Monday, September 24, 2012

Trip to KALI Mandir, Kalka

I had the opportunity to visit the Goddess  Kali temple in Kalka, which is a small town at the foothills of Himalayas,

 famous for the Kali Temple, in Panchkula district

 of Haryana.

The Kali temple which is an ancient temple, believed to have been built by the Pandavas  during theit 'Agyatvas' time.

The town of kalka, is believed to have sprung up around this temple.

The temple is on the main road which takes you from Chandigarh to Simla.

 For this you have to reach Pinjore, which is famous for Yadavindra Gardsn built on Moghul gardens architecture with plenty of lush lawns gardens and fountains.

Passing by the gardens, one has to cross the Pinjore main market and move further ahead passing by the Kalka market.  Here you cross the Gandhi Chowk

 in Kalka, and finally reaching the Kali temple which is on the right side of the main road.

Just as you enter the mandir, ther is a big Pipal tree.  The mandir itself is of ordinary size.  The main deity of Kali iss towards the rright and there is a sacred sanctorum where the priest sits, away from th quee of devotees.

Besides the regular prasad of garland, chunri and makhan mishri and phooliyan, one also offers mustard oil and black lentils to the Goddess.

In the open  area of the mandir is a huge statue of Mahakali,

s depicted in scriptures, standing on her consort, Shiva.

Right in front of this is the Shiv mandir, with a big Nandi in front.

A small shop at the entrance sells milk which ca be offered to the Shivling.

The temple is very popular with the locals, inviting huge crowds during Navratras.

Just a few yards away from the temple , once can see  a river flowing through a rocky bed. This is perhaps  the only Kali temple having a town named after the goddess.

My visit was an impromptu one.  I decided on the spur of the moment to visit the temple and am so grateful to the Goddess for giving me darshan.

If you happen to go to Panchkula, do visit the temple to seek blessing of Ma Kali.

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