Pilgrimage Tour

Mata Kangra Devi Temple

Vajreshwari Devi Temple is located at Kangra town of Kangra District, Himachal Pradesh. The temple is also known as Kangra Devi Temple. The Vajreshwari temple is one of the 51 Shaktipeeths in India. The temple is dedicated to the Goddess Sati. It is also known as Shree Nagarkot Devi temple. It is believed that original mandir was built by Pandavas. Brajeshwari Devi temple over the decades has been looted relentlessly. Mohammed Ghazni was the first looted it in 1009.

Mythology & History of Kangra Devi Temple

It is believed that Goddess Sati Burned herself here in Yagnakunda. Which distress the Lord Shiva. Then Lord Shiva picked the Body of the Goddess Sati on his shoulder and started his Tandav. Then Lord Vishnu cuts the Body of the Goddess Sati into 51 parts by his Sudarshan Chakra. The left breast of Sati fell at this spot, thus making it a Shakti Peetha.

It is believed that the temple is built by the pandavas in Mahabharat Era. Goddess Durga in their dream in which she told them that she is situated in the Nagarkot. Then pandavas built a temple of her. The temple also looted multiple times by foreign invaders. Md Gaznavi looted this temple at least 5 times. Later a local regained the temple and reconstruct the temple. The temple was filled with gold, silver and diamonds. In 1360, Firoz Shah Tughlaq again ransacked it. Later Mughal emperor Akbar visited the temple and help in the reconstruction of the temple.

In 1905, the temple is completely destroyed by earthquake and was subsequently rebuilt by the government.

Architecture of Kangra Devi Temple

The temperature is situated in the town of the Kangra. The temple is surrounded by the fort like wall. The temple has three main Tombs instead of Shikhars. The temple is coated with white paint. The surface of the temple is covered with white stone. There are four statues of the lions in the front of the Devi kangra. The kangra Maa is in form of Pindi. The walls of the temple are beautifully carved. There is a huge tree of Bargad. Devotees tie a Chunni on it to fulfil their desires. There are several other small temples in temple complex.

Kangra Devi Temple Main Attraction

This temple is one of the 51 Shaktipeeths in India. when the goddess was injured during a fight with demons, her wounds were treated with butter on Makar Sankranti by gods. Whenever the butter removed from the idol it is distributed among the devotees. It is one of the busiest temples in North India.

The idol is here in form of Pindi. The temple has three tombs instead of the Shikhars. There is an idol of the Dhyanu Bhagat who offered his head to the goddess. During the Makarsakranti the temple organised a huge Mela in the mandir. On the Day of the Makarsakranti, goddess Durga defeat the demon Mahisasur.

Opening and Closing Timing of Kangra Devi Temple

The temple opened for visitors every morning at 5.00 a.m. and close 9.00 p.m. in summer. The winter timing is 6.30 a.m to 8.00 p.m.

Pooja Timing at Mata Kangra Devi Temple

  • Morning Aarti (Summer) – 5.30 a.m.
  • Evening Aarti (Summer) – 8.30 p.m.
  • Morning Aarti (Winter) – 7.00 a.m.
  • Evening Aarti (Winter) – 7.00 p.m

Kangra Devi Temple Location

The temple is situated Kangra Town of Kangra District, Himachal Pradesh. The nearest airport is Gaggal in the Kangra.

How to Reach Mata Kangra Devi Temple

By  Air : The nearest airport is Gaggal airport which is 11 away from the Kangra Devi Temple. Domestic flights are available for the Gaggal from Major cities of India. From the airport you can easily hire taxi, autoricksaw.
By Rail : Kangra town has its own Railway station but it is narrow gouge line. And not connected directly to other railway station of the country. The nearest broad Gouge station is Pathankot which is 87 k away from the Kangra.
By Bus : Being an important district, Kangra is well connected by road by the major cities of North India. You can take direct buses from the several cities.

Festivals at Kangra Devi Temple

Makar Sakranti – Makar Sakranti is one of the major festivals at the Kangra Devi Temple. Legend says that after killing Mahishasura in the battle, Devi had got some injuries. To heel those injuries Goddess had applied butter on her body.

Navaratri – The temple is best known for its Navratri celebrations. A huge fair is also organized as reverence to Goddess on Amavasya in the month of Chaitra. Next day, a ceremonial event with a procession carrying an idol of Goddess Durga in a Palki is observed.

Weather of Kangra

Summer : During the months of summer (Mar to June), the temperature can be pleasant. But you should carry light woollen clothes.
Monsoon : In the monsoon there can be heavy rainfall. The temperature remains humid and warm.
Winter : In the winter the temperature can reach sub zero level. You should advise to wear heavy woollen clothes.

Things To Do

  • During the winter please carry the woollen clothes.
  • Take of your shoe before entering in the temple premises.

Things Not To Do

  • Do not involve in any irrelevant activity during your visit.
  • Do not spit anywhere in the complex and any luggage also not allowed in the temple.
  • Don’t spread your personal trash in temple complex.

Temple/Tourist Places near Kangra Devi Temple

  • Sheetla Devi
  • Chamunda Devi
  • Jwalamukhi Temple
  • Vajreshwari temple
  • Thaneek Pura
  • Kangra Fort

Temple Committee

The temple is run by the Himachal Pradesh Government. The district Magistrate plays an important role in policy making of the temple.


Q. Is there any accommodation for night stay?

A. Yes there are lots of hotel and lodge at cheapest price.

Q. How can I reach the temple?

A. You can reach the kangra Devi temple by Road easily.

Q. What is the entry fee for Kangra Devi  Temple?

A. There is no entry fee in Kangra Devi Temple.

Q. Is Navaratri best time to visit?

A. During the Navaratri the temple have huge crowd. If you want to visit then it depends on you.

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Vipul pathak
Vipul pathak
2 years ago

Right now temple is open or not.

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Reply to  Vipul pathak
1 year ago

28/8/22 को पठानकोट से कांगडा देवी को जाने में क्या समस्या आ सकती है

Maharaj Singh
Maharaj Singh
2 years ago

We want to visit on 18/09/2021, so please tell us , will be any problem in view of Corona etc ?

2 years ago

Temple open on 18 Nov or 19 nov.2021 pls tell me.

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