Bhimakali Temple Shimla
Historical Significance of Bhimakali Temple
Another legend related to this place is that during Daksha-Yajna that happened at the place of Devi Sati’s father, Prajapati Daksha, ear of Devi Sati fell here. Since then, it became one of the Shakti-Peethas for the Hindus and many devotees visit this temple throughout the year.
In the topmost floor of the temple building (new), an icon of Devi is kept. The storey below the topmost one has the idol of Devi Parvati, the daughter of Mount Himalaya who is the consort of Mahadev. Within the temple complex, there are three more temples- Patal Bhairva Ji temple, Narsinghji temple, and Lord Raghunathji Temple. The current temple trust of this temple looks after 12 more ancient temples of the region.
Prayer Timings at Bhimakali Temple
- 1st Aarti- 6 am (during summer) / 7:30 am (during winter)
- 2nd Aarti- 2 hours after the first one
- 3rd Aarti- At noon. During this aarti, local foods are offered to the Goddess.
- 4th Aarti- During this Aarti, shlokas from the holy and religious books are chanted
Visitors and devotees can order for special pooja from any part of the country. They need to send a request to the SDM/Temple Officer/Manager of the Temple Trust. Offerings in the pooja are done as per the request and Prasad is sent to the person.
Accommodation Facilities in Bhimakali Temple
Temple Rest House
The types of rooms:
- 6 VIP rooms (Double Bed) with balconies
- 6 ordinary rooms (double bed)
- Two dormitories with 14 beds
- 11 double bedrooms (deluxe)
- 4 double bedrooms (ordinary)
- Dormitory (12 bed capacity)
- Cottages (2 Bed room with kitchen)
Forest Rest House
PWD Circuit House
Important Contacts of Bhimakali Temple
District Commissioner (Commissioner Temple)
Telephone: 0177 265 3535
S.D.M (Vice Chairman of Temple Trust of Rampur)
Telephone: 01782 233 002 (office), 01782 233 030 (Residence)
Telephone: 02782 234054
Telephone: 01782 274248 (for accommodation booking)
Devotees and visitors can get food from the canteen run by the temple trust by paying nominal charges. Tourists/visitors can also get food in various hotels and rest houses located around the temple. During Navratri, free langar facilities are there for everyone.
How to Reach Bhimakali Temple
By Rail: As there is no railway station near to this temple, travelers have to get down at Shimla Station, the nearest station form here. Shimla has connection with Kalka through narrow gauge.
By Road: The Bhimakali Temple is only 180 km away from the capital city Shimla. Jeeps as well as taxi hire are available from both Rampur and Shimla. Buses, both private and run by HPRTC are available very frequently. From Shimla, many prefer to take private vehicles and it takes only 6 hours to reach the temple. Those who are traveling by road must take National Highway 22 till Jeori. Jeori is only 11 km before Jhakri. Jhakri is the place from where the road divides into two parts and one of these roads lead to Sarahan. There are many petrol pumps located at Jeori, Narkanda, Theog and Rampur so travelers must carry extra fuel when they travel by road.
By Air: The nearest airport of Bhimkali Temple is Jubbarhati Airport of Shimla.