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Chamba – The Home of Numerous Ancient Temples
Chamba is an ancient city located on the banks of River Ravi, in the district of the same name in the state of Himachal Pradesh. The city is named after Champavati, the daughter of Raja Sahil Varman, when the former requested her father to shift his capital from Bharmour to this city. Chamba is perhaps the only North Indian city to have well documented historical records dating as far back as 500 AD. Apart from its ancient temples and monuments, the city is also popularly known for the rich and vibrant culture. The people here are known to be ardent lovers of various art forms, especially music and painting. 

The Most Prominent Temples of Chamba
The Chamunda Devi Temple: Being one of the most respected temples in the region naturally makes the Chamunda Devi Temple a great Hindu religious and worship centre. The temple, which was constructed in 1762 by Raja Umed Singh, and was dedicated to Maa Chamunda Devi, an incarnation of  the Goddess Durga, whose main aim was to kill the evil demons like Chanda and Munda. The temple is known for the carvings on the ceilings which are in the shape of animals and flowers. In addition, the wooden construction of the temple and the gabled roof made of slate also attract numerous devotees, who are also able to have magnificent view of the Chamba valley and the Himalayan range from this holy place.

Sui Mata Temple: The Sui Mata Temple is situated on top of the Shah Madar Hill, at the junction of Chamunda Devi and Brajeshwari Devi Temples. This Hindu shrine which is frequented by numerous devotees is dedicated to highness Sui, the regional princess of Chamba, who gave up her life for the benefit of her people. The story of Sui Mata is depicted through numerous colorful paintings displayed inside the temple.

The Laxmi Narayan Temple: Constructed by Raja Sahil Verman during the tenth century, this temple is one of the prime respected places in the area. Dedicated to the Vaishnav sect, the temple features wooden chattries, which are constructed in accordance with the dynamic climatic conditions of the region. The temple also features a metallic image of Garuda, the vahana of Lord Vishnu, on the Dwajastamba pliiar situated near the entrance. In 1678, the roof of the temple was decorated with gold plated pinnacles by Raja Chhatra Singh, even though these were destroyed later By the Mughal Emperor, Aurangzeb.

Brajeshwari Devi Temple:  This temple is dedicated to the Goddess Durga; the Brajeshwari Devi temple is one of the most sacred Hindu worship centres in the region. The temple, which is designed in the Nepali architecture form of Shikara style, is known for its exclusively carved sculptures. The presiding deity of the temple is Goddess Vajeshvari, who is believed to be a representation of Goddess Durga. The temple also has the images of four-armed figure of Goddess Durga and Lord Vishnu on the outside.  The other attractions of the temple are the two pillars located near to the entrance, with excellent carvings of the various deities and gods from Hindu mythology.

Champavati Temple: This temple was built in memory of Champavati the daughter of Raja Sahil Varman. Shikhara style of architecture was used in its making. Goddess Mahishasuramardini is worshipped in this temple.

Famous Things to Buy In Chamba
Chamba offers a rich collection of traditional handicrafts and other artifacts made in the pure Himachali style for visitors to take back home. Some of the more famous things that can be purchased here are given below.

Miniature Paintings: This ancient art form is the most significant aspect of the culture of Chamba, and taking couple of these back home, makes most visitors feel like taking a bit of this beautiful and vibrant city back with them. 

Handicraft Items: Chamba is quite popular for its local handicraft items, which range from rustic musical instruments to utensils made from brass and copper or even the hand woven handkerchiefs and shawls.


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