Amongst the beautiful and historical sites in Chandigarh that are super popular touristy spots, temples in Chandigarh are a major reason as well for the heavy tourists inflow in the city, coming from far away lands to seek blessings and that is why we feel its important to highlight the holy landmarks of the city that hold a deep significance in the lives of people from not just around the city but also from around the country.
MATA MANSA DEVI MANDIR
Located in the foothills of Shivalik Hills, Mata Mansa Devi Mandir is one of the most prominent temples in the entire northern region of the country. Dedicated to Goddess Mansa Devi, it has a massive bunch of dedicated followers and worshipers who visit on regular basis to offer their prayers and attain salvation. Twice a year, during the Navratra Mela, the Mata Mansa Devi temple is jam-packed with lakhs of devotees visiting the holy shrine throughout the auspicious 9 days of Navratras, so when in Chandigarh, this one temple is an absolute unmissable stop. Where: Chandigarh - Panchkula Rd, Mansa Devi Complex, Sector 5, Panchkula.
A haven for the Sai Bhakhts, this temple is open to all its loyal visitors for 24 hours, seven days a week. Although it's particularly on Thurdays that the temple witnesses an exceptionally large number of devotees pouring in to be a part of the evening aarti and offer their prayers as it is considered extremely auspicious and sacred.
The land for the beautiful Shirdi Sai Baba temple was allotted in the year 1989 and the founder member of the temple Late Shri I P Mehta along with his colleagues played a vital role in its establishment. The idol was originally brought from Jaipur. Thereafter it was taken to Shirdi for due worship & pooja and finally brought and placed in Chandigarh and the rest is history. The unshakable and extremely firm belief of the Sai Bhakts and their devotion is exemplary and needs to be witnessed, to be felt. Where: Sai Baba Mandir, Sector 29-A, Chandigarh.
Dedicated to the Holy Highness, Lord Shiva, this renowned temple is situated in the outskirts of Chandigarh; 20kms away from the buzzing urban city and since its open for only a limited period during the day, it's usually thronged by a large number of pious disciples who wish to seek blessings of Lord Shiva. Quite understandably, there's no place to set a foot during Maha Shivratri as thousands of devotees from all over the neighboring regions, make sure to visit the historical temple on this sacred day to attain alleviation and peace of mind and offer their prayers to their almighty. BUT, if you are visiting Chandigarh and are unable to visit this holy shrine, you are missing something divine. Where Saketri Road, Mansa Devi Temple Complex, Panchkula.
ISKCON; short for The International Society for Krishna Consciousness is dedicated to, as you have already guessed, Lord Krishna. The major highlight of this particular temple happens to be an exceptionally beautiful deity of Lord Krishan and Radha Ji, commonly referred as "RadhaManav", that symbolizes their eternal love. This temple also consists of a library where religious books are sold to increase the knowledge of the people and give them a keen insight into the life of Lord Krishna. The temple conducts aartis, bhajans and, kirtans on regular intervals for its bhakts who wish to indulge in a soulful time while reminiscing about their God. Go ahead and lean into pure bliss! Where: Hare Krishna Dham, Dakshin Marg, Sector-36B, Chandigarh.
Situated about 15kms from Chandigarh, Chandi Mandir is a shrine dedicated to the Goddess of Power- Chandi. Set amidst beautiful and scenic surroundings i.e at the backdrop of Shivalik Hills, this temple is home to many deities, primarily being of Chandi Devi, and then Radha Krishna, Hanuman, Shiva, and Ram, amongst others. An overwhelming amount of crowd during the Navratras as thousands of devotees come to offer prayers and seek blessings. SO, in case we haven't made ourselves crystal clear, then ensure that you visit this temple for killer views and to dive into the holiness of Goddess of Power- Chandi Devi. Where: Chandigarh- Kalka Road.
Located on the outskirts of the City Beautiful- Jayanti Devi temple is dedicated to Jayanti; Goddess of victory but of course apart from the presiding statute of Goddess Jayanti, there are other deities of Hindu Gods including Laxmi, Shiva, Ganesha others that lighten up and brighten up the entire aura of the temple, making it more sacred and holy. Situated on a hillock on the Shivalik Ranges, this temple is reached only after climbing about 100 easy, sweet steps but we assure you, it's totally worth the effort and waits! The festive season indeed witnesses an overpowering number of devotees to mark the auspicious occasions. Jayanti Temple is also known for organizing annual religious fairs in February and August that sees a huge turnout of devout disciples. Where: Jayanti Majri, Chandigarh.