Temples of Mandi: Bhimakali Temple

Bhimkali Mandir Mandi Himachal
Bhimkali Mandir Mandi Himachal

temples@thehushpost.com: The Bhimakali temple is among one of the most visible sites on way to Manali, located in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh. The attraction towards the temple is due to the deity Goddess Bhima Kali, an incarnation of Goddess Durga.  A strong belief that makes the place highly revered is that it is the only place to witness the war among lord Krishna and demon Banasura, which has much significance in Hindu mythology. As per popular local legend the head of Banasura was buried by Lord Krishna at the entrance of the temple.

A small temple was present there earlier, the present day premises is a recent one dating back to about a decade or two. The temple’s architecture is an amalgamation of a different form of Pahari architecture with wooden carvings. The life stories of the different forms of goddess Durga have been scripted here on wooden carvings along the walls of the temple. The famous rituals of the temple include a special worship called Kali puja.

The temple has two-three storeys of large spaces where marriage dhams, langars, small functions, jagratas, etc. are held. It also has a Sarai ( lodging room) for pilgrims. All kinds of modern day amenities are available. There is a park for children adjoining the open space of the temple.

Location- The temple is situated on NH-20, in Bihuli on the Kullu-Manali road in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh.




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