Brajeshwari Devi temple is situated in Nagarkot,Kangra district of Himachal pradesh. It is 11 km away from nearest railway station.
This temple is dedicated to goddess Brajeshwari. Acccording to legend after Goddess Sati sacrificed herself in the honor of Lord Shiva in her father Yagya. Lord Shiva took the Sati body on his shoulder and stated Tandav. Lord Vishnu is divided goddess Sati body into 51 parts with his chakra in order to stop the Lord Shiva destroying the word. The left breast of Sati fell at this place.
Brajeshwari Devi temple over the decades has been looted relentlessly. Mohammed Ghazni was the first looted it in 1009. After the 35 years the local king regained its possession. The shine was repaired and a repliaca of the idol was induct. The Brajeshwari Devi temple was filled with gold, silver and diamonds.
The original temple was built by the Pandavas at the time of Mahabharatha. Legend says that one day Pandavas saw Goddess Durga in their dream in which she told them that she is situated in the Nagarkot village and if they want them self to be secure they should make a temple for her in that area otherwise they will be destroyed. That same night they made a magnificent temple for her in the Nagarkot village. This temple was looted a number of time by the Muslim invaders. Md Gaznavi looted this temple at least 5 times, in the past it used to contain tonnes of gold and many ghantas made of pure silver. In 1905 the temple was destroyed by a powerful earthquake and was subsequently rebuilt by the government.
Architecture of Brajeshwari Devi temple
The temple is also surrounded by a stone wall like a fort. Inside temple Goddess Brajeshwari is present in the form of Pindi. The temple also have a small temple of Bhairav. In front of the main temple an idol of Dhayanu Bhagat is also present. He had offered his head to the Goddess at the time of Akbar. The present structure has three tombs in it which is unique in itself.
Makar sakrantri, which comes on second week of January, is also celebrated in the temple. Legend says that after killing Mahishasura in the battle, devi had got some injuries. to heel those injuries Goddess had applied butter on her body, in Nagarkot. Thus to mark this day the Pindi of Goddess is covered with Makhan and the festival is celebrated for a week in the temple.