Temples

Shikari Devi Temple & History

Shikari Devi

Shikari Devi temple is near to Karsog Valley in the Himalayas in Distt mandi Of  Himachal Pradesh with beautiful view of pine, deodar woods and apple orchards.The Shikari Devi Temple is positioned at a height of 2850 meters above sea level in the state of Himachal Pradesh. It is extremely difficult to trek up to the Shikari Devi Temple from Janjheli,Bagsaid,Kandha or Karsog vally.You can enjoy a beautiful trip with different routes to reach upto ancient shrine of the Shikari Devi Temple located at the peak of the hill. According to old saying/legends that the hunters or Shikari in the early years once worshipped the Goddess on the mountain asking for success in their hunt. So in old days Godess was known as Devi (Godess) of Shikari (Hunter) means Shikari Devi. This old temple and Godess is believed to be in existence from the time of the Pandavas. According to the myth, there will be no snowfall on the top of Temple and snow never stay there.

Shikari DeviThe temple finds reference in the holy book Markandya Puran and great epic Mahabharta. It is stated that Sage Markandya mediated at this place for a number of years . During meditation he desired to see the worldly form of Goddess Durga (Mahishasur mardani) who killed the demons like Mahishasur, Rakata Bija, Madhu Kaitaba etc. without any help. The desire of Sage Markandya was fullfilled by Goddess Durga here.

The Pandava brothers during their period of exile also mediated at this place and were blessed by Goddess Durga for their victory against their cousins Kauravas. During the epic battle of Mahabharta when no one could stop legend Bhishma Pitamah from the mass carnage in the battle ground,Arjuna was disgruntled. Goddess Durga appeared and pacified Arjuna and asked him to follow the instructions of Lord Krishna whom she referred to as Naraina (God) . She assured him to victory against the evil, a battle which she said is to be fought in every Yuga.

Every year during the Navaratra days fair is held here, which attracts a large number of devotees from all over the world.

The place is approachable by road and jeep ply from this Jinjheli village covering the distance of 16 kms. The route has beautiful sights on both side of the road. The devotees have to climb 500 stairs from the road side to reach the temple premises.Joginder Nagar Railway station is the closest railhead.

Shikari Devi History In Hindi:

हिमाचल के मंडी में 2850 मीटर की ऊंचाई पर बना शिकारी देवी मंदिर आज भी लोगों के लिए रहस्य बना हुआ है। आज तक कोई भी शख्स इस मंदिर की छत नहीं लगवा पाया।

कहा जाता है कि मार्कण्डेय ऋषि ने यहां सालों तक तपस्या की थी। उन्हीं की तपस्या से खुश होकर मां दुर्गा शक्ति रूप में स्‍थापित हुई। बाद में पांडवों ने अज्ञातवास के दौरान मंदिर का निर्माण किया।

पांडवों ने यहां तपस्या की थी। मां दुर्गा तपस्या से प्रसन्‍न हुईं और पांडवों को कौरवों के खिलाफ युद्घ में जीत का आर्शीवाद दिया। इस दौरान यहां मंदिर का निर्माण तो किया गया मगर पूरा मंदिर नहीं बन पाया।

मां की पत्‍थर की मूर्ति स्थापित करने के बाद पांडव यहां से चले गए। यहां हर साल बर्फ तो खूब गिरती है मगर मां के स्‍थान पर कभी भी बर्फ नहीं टिकती।

क्योंकि ये पूरा क्षेत्र वन्य जीवों से भरा पड़ा था, इसीलिए शिकारी अक्सर यहां आने लगे। शिकारी भी माता से शिकार में सफलता की प्रार्थना करते थे और उन्हें कामयाबी भी मिलने लगी। इसी के बाद इस मंदिर का नाम शिकारी देवी के नाम से पड़ गया।

मगर सबसे हैरत वाली बात ये थी कि मंदिर पर छत नहीं लग पाई। कहा जाता है कि कई बार मंदिर पर छत लगवाने काम शुरू किया गया। लेकिन हर बार कोशिश नाकाम रही। माता की शक्ति के आगे कभी भी छत नहीं लग पाई।

आज भी हर साल यहां लाखों श्रद्घालु पहुंचते हैं। मंदिर तक पहुंचने का रास्ता भी बेहद ही सुंदर है। चारों तरफ हरियाली ही हरियाली दिखती है।

How To Reach Shikari Devi:

Mandi – Chail Chowk – Janjehli – Shikari Devi = 80 Km [Mode of transport – Bike,
Car, HRTC buses]

Distance From Major Cities

Mandi-80KM
Kullu-155KM
Manali-200KM
Shimla-180KM
Dharmshala-240KM
Chandigarh-300KM

Best Time to Visit: You can visit Shikari Devi during peak summer season only. For
more than 6 months, Shikari Devi is covered by a thick layer of snow.