Champavati Temple, Chamba

     State : Himachal Pradesh

     City : Chamba
Champavati Temple

Champavati Temple, located in the city of Chamba, is a pilgrim destination. Named after Champavati, the daughter of King Sahil Varman. Champavati Temple enshrines an idol of Goddess Mahisasuramardini, the avatar of Goddess Durga. According to the legend, the daughter of King Sahil Varman Champavati was a religious person and used to visit temples and sadhu's ashrams regularly. The temple holds great historical and religious relevance for many Hindus.

The king, after getting suspicious of her actions, once followed her to a sadhu's place, with a dagger in his cloak. Once he reached the ashram, he found that there was no one inside. To his surprise, both the sadhu and his daughter Champavati had vanished. When he was about to return, he heard a voice saying that his daughter had been taken away as a punishment of his suspicion. The voice also asked him to build a temple, on the name of his daughter Champavati, if he wanted to avoid further familial calamities.