Sacred places of Shimla
Shimla is the capital of the state of Himachal Pradesh, which is located in northwestern India and is mainly located in the northwestern Himalayas. From Delhi to Shimla – about 10 hours by car, the same by bus. There is an airport in Shimla. Shimla is a popular holiday destination for Indians from all states of India. It is always cool here and snow falls in winter. Once the former summer capital of British India, Shimla is intriguing with its English buildings, Anglican churches, clean air and woodlands, consisting mainly of Himalayan cedar. Tourists from Delhi to Kinnaur, Sangla, Spiti – small Tibet come to Shimla. Many Hindus come here to make pilgrimages to sacred sites.
Temple of the Goddess Tara (Tara Devi Temple). Located on the road from Kalki to Shimla, 11 kilometers to the state capital. The temple is about 250 years old and it is very revered by pilgrims. People come here for health, as well as support for illnesses, illnesses, protection.
The goddess Tara arrived from West Bengal in the Himalayas and spent some time here. A few years later, a rage from the dynasty of the Seine visited this place. He took with him a small golden medallion, in which was placed the image of his main patron deity. This medallion was always on his shoulder, and the image of the deity was passed on from generation to generation. And somehow the raja, hunting in a dense forest, saw the goddess Tara and Hanuman together. They asked him to build a temple that was available to any Himalayan resident to request and seek blessings. It should be noted that Hanuman helped the goddess Tara in the fight against local demons.
Raja donated immediately a large plot of land, built a temple, which he dedicated to Tara. A wooden sculpture of the Goddess was installed at the top of the mountain. And she became known as Tarav Parvat. Then the raja placed in the temple a beautiful sculpture of Tara, which was made of 8 elements. When this sculpture was placed in the temple, the raja made a celebration. A huge procession accompanied Tara, who was on the back of an elephant named Shankar.
In the Buddhist tradition, the goddess acts as a Bodhisattva – a creature who has sworn to help everyone who calls for help. In Hinduism, the second of Dasha (ten) is Mahavidi (Dashamahavidya), the Tantric manifestation of Mahadevi, Kali or Parvati. “As the star looks beautiful, but always burns out, so Tara burns inside, feeling an insatiable thirst for life.” This goddess is sometimes depicted above inert Shiva.
Temple of Hanuman (Sankat Mochan). It was founded by the well-known and revered sage of India in the north of India – Karori Baba. His large photo is in the temple of Hanuman itself. The temple is also located on the road to Shimla.
In 1950, Baba Neeb Karori Ji Maharaj came to Shimla and found a great place for reflection and intrinsic self-examination. He stayed here for 10 days for meditations. After practicing, Karori Baba wished the temple dedicated to the god Hanuman to be built on this site. The state governor supported this idea. Construction was carried out for a long time. And finally, on June 21, 1966, the temple was consecrated and thus fulfilled the desire of Karori Baba. At that time – it was then a small temple, but now, because of the huge influx of pilgrims, the temple has grown rapidly. The temple is mainly dedicated to the god Hanuman, although here in separate rooms there are also images of Rama, Shiva and Ganesha and nine planets. There is a specially made temple for Karori Baba.
Baba could do anything with his body. At any time, at will, he could make his body invisible, change its shape and manifest it simultaneously in different places. Maharaj said that when the Guru transcends the physical body, his temples and ashrams become his physical form. Therefore, a lot of pilgrims come to the temple of Hanuman. This is the place of the presence of the great Master. Place of work with the physical body.
Temple of Hanuman (Jakhoo Temple). Very old temple place and revered by the Himalayans. A large statue of Hanuman was erected recently, and the old temple was restored.
Legend has it that Hanuman visited this place when he was looking for medicinal plants for Lakshman. Hanuman had to find a special herb that would save Lakshman the wounds. This herb is called Sanjeevani. But he could not determine where it grows, and no one told him so. So he became big, cut the mountain and brought it to Lakshman. People come here for power, make puja for support in all endeavors, as well as to find the cause of the disease. It is necessary to call the bell for good luck in everything.
Kali Temple (Kali Bari Temple). The temple is located right in Shimla, not so far from the Mall. To the temple you need to walk on the main street Shimla. Famous temple among pilgrims. Dedicated to the goddess Kali. There is always a lot of people. Especially in recent times, when cleansing takes place.
Buddhist monastery of the Jonang line (Yoga Kalachakra). Dorje Drag Monastery. Finding this monastery, and especially approaching it, is a rather difficult task.