King sacrificed eight sons to obtain the rare marble for Lakshmi Narayan Temple

Located in Chamba of Himachal Pradesh, the huge and ancient temple of Laxmi Narayan is said to be constructed during 10th century. The king of this territory namely Sahil Verman had built this temple between 920 AD and 940 AD. It is the oldest temple of Chamba and was built in the Shikhara style of architecture. Actually this temple is a group of six temples which are dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and lord Brahma. Besides these, goddess Gauri and Radha are also worshipped here. Aesthetically, the Laxmi Narayan temple holds a special significance. The wooden umbrella roofs built atop the temple provide immunity against severe snowfall. The idols enshrined in the temple are made of rare marble. It is believed that the erstwhile king of the then Chamba, Sahil Verman had sacrificed his eight sons to get this marble.

Firstly, one would have a magnificent view of Lord Vishnu’s image just while entering the temple. The fabulous idol of Lord Vishnu is enshrined on the huge throne in the temple’s sanctuary (Garbhgriha). The images of Lord Ganesha and Budhha are enshrined by the sides of the throne. In this temple, the four armed idol of Lord Krishna and goddess Radha made of marble are established. The third shrine of the group belongs to Shiva temple of Chandragupta . The Shiva-linga is enshrined in the Garbhgriha of the shrine, over which silver metalled umbrella is hanged.
The four armed idol of bronze metal of Lod Shiva is enshrined in the Garvgriha of shrine. Infront of the idol is Shiva-Linga and in the back is the image of Nandi. Fifth shrine is dedicated to Ambkeshwar Mahadev or Trimukteshwar Mahadev. In the temple’s sanctuary, there is a three faced Shiva-Linga made of marble. The sixth temple in the group belongs to Lord Vishnu which is famous with the name of Laxmi-Damodar. The four armed idol of Lord Vishnu made of marble is enshrined here.

How to reach

Chamba town is very much connected through road to the other major cities including Delhi, Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Pathankot, Jalandhar and many more. The nearest broad gauge railway station from Chamba is 120 kms away at Pathankot. The nearest airport from this historical place is 135 kms away at Gaggal in Kangra.

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