|Manu||Date: Monday, 14-March-2016, 8:17 PM | Message # 1|
Chamba is a beautiful place in Himachal Pradesh which is embellished with many pristine and scenic views, historic buildings and places of religious importance. There are many temples in Chamba district, which have their own religious importance and beauty. One of these amazing temples is the Chaurasi Temple which is located in Bharmour. The ancient capital of Chamba district, Bharmour’s ancient name was Brahmpura. Located at a distance of 59.4 Km from main Chamba, Bharmour is located at a height of 7000 ft. in the Bodhi valley.
The Chaurasi temple is a house for 84 temples and Dharmeshvar Mahadev (Dharamraj) temple is one of them. This temple, also known as dhai paudi, is located at the northern corner of the temple which is made up of stone and wood and the roof is made up of slate. According to the folklore’s, it is said that after death every soul has to make a visit here for the final hearing of the deeds done in their life. After looking through the records of one’s life which is kept in a chronicle by Chitragupt, Dharamraj decides if the soul will go to heaven or hell.
Chaurasi Temple is amid in the centermost of Bharmour town and it holds immense religious significant because of temples built around 1400 years ago. Life of humans in Bharmour centers around the temple complex-Chaurasi, called so because of 84 shrines built in the distance of Chaurasi Temple. Chaurasi is Hindi word for number eighty four. The admirable shikhara appearance temple of Manimahesh occupies the centermost of the complex.
It is believed that if 84 Siddhas, who had appear from kurukshetra, were casual through Bharmour to visit Manimahesh, they fell in love with the calmness of Bharmour and lodged to meditate here. Chaurasi Temple Circuitous was built about in 7th century, although repairs of abounding temples have been carried out in after period.
There is another myth associated with Chaurasi temple complex.
It is believed that very soon after Sahil Varman’s accretion of Brahampura (ancient name of Bharmour), 84 yogis visited this place. They were abundantly pleased with the King’s hospitality. As King had no heir, Yogis promised him ten son’s. Thus they were requested by the King to stay back in Brahampura till the anticipation of Yogis was fulfilled.
In due course of time the King was blessed with ten sons and a daughter. Daughter was called Champavati and because of affection of Champavati new capital Chamba was established. It is believed that Chaurasi temple complex in Bharmour was present at birth to honor these 84 Yogis and called Chaurasi afterwards them.