Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Hat Kalika Temple

Hat Kalika temple is situated amidst deodar forests, the Janhavi Naula (a covered spring) and temple complex. Twice a year in Chaitra and Ashuj on the eight day of the Navratras, a large fair is held at the Kalika temple.

Adi Guru Shankaracharya had established this temple as one of the 108 Shakti Peeths. The area gives a feeling of strength and spiritualism and thus is a favourite tourist spot. Among the Shakti Peeths, the most popular is this temple of Kalika. It is seen with a body beneath its right foot. Close ot the idol is the idol of Nandi, to its left is Ganesh and Bhairav. A Shri-Yantra established by Shankaracharaya is covered by a Sailgram, topped by a copper sheet. A ‘Trishul’ stands on top of itwhich is covered yb silver ‘Chatras’. About 50 years of age now, this temple at the time of its establishment was very small. A sage, Laxman Baba who was popularly known as Jangambaba, had renovated the temple
The temple is, however, more remarkable for the grove of noble deodars within which it stands. Close by. To the south-west are the remains of a few old temples and a masonry well bearing, an inscription apparently of some age.


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