Laxminarayan Temple in Shimla

Laxminarayan Temple Overview

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Built by Raja Sahil Varman in the 10th century, Laxminarayan Temple is located around 80 km away from Shimla in Chamba town. This shrine houses six stone temples dedicated to the Hindu Gods – Shiva and Vishnu.

Flaunting Shikhara style of architecture, this religious edifice features a Mandapa that is decorated with wooden chhattris and shell roof to safeguard against the weather. A Bimana, which has a shikhara and garbh griha with a small antralaya, is another architectural aspect of the temple.

A metallic image of Garuda – the vahana of Lord Vishnu is embellished on the dwajastamba pillar at the main gate of the shrine. In 1678, Raja Chhatra Singh placed gold plated pinnacles on the top of the temple, as a reaction to Aurangzeb's orders of demolishing the temple.

The intricate carvings on the pillars and walls of the shrine are fine examples of the architectural expertise of the artisans of the 10th century. Within the complex, there are many small temples dedicated to Radha Krishna, Shiva and Gauri Shankar. The beauty of the temple complex is accentuated by the serene landscape surrounding it.

  • Opening Closing Time Open all days

  • Entrance Fee Free

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Arki, 173208, Himachal Pradesh