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About Kunal Pathri Temple

Durga, also known as Kali, Bhagwati, Gauri, and Ambika, is a prime Hindu Goddess. The Kunal Pathri Temple located near Kotwali Bazar of McLeod Ganj (three km from it) is dedicated to honoring this principal form of divinity. A level walk leads one to the entrance of his little temple. This journey to the temple is an experience in itself. Snow capped mountains seem to follow one throughout the path, and the way is lined by beautiful tea gardens, occasionally providing glimpses of wildlife ranging from rabbits to leopards. The temple that is consecrated to Kapaleshwari possesses intricate carvings of various Hindu Gods and Goddess. Mata Durga is believed to be immortalized at this place in a ‘pathri’ or stone. The temple houses statue of Durga under a stone, another reason for it being named Pathri temple. An alternate legend holds that when Lord Shiva was carrying the corpse of his wife Sati, Lord Vishu used the Sudharshana Chakra to respectfully cut down her body to calm the pain of Lord Shiva. This is when Sati’s skull is said to have fallen at the spot where today a huge, inverted rock can be seen in front of this temple. Interestingly, this rock is always filled with water and locals say that when the water is about to dry, it rains!

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  • Facilities Food Stalls, Washrooms
  • Recommended Hours Min. 1 hour
  • Best Visited With Group, Family, Couple, Solo
  • Not Allowed Pets, Footwear
  • Allowed Camera, Video

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