Bharmour is beautiful town surrounded by high lush green mountains located at a distance of 62 km from Chamba. Bharmour is often referred as the land of Shiva because of belief that lord Shiva resides at mountain Kailash which is located in this area. Bharmour was also Known as Brahmpur in the 6th century and was the seat of power of Chamba state for nearly 400 years till AD 920, when a new capital was founded at Chamba by Raja Sahil Varman. Bharmour is popular for its natural beauty, for Chaurasi temples and Manimahesh. Chaurasi Temples stand on a level area in center of Bharmour and are named after the 84 Siddhas who are believed to have meditated in here over thousand years ago.
The tallest temple of the complex is of lord Shiva built in Shikhara style of architecture. Shikhara (mountain peak) style refers to the rising tower in the hindu temple architecture. The temple has a Shivalingam on a raised platform. The other temple in Shikhara style is of Nar Singh. Lord Vishnu in his avatar as Nar Singh has been cast vividly. There is a bronze Nandi of life size which stands facing the Manimahesh temple. Inscriptions on the pedestal of the bull and on the idols of Lakshna Devi and Ganesh date back to the reign of Raja Meru Varman. These idols are believed to be the work of master craftsman Gugga. There is a small water source called Ardh Ganga in a corner of the Chaurasi temple complex. Bathing in its water is considered religiously significant.
The country around Bharmour is regarded as belonging to Shiva and is sometimes called Shiv-Bhumi.It is believed that Raja Maru was first to settle in Bharmour. Meru along with his son Jaistambh penetrated the upper Ravi Valley through outer hill by defeating Ranas, who were holding that territory. He named the new town Brahampura and made it capital of state Chamba. This is believed to happen somewhere in middle of 6th Century A.D. After Maru Varvan several Rajas ruled Bharmour for about 400 years until Raja Sahil Varman who founded new capital Chamba.
Just 4 kms above Chaurasi temples is the hill temple of Bharmani Devi. A trek to this temple refreshes the visitors as it unfolds the green woods before him. According to a local legend, the place Brahampura was older than Maru’s time and as per common belief this used to be the vatika (garden) of goddess Brahmani who used to reside where her shrine now stands on the ridge. Brahmaani Devi was having a son who was very fond of his pet choker or (birds). One day the choker was killed by a peasant and the son was shocked to death by this loose . Grief-stricken, Brahmani Devi also sacrificed by burying herself alive. The spirits of these trio dead souls started haunting the people awfully who raised Brahmani Devi to the status of deity and built her a temple. The people believe that the place was called Brahmpura after Brahamani Devi.
Places to see at Bharmour
When you visit Bharmour then temples, wildlife sanctuaries and waterfalls are top places to see at Bharmour.
Chaurasi Temple Bharmour
Chaurasi Temple complex commonly known as Chaurasi Mandir (Chaurasi temple), is the renowned for its significance and magnitude. Eighty-four ancient beautifully carved pillars has carefully festooned the temple complex. All these temples stand on a level area which call the Chaurasi after the 84 Siddhas who are believed to have meditated in Bharmaur over 1000 years ago. These Siddhas hailed from Kurukshetra and visited Manimahesh. Thus this temple complex obtained the name Chaurasi temple. The Chaurasi Temple Complex offers you a delightful, clean and a scenic view. More details..
Main attraction of Chaurasi temple complex are:
- Ganesha Temple
- Lakshana devi (Lakhna devi) Temple
- Swami Kartik (kelang) Temple
- Manimahesh temple belonging to Lord Shiva
- Maa Chamunda Temple
- Hanuman Temple
- Maa Sheetla Temple
- Dharameshwar Mahadev temple which belongs to Lord Dharamraj only one in the whole world
- Nandi temple
- Jai krishan Giriji temple
- Nar Singh temple
- Ard Ganga -holy Pond which is used for holy bath on the occasion of Janamashtami.
- Trameshwar Mahadev, Moniling Mahadev, Suryaling Mahadev, Gyarahrudhra Mahadev.
Bharmani Mata Temple
Bharmani Mata temple complex is at the top of the ridge, 4km away from the Bharmour. The place is mainly known for Goddess Bharmani Mata. People believe that the Bharmour was called Brahmpura after Bharmani Devi. When Lord Shiva went to Manimahesh, he granted a boon to goddess Bharmani Devi that all persons intending to go on pilgrimage to Manimahesh must have a dip in their holy pool. Failing this, their pilgrimage would not be acceptable to Lord Shiva. That’s by every visitor firstly take bath in Bharmani’s holy pool before Manimahesh Lake.
Manimahesh Lake (also known as Dal Lake, Manimahesh), is a high altitude lake (elevation 4,080 metres (13,390 ft)) situated close to the Manimahesh Kailash Peak in the Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas, in the Bharmour subdivision of Chamba district of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The Manimahesh Kailash peak that stands high close to the lake is believed to be the home of Lord Shiva (Hindu deity). This place is believed to be second to the Lake Manasarovar in its religious significance.
Banni Mata Temple
Banni Mata Temple, also known variously as the Mahakali Banni Mata Temple, is located in Bharmour, a hill station in the State of Himachal Pradesh in north India. This temple is situated at a height of 8,500 feet, right at the base of beautiful Pir Panjal Range in the Bharmour Valley. It is an ancient temple dedicated to Devi Kali, a goddess figure in Hinduism. For more details click here…
Bhagwati Mata Temple
Bhagwati mata temple is dedicated to goddess Chamunda mata. This temple is located near villlage Seri. This temple can be accessed by two routes. One route is steep slopy trek of 2km downwards from Bharmour. Another route is relatively easier with a motorable road of 3km and then flat trek of 1km. One can also visit Nag temple on the way to Bhagwati mata temple by second route. Every year a fare is held at this temple.
