Hatkoti Durga Temple is part of the Jabbal tehsil and is located in a valley near Rohru. It is a small town situated 115 km from Shimla in Himachal Pradesh. Rohru is famous for trout fishing at the Pabbar River and its surrounding beauty. Tourists coming to Rohru make their way up to the stone temple of Hatkoti. The meeting point of three streams- Bishkulti, Raanvati with Pabbar River- is a sacred site for the Hindus. The temple here also makes the valley an important pilgrimage destination.Hence, it is counted as one of the most prominent scared destinations near Shimla. You can add this destination to your vacation bny booking a Shimla tour package from Indian Holiday. We offer quality service and smooth travel experience through our customizabel tour packages.
The architecture of Hatkoti Temple Himchal Pradesh
Hatkoti is notable 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 is made of eight precious metals. This idol emits a glow-in-the-dark Sanctorum 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 excellent architectural skills. Other structures within the temple complex include a kirtan Ghar (prayer room), a Dharamshala (rest house), and a Yagya shala (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
Historians conclude this temple was built during the Gupta era based on architectural styles and design. Many also believe that Guru Shankaracharya established the Hatkoti Temple.