Saturday, January 3, 2009
The five storey Bheemakali temple is situated on a hillock amongst beautiful scenery of gigantic deodar trees, in Sarhan.
Is an architectural wonder is one of the representative of 51 Shakti Peeths.
The style of architecture used to build it is a unique mixture of both Hinduism and Buddhism. It is built of wood and is no less than an architectural masterpiece.
It has six silver coated doors.
There are numerous other deities installed in the complex.
The origins of the temple is mentioned in the legends of “Markadya Purana and Durga Shaptshati. Legends say Goddess Durga had promised the Devas that she would save them from the atrocities of the Asuras by re-incarnation. True to her word, she decimated the asuras and became famous by the name of Bheema Devi. The temple has an interesting story behind it. Legend has it that long ago, there were many demons in the Himalayas who were proving to be a major distraction when the priests and saints used to meditate. They all prayed to the Gods above to send a powerful force to wipe the demons off. Hearing their pleas, the Gods decided to concentrate their powers on one point. A huge explosion took place and one could see a small girl child on that spot. This girl child grew up to be the force who destroyed all demons and was supposed to take repeated births to destroy any evil force on the face of the earth. The temple is dedicated to this great female power who was called Bheemakali.
In the year 1905, a powerful earthquake struck this place and the temple tilted to one side. However, it reclined back to its original shape after another tremor jolted the place!
It is heard that there is a secret tunnel inside the temple that was used to reach a nearby village by the priests.