Swami Kartikeya Temple is located near Kugti village in Bharmour area of Himachal Pradesh. The temple is located at a distance of 4km from Kugti at an altitude of 3100m above sea level. A mild 4km trek from Kugtii village takes you to the stunning beauty of Swami Kartikeya Temple. As swami Kartikeya is known as Kelang in Bharmour hence this temple is more famous by the name of Kelang temple in Bharmour. Read More…
Shivashakti Devi Temple
Remarkable hill-style temple of Shivshakti Devi is one of the oldest temples in Bharmour. Shivshakti Devi temple was constructed in 650 AD, around the same period when the Lakshana Temple of Bharmour was constructed. The temple has specific sculpure comprising wood and slate roof. The Idol placed inside the temple is made of Panchaloha (An alloy of 5 metals), and is quite lustrous. The Shivshakti Devi temple is of interest owning to the elaborate decoration of its facade, ceiling and pillar. The main idol in the temple is of Shivshakti Devi. This fine brass statue, 4 feet 6 inches tall shows Shakti holding in her hands a lance (Power, energy) and a lotus (life), a bell (aether, space) and a snake (death and time). Besides this main idol there are almost thirty other small figurines of tutelary deities like Annapurna. For more information click here…
Kugti Wildlife Sanctuary
Kugti Wildlife Sanctuary, Bharmour is the one of the largest wildlife sanctuary in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Its situated at an altitude ranging from 2,195 m to 5,040 m. On the west side, Tundah Sanctuary surrounds this sanctuary by a forest corridor. It is easily accessible from Bharmour, Himachal Pradesh and is 17km from Bharmour. More details…
Tundah Wildlife Sanctuary
Tundah wildlife sanctuary is situated at junction of Tundah Nalla and Ravi River and is at a distance of 25km from Bharmour and 45 kilometers from Dalhousie. This sanctuary is linked by an eastern forest corridor with the Kugti sanctuary and the altitude of Tundah sanctuary ranges between 2074 to 5532 meters. This breathtakingly beautiful Tundah sanctuary provides residence to many different wildlife animals such Himalayan Ibex and Pheasants. Read More…
Waterfalls of Bharmour
Thala waterfall is a really beautiful waterfall located at a distance of 9km from Bharmour near the river at the Thala bridge. It is easily accessible by taxi and is only at a distance of 100 metres from Thala Bridge. Unlike many other popular waterfalls in India which can be seen in monsoon only because of very low or no water during other period. Read More…
Ghared waterfall or also known as Chho Chhundu waterfall is 1 km away from Thala waterfall and 10 km from Bharmour. You need to climb around 200 metres above the road to go near the waterfall. Waterfall is really beautiful and offers a good spot to have a picnic. There is another waterfall which is just below this waterfall. Both the waterfalls look amazing. If you are at Bharmour then you must visit these waterfalls. Read More…
Sathali waterfall is beautiful waterfall located near Bharmour at a ditance of 6km close to sathali village. Waterfall is accessible from road by trek of 0.5km. There is a small water mill on the starting point of the trek. You have to walk along the water stream and through bushes to reach this watefall. Unlike other waterfalls of Bharmour water in this waterfall significantly reduces during winters. Hence it would not be that much fun to visit this waterfall in winter however it is real pleasure to visit this waterfall in summer. Read More…
Hadsar waterfall is one of the biggest waterfalls in height. It has several steps out of which only one step is shown in the picture here. This waterfall is 14km away from Bharmour, near the beginning of Kugti wildlife sanctuary. If you visit this waterfall in April, May or June then you can see a small cave formed with the glacier at the bottom of waterfall. There is a big ground before the waterfall which is really good to arrange fun activiities if you are visiting this waterfall.
Kaksen – Bhagsen Waterfalls
Kaksen – Bhagsen waterfall, also known as waterfalls of Paap and Punya (Sins & Virtue), are located at a distance of 18km from Bharmour in Kugti wildlife sanctuary near Dharol. These waterfalls are really amazing.
Photo gallery of waterfalls at Bharmour
Weather at Bharmour
The weather is generally pleasant and cool all around the year. In summers that is May and June , the temperature sometimes touches 35°C. December and January are the coldest months and the mercury dips to -10°C at times. October and November are dry months but it is pretty cold also. December to February is very cold and snow bound and chilly months. Winter dresses are indispensable during this season
How to reach Bharmour
By Air: The closest airport is at Gaggal (Kangra) near Dharamshala which is 190 km from Bharmour. Buses and Taxis are available.
By Rail: The nearest railway terminal is situated in Chakki Bank railway station (CHKB) and Pathankot railway station (PTK) which are at distance of 180kms from Bharmour. Taxis and Buses are available.
By Road: Bharmour is well connected by roads with main cities of Himachal Pradesh like Chamba, Kangra, Dalhousie, Dharamshala, etc. It is 60kms from the city of Chamba and approximately 200kms from Dharamshala at a height of 2195mts above sea level. Taxis and Buses are available.
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Accommodation Facility at Bharmour
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