Laxmi Naryan Mandir, Chamba
Laxmi Narayan Temple, Chamba: The Lakshmi Narayan temples complex, devoted to the Vaishnavite sect, includes the main Lakshmi Narayan temple, built in the 10th century by Raja Sahil Verman. It has been built to suit the local climatic conditions with wooden chatries and has a shikara, and a sanctum sanctorum (Garbhagriha), with an antarala and a mantapa. A metallic image of Garuda, the vahana (mount) of Vishnu is installed on the dwajastamba pillar at the main gate of the temple. In 1678, Raja Chhatra Singh adorned the temple roof with gold plated pinnacles, as a riposte to Auranagzeb, who had ordered demolition of this temple. Darshan Timings: Laxmi Narayan Temple remains open from early 6 am to 12.30 pm and then from 2.30 pm to 8.30 pm. It remains open twice a day for the devotees in two halves. Accommodation : Chamba offers decent accommodation options, in terms of government approved and various hotels, Restuarants and Dharmsala. . Places to visit along with the Laxminarayan Temple : • Champavati Temple. • Vajreshwari Temple. • Sui Mata Temple. • Chamunda Devi Temple. • Bhuri Singh Museum • Rangmahal, and Chowgan • Bhuri Singh Museum. • Transport and Accommodation Facilities: By Air: Nearest airport to the Laxmi Narayan Temple is Gaggal (Kangra) 135 km and Amritsar 220 km. By Train: Nearest Railway station is at Pathankot 120 km. By Road: Each and every part of the state is linked by roads. The Himachal Road Transport Corporation is running its buses covering the whole state.