Bala Sundri Temple Trilokpur – Among Best Places to Visit in Sirmaur
Bala Sundri temple trilokpur is among the best places to visit in sirmaur. In fact Sirmaur hills are considered land of Goddesses. There are number of Shakti Temples and pilgrimage spots in this district. Of these two, Renuka Ji and Trilokpur Balasundari temple at Trilokpur are the most famous. Renuka is considered as the birth place and mother of Lord ParshuRam while Trilokpur is considered as home of Bhagvati Balasundari (the Goddess Durga as a child).
Trilokpur is visited lakhs of devotees during Chaitra and Sharad Navratras. It is also known for its Navratra fair which is quite famous and lasts for two weeks every year in the month of March. The 400 hundred year old famous Bhagvati Balasundari temple is the main attraction for worshippers during Navratra. It is a famous pilgrimage centre and more than 10 lakh devotees visit the village of Trilokpur during the fair.
Balasundri Temple Trilokpur
According to the history of Sirmour, the ‘Pindi’ of goddess Balasundri appeared in a bagof salt brought by a trader of the village Ram Das from Deoband in Uttaranchal. To the trader’s surprise, the quantity of the salt in the bag remained undiminished inspite of its continous sale. Thereafter the goddess appeared to his dreams and exhorted him to setup a temple dedicated to her at the place.
Short of resources, Ram Das approached the ruler, Maharaja Pradeep Prakash and explained the situation to him. The King summoned artisans from Jaipur and a beautiful marble temple dedicated to goddess Tripur Balasundri came up by 1573. After the temple was completed, the worship of goddess Balasundri became a tradition in the royal family. The temple was renovated by Maharaja Fateh Prakash in 1823and by Maharaja Raghuveer Prakash in 1851.
The temple is an example of exquisite workmanship and is an amalgam of Indian and Persian styles of architecture. Even today the ‘pindi’ which was been placed in the temple, is woreshiped as Bhagvati Balasundri. Right from the temple inception , the descendants of Ram Das have been performing puja there.
As the name Trilokpur implies, there is a triangle of three shakti temples in the area, each depicting a different face of goddess Durga. Another Shakti temple, dedicated to Lalita Devi, is situated on the hillock located at a distance of 3 km in front of the main temple of Bhagvati Balasundri. The third temple – that of tripur Bhairvi- is situated 13 km North West of the Balasundri temple.
April 7, 2014 / Himani Sharma / 0