adi Ganga, Kalighat is one of the major attractions of Kolkata city. It is said that the toes of the right foot of Sati is worshipped here. The temple is associated with the Nath/Siddha tradition which speaks about different forms of yoga. Here the idol of goddess Kali is unique from other temples. Instead of a huge idol of the deity her image is made of black stone with three huge eyes, a long protruding golden tongue and four golden hands. On the day of Snanaytara while giving her a holy bath, the priests cover their eyes with cloth. Religious people visiting Kolkata do not miss out visiting this temple.
Remarks: Tuesday, Saturday and Ashtami are the special days for worshipping.
Vishalaskshi Devi Temple in Varanasi -“Home of a wide eyed deity”
Vishalaskshi-Devi-Temple: A temple built on the holy land of Varanasi, the abode of deity Vishalakshi is one of the best destinations for pilgrimage holidays in India. Found on the banks of Ganges at Uttar Pradesh this is a divine land where the earrings or eyes of Devi Sati fell. Here the deity Vishalakshi is described as the shakti of Lord Vishwanath (manifestation of Shiva) and the temple is strategically built in Meer Ghat behind the Vishwanath temple of Varanasi. Apart from the Shaktipeeth, Varanasi is also known for its popular bathing ghats and various temples which are associated closely to ancient Hindu beliefs. Manikarnika Ghat is one of the holiest Hindu cremation grounds and it is believed that people taking their last breathe in Varanasi or cremated on this Ghat get liberated from the cycle of rebirth and merge with the supreme entity of Shiva. Ganga arati at Banaras Ghat is a must behold site in Varanasi.
Remark: Unamarried girls worshipping deity Vishalakshi get their deserved partner. Childless couples are blessed with a child or people visiting the temple without any special wish are bestowed with good fortune.
Madhaveshwari Devi Temple in Allahabad-“Residence of Nirakara Divine Being”
A shrine on the heart of Tirtharaj Prayag(king of all pilgrimages), Madhaveshwari Devi Temple is dedicated to Goddess Lalita or Alopi Mata. Prayag is considered as one of the Sapta Mokshapuras (seven destinations of liberation) and a visit to this temple of Shakti is believed to be of great value. Legends say that hand fingers of Sati fell here. Instead of an idol, a swing is worshipped here as the deity. Swami Brahmananda who was popularly known as Rakhal, the first president of Ramakrishna math, witnessed the goddess here as a small child with three Jatas hence she is also called Trijata.
Remark: Arati is held in the evening which is a must see sight.
Mangala Gauri Temple in Gaya, Bihar-“Home to a motherly incarnation of Shakti”
Mangala-Gauri-Temple: A spiritually ignited place thronged by the devotees all through the year, Gaya in the state of Bihar is the residence of this deity. Sati’s breast fell here and hence the temple does not contain any idol, instead, in the brass lamp lighting one can see a rock shaped breast like appearance. Tantrik preachers sacrifice different animals as offerings to the deity. The temple complex encloses the shrines of Shiva, Ganesha, Kali and some other forms of deities.
Remark: Do not forget to walk around the outer circle of the Lord Shiva temple.
Maha Kali Devi Temple in Ujjain -“Displaying a Fierce Form of Mother Goddess”
Garh-Kalika: One of the most furious manifestations of Aadi Shakti, Maha Kali is worshipped in this temple. Popularly known as Hara Sidhi Mata temple, this pristine abode is located on a small hillock by the holy river Kshipra in the historical district of Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh. A city associated with a number of Hindu myths, Ujjain was the royal seat of Vikramaditya and Devi Mahakali was the presiding deity of his kingdom. The upper lip of Sati fell here and the deity is worshipped in her fierce form. The deity is also known to the local devotees as Garh Kalika; Mahalaxmi and Saraswati are also worshipped along with her.
Remarks: Chaitra Navratri and Ashwin Navratri are the two most important festivals that are held in this temple. During daily offerings, Madira(alcohol) is presented to the deity.
Jwala Devi Temple in Kangra Valley, Himachal Pradesh -“Temple of Nine Undying Flames”
Jwala-Devi-Temple: Centre of eternal beliefs, admiration, and sanctity, Jwala Devi temple is the abode of goddess Siddhida (Ambika). Located at a distance of 34 km south of Kangra Valley in Himachal Pradesh, this is one among the most visited temples in India where nine forms of the supreme deity are worshipped. Instead of idols, flames are worshipped as the manifestation of the deity. All these flames are seen to be erupting from the sides of a rock and they keep on burning constantly without any fuel. It is said that the tongue of Sati fell on this part. A divine earthly home of Shakti set amidst refreshing greenery, this temple displays a scenic view that rejuvenates your inner soul. The Seaja Bhawan of Jwala Devi depicts wonderful work of art especially the interiors.
