Rohru is a small town situated 115 km from Shimla in Himachal Pradesh. It is famous for trout fishing at the Pabbar River and its surrounding beauty. Hatkoti Temple is part of the Jabbal tehsil and is located in a valley near Rohru. Tourists coming to Rohru make their way up to the stone temple of Hatkoti. Being the meeting point of three streams- Bishkulti, Raanvati with Pabbar River, it is a sacred site for the Hindus. The temple here also makes the valley an important pilgrimage destination.
Architecture of Hatkoti Temple
Hatkoti is special for the Hindu pilgrims visiting Himachal Pradesh. The Hatkoti Temple is an abode of goddess Mahishasurmardini, an incarnation of goddess Durga or Parvati. The statue of the goddess is 1.2 meters in height and made of eight precious metals. In the dark sanctorum, this idol emits a glow because of its bronze make. The complex also has a separate temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Several other idols inside these two temples stand as examples of great architectural skills. Other structures within the temple complex include a kirtan ghar (prayer room), a dharamshala (rest house) and yagyashala (room for rituals and sacrifices). The Hawan Kund, at the center of the main hall houses idols of Lord Ganesha and Vishnu. There is also another large hall within the temple premises called Satsang Bhawan. It has a seating capacity of around 350 devotees.
History of Hatkoti Temple
Based on the architectural styles and design, historians conclude this temple to be built during the Gupta era. Many also believe that Guru Shankaracharya established the Hatkoti Temple.