Chandi Mandir

About The Temple

About Chandi Mandir In Chandigarh

The famous Chandi Mandir in Chandigarh is situated 10 kilometers ahead of the Mansa Devi Shrine and in the backdrop of the beautiful Shivalik hills. Chandi Mandir is of the oldest temples which is believed to have been created in the era of Mahabharata from where the city derivers its name.

Way of worship

Dedicated to mother goddess of power, Chandi, Chandi Temple is one of the twelve Shakti Peethas of the Hindus. There is an aura which envelopes the temple and if you are in search of spirituality and tranquility there can be no better place than Chandi Mandir. It is one of the oldest temples in India which is visited by thousands of devotees across the country to seek the blessings of goddess Chandi, the main deity of the temple. The devotees offering prayer to the goddess strongly believes that worshipping goddess Chandi with complete devotion will convert all their wishes into reality.

The mother goddess of power

Devi Chandi or Chandika also known also known as Durga is the chief goddess of Devi Mahatmay as described in Durga Saptashati a religious book which deals with the victory of Devi Durga over Mahishasura. Bhaskararaya the main administrator on all matters pertaining to the worship of the mother goddess describes the three facades of Chandi Devi as dreadful, raging and passionate one. Devi Chandi is believed my scholars to have originated in Bengal, the presiding place of the Shakta.

The main idol

Hindu religion has the special aspect of worshipping the deities in the form of idols or figurines which personify the god or goddess in visual form as sculptured or curved image figure. There exists an array of enshrined statues or images in the well known Chandi Mandir like the Chandi or Durga, Deity of Radha Krishna, lord Hanumana, lord Shiva and lord Rama. Chandi Devi, the powerful mother goddess is the chief idol worshipped here.

Mansa Devi Temple

Mansa Devi temple is the nearby shrine situated 10 kilometers away from the Chandi Mandir in Chandigarh. It is a Hindu temple dedicated to goddess Mansa Devi, a form of Shakti. As renowned Shakti temples in North India it attracts thousands of pilgrims from all over India during the Navaratra mela.

Worshiping the almighty

Worship of goddess Durga has originated from the historic ages. In RikVeda the enormous power of the Devi is well defined. Chandi is described as the best script for performing Durga Puja. The mother goddess is worshipped in many forms in different parts of India. What receives special mention is that the goddess is worshipped in the form of Chandi the most treasured and ancient script of Durga Puja and all rituals of Durga Puja are performed from Chandi. The main spirit of Chandi is Shakti, the power. In Chandi Mandir Chandigarh goddess Durga is worshiped in the form of Chandi.

Pious occasion to visit the Shrine

The best occasion to be in the solace of divinity is to visit the Chandi Mandir during Navaratra. Navaratra or Navadurga Parva is celebrated for nine long days in the month of October-November is marked by great exuberance and festivities wrapping up the environment in entirety. There is a huge inflow of devotees in the temple from across the country during the Navaratra. Chandi Homa or Havana is performed especially during this period. It is performed by chanting the verses from the religious text Durga Saphtasathi by offering oblation in the sacrificial fire. Then is it followed by the Navakshari Mantra. The other Pujas which are performed during theses ritual are Kumara Puja and Suvasini Puja. During the Puja the huge idol of the goddess Chandi is adorned with glittering ornaments and aromatic flowers. Navaratra is the most favorable and auspicious time for spiritual shadanas and worship of Shakti in the form of Chandi.

Holy pilgrimage

Chandi Devi is referred as the goddess of Shakti by the pilgrims who visit the enchanting religious hub, with a strong belief that all their wishes will come true by true devotional worship. Amidst the captivating picaresque surrounding stands the temple with beautifully engraved interiors which fascinates the pilgrims and enables them to explore more.

How to reach

It is very easy to reach the shrine of Chandi Devi by air, road and rail. The Chandi Mandir in Chandigarh is very well connected through these means of transport with other parts of India.

