Shikari Devi Temple – Roofless Temple in Mandi



Shikari Devi Temple is situated in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh. Shikari Devi Temple height is 2850 from the sea level.

About Shikari Devi Temple

Shikari Devi temple is sourrounded by beautiful deodar woods, pine tree,apple and orchid tree. The way to Shikari Devi is difficult from Janjheli or karsog valley. Shikari Devi Temple is roofless and located on the top of hill. A stone idol is placed inside the Shikari Devi temple.

Shikari Devi Temple
Shikari Devi Temple

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According to legends the hunters in the early years worshipped the Goddess. Hunter prays to Goddess success in their hunt. So in the old days Goddess was known as Shikari Devi. According to the myth there will be no snowfall on the top of the Shikari Devi temple. During Navaratra fair is held here. Large no of peoples comes to see the fair. The Pandava during their exile mediated at this place and were blessed by Goddess Durga for thier victory over Kauravas. The most popular trek to Shikari Devi is via Jhanjhehali. Most trekkers choose the Jhanjhehali valley for trekking. It was said that Britishers were interested in making Jhanjhehali summer capital of India. They were impressed the beauty of vallley and beautiful forests.  According to the myth, whenever anyone tried to build a roof on the Shikari Devi Temple, it had been a failure.