Remark: Offering coconut in the Jwala devi temple is believed to be very fruitful.
Chintpurni Devi Temple in Una, Himachal Pradesh -“Temple of a headless deity”
chintpurnitemple: Located at a distance of 29 km from Jwala ji, Chintpurni Devi Temple is situated on Dharamshala-Hoshiarpur road on a ridge. The shrine is known to be one of the most visited temples of Goddess Shakti in North India because the forehead of Sati fell here. The main attraction of the temple is the idol of the central deity who is described in Puranas as a severed headed entity. The temple is located in Una district of Himachal Pradesh and bordered by the Western Himalaya in the north and the smaller Shiwalik range to the east.
Remark: To see the true colours of the grandeur of Chintapurni Temple, try visiting this shrine in the special festival organized during the 10 days of “Shukalpaksh” in August.
Girija Devi Temple in Jajpur, Odisha -“Shrine of Dwibhuja Mahishmardini”
Girija Devi or Biraja Devi temple is located in Jajpur, O
How To Reach Anandpur
By Air: The nearest airport is in Chandigarh and the distance from there is near about 100 km.
By Rail: The nearest railway station is in Anandpur Sahib and the distance from there is near about 30 km.
National Highway :This famous temple is connected with National Highway No. 21.
By Road: Temple is about 350 km from Delhi and 100 km from Chandigarh. Frequent State Transport bus services are available from all important cities of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh.
By Car: You can hire taxies from Anandpur Sahib and from Chandigarh to reach the temple. Temple is well constructed and come under Shrine Board. Distance from Kiratpur Sahib to shrine is 30 Kms of which 18 Kms is drive in the Hills. From Anandpur Sahib the distance is 20 Kms of which 8 Kms is drive in the hills.
Once you reach the bus stand of Naina Devi you will take Palkis to reach the destination. Most of the people will prefer pedestrians. In the past people used to trek from Kaulan Wala Toba near Anandpur Sahib to the shrine.
Reasons To Visit
Anandpur Sahib is a Sikh Pilgrimage centre 85 kms north of Chandigarh.
Anandpur Sahib witnessed the birth of the Khalsa 300 years ago and one of the Five Takhts of Sikhism and therefore most significant Sikh Pilgrimage centre.
Ropar Wetlands which are about 50 km from here serves as an important staging ground for a number of migratory birds.
Nainadevi Temple nearby is also a very important Temple for North Indian Hindus.
Nearest Airport -Chandigarh (80 kms), Ludhiana (113 kms), Shimla (150 kms)
Nearest Railway Station - Anandpur Sahib
Anandpur Sahib is an Ex-Chandigarh / Ex-Jalandhar / Ex-Ludhiana / Ex-Amritsar / Ex-Dehradun / Ex-New Delhi / Ex-Gurgaon Getaway
Anandpur Sahib is connected by Day train with New Delhi, Chandigarh
Anandpur Sahib is connected by Overnight train with New Delhi, Kolkata
Stay in Anandpur Sahib - Kisan Haveli - 2 Nights
A Heritage Govt Circuit House with Excellent food, beautiful landscape, Mountain View and Gardens. A Great Place for Family with Kids. The Best place to stay While visiting Shri Anandpur Sahib Ji - the famous Khalsa Birth Place, Viraste-Khalsa Heritage, Mata Naina Devi Shrine and world famous Bhakra Nangal Dam, Kisan Haveli was built on the Tricentenary celebrations of Khalsa. Accomodations include Super Deluxe/ Deluxe rooms are also available for traditional, economical & comfortable stay. It is just 80 KM’s away from Chandigarh.
About Anandpur Sahib Ji
Anandpur Sahib ji has a huge religious significance just second only to Golden Temple Amritsar. It is a Takht and Birthplace of the Khalsa. Anandpur Sahib has famous Gurudwara Takht Shri Keshgarh Sahib Ji, There are at least 33 gurudwaras in and around the Anandpur Sahib.