 

  • By road: There is a well planned road network in the city which takes the pilgrims conveniently to the temple. There are two national highways which serve the union territory and connect the city to different parts of India. There are also state bus route services like air condition, ordinary, deluxe and semi-deluxe buses in the city.
  • By air: The city of Chandigarh remains well connected with Amritsar and Delhi via aircraft services. The airport is situated at a distance of 12 kilometers which serves pilgrims coming from different parts of the country. Only domestic flights are permitted which are well connected with Chandigarh to all the major cities across India.
  • By train: There are well connected railway network in the city. Satabdi express and Himalayan queen are the two express trains which forms a link between the city of Chandigarh and Delhi. For the pilgrims to reach the Mandir comfortably as it is about 15 kilometers from the main city there are local train services available.

 

Nearby attractions

Tourism in Chandigarh has gained much importance in recent times. You can take the help of Chandigarh tourist guide which will help you to explore the different sightseeing places in the city.

Rock garden: the Rock garden also known as Nek Chand’s Rock garden after it founder is located near Sukhna Lake. Some significant features of this garden are the interlinked paths which run alongside the waterfall of the Sukhna Lake. The landscape is decorated with sculptures of dancers and musicians.

Rose Garden: the Zakir Hussain Rose Garden named after the former Indian president is the biggest botanical garden in India which is spread over 30 acres of land with beautiful roses blooming in the garden.

Pinjore Garden: it was created by the Nawab in the Mughal period under Aurangzeb. It was again reconstructed by Maharaja Yadavindra of the Patiala state.

International dolls museum: the dolls museum has a capacity of dolls and puppets from 25 Indian countries. It’s managed by the Indian Council of Children Welfare.

Le Corbusier Center: the office was used and named after the Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier. When he was an architect who was commissioned to plan the city of Chandigarh he used the office. It was then converted into a museum dedicated to the architect.

Chattbir Zoo: also known as Mahendra Chaudhry zoological park has huge zoo houses which are a home to birds, reptiles and animals. The much desirable thing to watch out in this zoo is the popular lion-safari.

Chandi Mandir Panchkula: Another added attraction is the military camp of the Indian army which is known as Chandimandir cantonment in Panchkula district in the foothills of Sivalik range. It is the headquarters to western command of the Indian army. The village that offers Chandimandir its name is on the north eastern border down the Ambala-Kalka highway.

History of the temple

There are various legends regarding the shrine of Chandi devi.In Markendeya Purana it is said that when Indra was praying to Goddess Mahasaraswati in order to relieve them from the cruelties of the demons Shumbha and Nishumbha. Goddess Durga heard their prayers and out of inquisitiveness she asked them who the goddess they were addressing in their prayer was. From the figure of the goddess a figure came into limelight that was Chandika or Chandi also known as Chandraghanta, one of the Navdurgas. The goddess has three eyes through whose eyebrows goddess Chamunda kali appeared to kill the demons Chand and Mund and Rakthbeeja too. This temple was built to celebrate the great victory over the demons.

Temple deity

The Devi has an outstanding omnipotence. The goddess Chandi of the Chandi Mata Mandir has three eyes and embellished with crescent moon. She has got multiple arms holds weapons, jewels, ornaments, emblems, utensils and cloths, garlands and a sting of beads for keeping count in the rosaries. She sits on a lion vehicle displaying great grander. Chandi is one of the magnificent figures in the entire macrocosm. She is the goddess kaatyayini or Durga who killed Mahishasura, Shumbha and Nishumbha. When the gods became impotent due to the outrageous battle with the demons from their energy the goddess Chandi was born.

The worshipping procedures

Worship of Chandi Devi as the goddess of power has been performed from the historic ages. RikVeda describes the power of the goddess who is worshipped in the form of Chandi the most recognized ancient script of Durga Puja and respectively all rituals of Durga Puja are performed from here. The chief essence of Shakti is Chandi, the power. Goddess Durga is worshipped in the form of Chandi Devi in the famous Chandi Devi Mandir.