Haripurdhar is a small town in Sirmour District of Himachal Pradesh in India. This place derives its name from a mountain called Haripur Dhar. Haripurdhar is one of the less frequented destinations in the area. Luscious cotton clouds will welcome you to this simple town enveloped by lush green beauty. The town is perched on a high ridge watching over a deep valley. There are many places of natural beauty and religious importance in the surrounding region of Haripurdhar.
Haripurdhar was earlier known as ‘Dungbhangayani’. Formerly, this was the summer capital of the Sirmour. Situated on a crest of Haripur hill like a silent sentinel, there is a fort named “KILLA” that was built on this mountain range by the rulers of incipient Sirmour State. It was mainly meant to guard the state outskirts with the neighboring Jubbal State as there were regular boundary disputes between the two states and there was unusual push into each others territory. It has fallen into abandonment and the part which is still livable is used by the Forest Department as forester’s headquarters.
Maa Bhangayani Temple Haripurdhar
Maa Bhangayni Temple is located at the foothills of lesser Himalayas or Shivalik ranges at Haripurdhar. Haripurdhar makes a compact border with Sirmour district of Himachal Pradesh and is one of the legacies of “lands of gods”. The temple lies at an altitude of 8000 feet above sea level.
God sister of Shirgul Mahadev, Maa bhangayni is said to be the most powerful deity worshipped in Sirmour, Himachal Pradesh. This temple has a history that connects Maa Bhangayni to Chureshwar Mahadev (Churdhar). A person visiting Maa Bhangayani Temple in Haripurdhar can get a clear and open view of Chureshwar Temple from here.
As per the legends,Shirgul Mahadev was imprisoned by a Mughal King of that time. Because Mughal King was frightened by Shirgul Mahadev’s spiritual powers. The King of Bagad, Guga peer helped him to gain freedom with the blessings of Mata Bhangyani. This incident has been enlisted in golden chapters and since then Maa Bhangyani has been celebrated as god sister of Shirgul Mahadev.