Laxmi Narayan & Hari Rai Temples

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Laxmi Narayan & Hari Rai Temples

History

Laxmi Narayan and Hari Rai Temples of Chamba stand as a testimony to the architectural brilliance and execution that existed thousands of years ago. Laxmi Narayan Temple is the main temple of Chamba town which was built by Sahil Varman in the 10th century. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi. Laxmi Narayan Temple has many small temples within the complex. Among these are Radha Krishna, Shiva Temple of Chandragupta and Gauri Shankar Temple. The temple has a finely crafted wooden roof with Shikara and a chamber housing the idols. The design and architecture of the temple is such that it suits all kind of climatic conditions. The majestic door of the temple has a grand metal idol of Garuda, the vehicle of Lord Vishnu, which welcomes every tourist and devotee inside the temple. One can feel richness, culture and grandeur in every stone of the Laxmi Narayan Temple.

The Hari Rai Temple is another ancient temple of Chamba. The temple is located in the north-west direction and has become the official entrance to enter the Chamba town. This temple is also dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The temple is carved in a Shikara style and stands majestically on a stone platform. The temple has a beautiful statue of Lord Vishnu in the form of Chaturmurti (four faces). Hari Rai is the only temple that has been beautifully coated with saffron and can be prominently seen among all the other temples.

Both these temples of Chamba are soaked in grandeur and beauty and take you back to those ancient days where the culture and tradition reigned the historical era. So grab your cameras to capture the beauty of these temples amongst the setting sun of Chamba and come back home with album full of memories.

Best time to visit

Laxmi Narayan and Hari Rai Temples can be visited at any time of the year.

Trivia

The legend of the Laxmi Narayan Temple states that Raja Sahil Verma, who constructed this temple, sent his nine sons to the Vindhyas Mountains to get marble which was suitable for the construction of the Vishnu idol.

Timing

The Lakshmi Narayan Temple complex is opened first between 6:00 am to 12:30 pm and then from 2:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Hari Rai Temple is open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.


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