Chamunda Devi temple is one of the earliest temples of India built in 16th century. The temple is located at a distance of 10Km from Palampur, on the banks of Baner River. The temple is dedicated to Chamunda Devi, who is a form of Durga / Shakti. Chamunda Devi Mandir is believed to be the abode of ‘Shiva and Shakti’. Due to this reason, it is also known as ‘Chamunda Nandikeshwar Dham’.
Around 400 years ago the king and a Brahmin priest prayed to Devi for permission to move the temple to some easily accessible location. Devi appeared to the priest in a dream giving her consent. She directed him to dig in a certain spot and an ancient idol would be found and that idol should be installed in the temple and worshipped as Her form.
The legend of the temple is related with two demons Chanda and Munda of Shumbh Nishumbh, the notorious demon king. There was a fierce battle between the Devi Chandika and the demons. Finally the Goddess killed both of them and presented their head to Devi Kaushiki who inturn gave blessings to the Devi Chandika that you had killed the demons Chanda and Munda so you will be worshipped as Devi Chandika in this world.
Chamunda Devi Temple is a famous Hindu shrine and is visited throughout the year. Each day, it welcomes numerous devotees.