Chamunda Maa

In the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, around 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) west of Palampur, is the renowned Chamunda Devi Temple which depicts scenes from the Devi Mahatmya, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. The goddess’s image is flanked by the images of Hanuman and Bhairava. Another temple, Chamunda Nandikeshwar Dham, also found in Kangra, is dedicated to Shiva and Chamunda. According to a legend, Chamunda was enshrined as chief deity “Rudra Chamunda”, in the battle between the demon Jalandhara and Shiva.
In Gujarat, two Chamunda shrines are located on the hills of Chotila and Panera.
Kichakeshwari Temple, located near the Baripada, Charchika Temple, near Banki and Vaital Deula in Bhubaneswar, Orissa.
Another temple is Chamundeshwari Temple on Chamundi Hill, Mysore. Here, the goddess is identified with Durga, who killed the buffalo demon. Chamundeshwari or Durga, the fierce form of Shakti, a tutelary deity held in reverence for centuries by the Maharaja of Mysore.
The Chamunda Mataji temple in Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur, was established in 1460 after the idol of the goddess Chamunda – the Kuladevi and iṣṭa-devatā (tutelary deity) of the Parihar rulers – was moved from the old capital of Mandore by the then-ruler Jodha of Mandore. The goddess is still worshipped by the royal family of Jodhpur and other citizens of the city. The temple witnesses festivities in Dussehra – the festival of the goddess.

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