Khajji Nag Temple in Khajjiar

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Situated close to the lake is the Khajji Nag Temple that dates back to the 12th century AD, and is considered one of the holiest and ancient temples in Himachal Pradesh. This temple is dedicated to Khajji Nag, who is the Lord of the Serpents.

Inside the temple, there is a mandapa where visitors can view hanging images of the Pandavas along with the defeated Kauravas from the roof of this temple, appearing in a roundabout way. The chambers of this temple are carved out of wood.

The Temple Dates Back To the 12 th Century And Is Inter Spaced With Different Patterns And Images On The Ceiling And Wooden Posts. Located in the district of Chamba, this temple is considered significant and is visited by pilgrims regularly. The interiors of this temple have idols of Lord Shiva along with Goddess Hadimba .  In the mandapa of the temple one can see the images of the Pandavas and the defeated Kaurvas hanging from the roof of the circumambulatory path. The Age-old Tradition Of Sacrificing A Goat Is Still Practiced Outside The Temple Premises.

The architecture of original wooden temple of Khajji nag dates back to period earlier to 12th century A.D. In the 16th century A.D. Raja Balabhadra Barman , the then king of Chamba installed wooden Pandavas statues in the temple. The Khajji Nag temple was renovated by Batlu , the religious nurse of King Prithvi Singh in 17th century A.D.

Khajjiar has an islet with a small lake surrounding it. The lake is considered to be holy by the locals as legend associated it with Khajjinag, the deity in the Khajji temple. The Khajji Nag temple is made in pahari style and the object of worship is ‘Nagdev’, carved out of stone in human from. The images of five Pandvas: Yudhishtra, Bhim, Arjun,Nakul and Sahdev beautiful made out of wood stand in the corners of the Mandapa of the temple. A small temple of Hidimba ( Hidimba Temple )also stands close by. This has led people to believe that the Pandavas happened to visit this place during their exile and their period of incognito. There stands a deodar tree near the P.W.D. Rest house having six shoots of almost equal height. The locals believe that these six shoots represent five Pandvas and their common wife Dropadi.

Places of Interest

Beautiful Journey :

Going from Dalhausie to Khajjiar is a soothing experience as you drive through the beautiful Bakrota Hills. As you keep on going, after some time, you enter the ‘Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary’ and you also see the beautiful ‘Lakkad Mandi’. The whole journey is enjoyable because the road leads you through the magnificent ‘Deodar’ forests. You can easily notice the deep quietness in the environment which adds to the beautiful experience of the entire journey to Khajjiar.

Towards Khajjiar Lake :

As you keep on moving, you approach the point from where you can have the bird’s eye view of the ‘Khajjiar ground and the lake in the middle. Honestly, it seems like a dream from far. So you should stop at this point and have a view of this wonderful creation of the mother nature. After that you move towards the Khajjiar Lake and the ground.

Khajjiar Lake and Ground :

No wilderness in Himachal is so easily accessible and beautiful. It is the magical paradise which quickly makes you realise that there is no place like this in the whole world. The magnificent of majestic ‘deodar’ is at its best here. Khajjiar lake is associated with a legend, it is associated with Khajjinag, the deity that is enshrined in the temple here. Khajjiar is a beautiful sylvan glade about a mile in length and half a mile in breadth picturesquely set in the midst of forest. The glade is green in its turf and contains in its bosom a small lake heaving approximate area of 5000 sq. yards. There is a clump of reeds and grasses exaggeratedly called an island floating on this lake adding charm to the eye of the viewer.

Kailash View and Horse Riding :

On a clear day, you can see the Mountain Kailash from Khajjiar ground. Mount Kailash is believed to be the home of the principle deity of Himachal, the lord Shiva. You can also enjoy the horse riding here. Some local people are engaged in this business and you can ride the whole Khajjiar ground (from outside) for a nominal charge. The riding is very enjoyable, also the horses are well trained and do not scare you away.

Panch Pandav Tree :

On the right side is the photograph of one of the rest houses in Khajjiar. This one is special because the tree near the rest house is of a very different kind. It is called the “Panch Pandav” (Five Pandavs). Though the main root is the same but the base of the tree is divided into six parts, which make it one of the kind. It is also one of the main attractions when you begin to explore the Khajjiar ground on your feet. Near this rest house is the way leading to a small village and Khajjiar School. The locals believe that these six shoots represent five Pandvas and their common wife Dropadi. But trees with many shoots are a common occurrence in the Khajjiar forest. At a distance of one kilometetre from Khajjiar towards Dalhousie a big deodar trees exists having more than 13 soots of comparable height. This trees has popularly come to be known as ‘Mother Tree’ of the area.

Rest Houses at Khajjiar :

There are many rest houses situated just outside the Khajjiar ground and some of them were built during the British era. Look at the image on the right side – a very old rest house, the construction of the rest house is very interesting. Local people tell some interesting stories about the rest house ( something supernatural ). However it looks very beautiful in the farmost corner of the Khajjiar ground.

Khajjiar Villages :

Besides the view of the Lake in the middle of the ground, there is a lot more to explore. Outside the Khajjiar ground is thick deodar forest and amidst the forest, there are various small villages i.e. khajjiar village, rota village, ladi village etc. (mainly situated near the slopes) Villages are situated far from each other, but not too far from Khajjiar ground. There are many apple orchards in Khajjiar area. Look at the photograph on the right side – This is a small village named ladi and you can see many apple trees in the image and when the season comes, they are full of apples. On the right side is the photograph of Khajjiar village. The location of the village is striking. You can have the breathtaking view of the hills from here. No doubt, the whole Khajjiar area is a magical paradise.

When To Visit

April to October is the best time to visit Khajjiar. Although Khajjiar remains open for tourists throughout the year, it is better to visit this place during summers when you fed up with high temperatures of plain areas.

Getting There and Around

By Road –

Khajjiar is well connected from Chamba and Dalhousie from either side. One can enjoy a drive of 24 kilometers through the beautiful and green Khajjiar wildlife sanctuary on Dalhousie Khajjiar road. Another way is from Chamba, if you choose to reach Chamba via Jot.

By Air –

The nearest Airport is Gaggal (Kangra) 115 km.

By Train –

The nearest Railway station is at Pathankot/ Chakki Bank Railway Station 104 km.

Accomodation

Accomodation is not an problem in Khajjiar .You Can Find Various Types Of Accommodations At Khajjiar Starting From Budget To Luxurious Star Accommodations. Most of the budget hotels are located on Khajjiar-Chamba Road. HPTDC also operates hotels which offer budget accommodation.

Luxury hotels are also available. Apart from hotels, resorts are also available in Khajjiar offering mid-range accommodation. Almost all the hotels offer panoramic views of the snow-clad mountains.

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