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One of the oldest and largest temples at Chamba which stands proudly is in the form of Lakshmi Narayan Temple. It has six different temples in its complex; this temple was built in the 10th century. The entire temple in the complex is arranged from north to south dedicated to either Lord Shiva or Vishnu. There are other temples also housed in the complex including Radha Krishna Temple, Shiva Temple of Chandragupta and Gauri Shankar Temple.

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The three deity shrines include the temple of Radha Krishna, Shiva Temple of Chandergupta and Gauri Shankar Temple. Though the temple was built in the 10th century, it was continued to be decorated by rajas who occupied the throne of Chamba afterwards. Raja Balabhadra Verma in those days added the metallic image of Garuda on a high pillar at the main gate of the temple while Raja Chhatra Singh contributed the gilded pinnacles on the temple tops.

In 1678, Raja chhatra Singh placed gilded pinnacles on the temple top as a reaction against the orders of Aurangzeb to demolish the temple. Later Rajas also added a shrine or two thus enriching the complex.

Who build the Temple
Laxminarayan Temple
The legend of the temple has the history that Raja Sahil Verma, who constructed this temple, sent nine of his sons to the Vindhyas Mountains to get marble which was suitable for the construction of the Vishnu idol.

The Laxmi Narayan Temple complex also has some fine sculptures of residing deities, which include figures of Lord Vishnu (of the Hindu trilogy), Goddess Laxmi (Goddess of wealth), Narasimha (Lion form of Lord Vishnu) and Lord Krishna. The wooden Chhattries, the shell roof, atop the temple were in response to the local climatic conditions as a protection against snowfall.


Significance of the Temple
Laxminarayan Temple Significance
The image of Lord Vishnu present in Laxminarayan temple was made of a rare marble imported from Vindhyachal Mountains. As the erstwhile king of the region, Sahil Verma, who constructed this temple, sacrificed eight of his sons to get the marble.

Later finally, his eldest son, Yugkara succeeded to fetch the marble. The Raja was also attacked by the robbers, but with the help of a saint he managed to save himself. Thus with great effort, the idol of the Lord could be made which is the most revered one here

The Laxmi Narayan Temple in Chamba is constructed in the Shikhara style. There is Bimana (Shikhara), garbhgriha and also a mandapa like structure. The wooden chattris and the shell roofs reflect the climactic condition of the place where snowfall is quiet expected.

Time to Visit
Laxminarayan Temple
The Lakshmi Narayan temple opens up twice a day for the devotees in two halves. The Lakshmi Narayan Temple complex is opened first between 6 am to 12.30 pm and then from 2.30 to 8.30 pm.

In between these periods the deities are supposed to be taking rest and at night they retire to the interiors of the temple for rest. The best season to visit Chamba for the Temple would be from between April and October.

Other places to Visit
The other Places to visit along with the Laxminarayan Temple in Chamba are Champavati Temple, Vajreshwari Temple, Sui Mata Temple, Chamunda Devi Temple, Bhuri Singh Museum, Rangmahal, and Chowgan & Bhuri Singh Museum. Nearby tourist places to Laxminarayan Temple

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Transport and Accommodation Facilities
  • The Nearest airport to the Laxmi Narayan Temple is Gaggal (Kangra) 135 km. and Amritsar 220 km. The nearest broad gauge railway station is at Pathankot 120 km.The Road facility for the Temple is good as each and every part of the state is linked by roads. The Himachal Road Transport Corporation is running its buses covering the whole state. There is a huge network of HRTC to cater to the needs of the people.

  • Chamba offers decent accommodation options, in terms of hotels, Restuarants and Dharmsala. The Piligrims can choose from the government approved and various hotels in Chamba.