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Maa HatkotiPilgrimage is an evergreen from of travel in India having some world’s best divine spots. For thousands of years, the spiritual minded people have embarked on journey to Hatkoti to become closer to God.  Hatkoti is situated in far-flung areas, away from the hustle and bustle of human life, and creates an extraordinary serene environment by nature. The holy pilgrimage place Hatkoti is located exactly at 105 kms east of Shimla on the bank of river Pabar. This mysterious valley of stone temples Hatkoti is wrapped by two mountain streams as Bishkulti and Raanvti. The majestic confluence of three water streams makes Hatkoti a perfect place for Hindu pilgrimages.

Hatkoti is not a single temple in separation; it’s a combination of a large number of small temples. The main temple of Hatkoti is festooned with the idol of Goddess Durga and Lord Shiva in the near by small temple. The Dharmashala, a Kirtan Ghar and a rest house also built up within the Mandir complex. All these temple are the brilliant example of fine art and architecture. Once the regions economic activity is largely based on the long and interesting structure of Hatkoti temples. Hatkoti temples belong to the Gupta period i.e. the construction was done in between sixth and ninth century AD. The devotees can also reach the Hatkoti temples by driving through Shimla-Theog-Kotkhai-Kharapathar-Hatkoti-Rohru route. Himachal Pradesh itself compiled though with the temples that has a special admiration to Hatkoti, the abode of Goddess Mahishasurmardini.

HatKoti TempleEight-armed Mata Hateshwari; riding on lion and drives her spear through the heart of the demon Mahishasura depicts the popular history of goddess Mahishasurmardini. The idol exquisitely cast in bronze, emits a soft ethereal glow is the charming feature of the temple Garbhagriha or the sanctum sanctorum. The Shiva Temple, a significant spot of Hatkoti and the existing Shiva Lingam is larger than the doorway. Panzo Pandoora Ghaurdoo is a temple made by Pandavs is placed near the Sunpuri hills. Near the Mahishasurmardini temple there exists Charoo, which securely chained to an image of Ganesha. In the enroute to Hatkoti to Shimla, Khara Patther an upcoming skiing spot is able to attract a huge number of tourists. It is a mostly visited pilgrimage mood as Giri Ganga locates a few Kms far from Khara Patther. The architecture and design of Hatkoti Temple was formerly in the classical Shikhara or tower style and thus successful in grabbing a large array of pilgrims and visitors through out the year.

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