About Mata Naina Devi temple ( Shaktipeeth)
Temple of Shri Naina Devi Ji is a notable place of worship in Himachal and Punjab, It is the situated on the hill top which rises some 915 mt. above the sacred town of Anandpur Sahib in Ropar, The temple stands on the very summit of the hill above a small bazar and is reached by a long flight of stone steps or by a cable car. There is a recent road built from the Anandpur Sahib side also. So there are now a days 2 ways to reach the Naina devi Ji Temple
About Bhakhra Nangal Dam Complex
Bhakra Dam is the highest Concrete Gravity dam in Asia and Second Highest in the world. Reach Bhakra dam by 11:45 & enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the reservior & the hights. The construction of this project was started in the year 1948 and was completed in 1963 . It is 740 ft. high above the deepest foundation as straight concrete dam being more than three times the height of Qutab Minar.
Importance of Sri Anandpur Sahib
Gurudwara Guru-Ka-Mahal (Bhora Sahib) : Residence of Sri Guru Teg Bahadur inherited by Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji; the sahibzadas- the holy sons of the 10th Guru were born here. There is an underground room cut off from the din of life where the 9th Guru used to meditate.
Gurudwara Thara Sahib : The 9th Guru used to deliver sermons from this raised platform. There is place to mark the spot where the Kashmiri Brahmins came to seek protection.
Gurudwara Sis-Ganj Sahib : In November, 1675, the martyred head of the 9th Guru which was heroically brought by Bhai Jaita ( Bhai Jiwan Singh after taking holy nectar according to Sikh rites (baptism) in exultant defiance of the Mughal authorities was cremated here, ceremoniously.
Akal Bunga : After cremation of the holy head of his father, followed by a prayer to the Almighty, the 10th Guru had rested here with his relations and followers.
Gurudwara Damdama Sahib : The 10th Guru was given the Guru Gaddi, here. It was from here that he had declared the end of the institution of the Masands-the priestly agents of the former Gurus.
Gurudwara Manji Sahib : The Sahibzadas received their education and military training at this spot. Military exercises were also rehearsed here.
Gurudwara Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib : In 1699, on the occasion of the festival of Baisakhi, Guru Nanak's mission was fulfilled by the 10th Guru, Sahib Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji, when, through baptism of the double-edged-sword the Sikh was consummated as the Khalsa-Saint Soldier- in direct commune with the Guru and God. Still more astonishing is the fact that the Guru had got himself baptised by the Panj-Pyaras, the five beloved ones, who had offered him their heads to uphold Dharma - the righteous cause.
Sacred Gurudwaras near Sri Anandpur Sahib
Guru-Ka-Lahore : It is 11 kms on Sri Anandpur Sahib-Ganguwal route leading to the State of Himachal Pradesh. On 25th January, 1686, the 10th Guru's wedding to Mata Jito Ji was celebrated here. Two almost pinhead springs still functional, were pierced by the 10th Guru by lancing the rocky mountains.
Gurudwara Mata Jito Ji : Not far from Holgarh Fort. Mata Jito Ji was cremated here.
Bhai Ghanaiya Ji : His Baoli / Spring across the now almost dried up rivulet Charan Ganga and below the Taragarh hill, Bhai Ghanaiya Ji had anticipated the RED CROSS almost two centuries before its formation in the modern times. He used to render first aid to friends and foes, alike-something unknown in the world, then.
Sri Anandpur Sahib is the bastion from where the stoutest defence was put up to maintain liberty from the bigoted slavery of the Mughals and their tributory chiefs of the surrounding hills.
Anandpur Sahib Museum
Virasat-e-Khalsa is a museum of the Sikhs located in the holy town, Anandpur Sahib, near Chandigarh, the capital of the state of Punjab. The museum celebrates 500 years of the Sikh history and the 300th anniversary of the birth of Khalsa, based on the scriptures written by the tenth and last guru, Sri Guru Gobind Singh ji
Guru Ka Langar The tradition of serving langar Initiated by Guru Nanak Dev Ji and then established by the 3rd Guru Sri Guru Amar Dass Ji at Goindwal. Even the Mughal King Akbar came and sat among the ordinary people to share langar. The institution of Guru ka Langar has served the community in many ways. It has ensured the participation of women and children in a task of service for mankind. Women play an important role in the preparation of meals, and the children help in serving food to the pangat. Langar also teaches the etiquette of sitting and eating in a community situation, which has played a great part in upholding the virtue of sameness of all human beings; providing a welcome, secure and protected sanctuary. Everyone is welcome to share the Langar; no one is turned away. Each week a family or several families volunteer to provide and prepare the Langar. This is very generous, as there may be several hundred people to feed, and caterers are not allowed. All the preparation, the cooking and the washing-up is done by volunteers and or by voluntary helpers (Sewadars).