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Bhimakala Temple, Sarahan
Bhimakala Temple, Sarahan
Sarahan is located in Himachal Pradesh
Location in Himachal Pradesh, India
Coordinates: 31°31′N 77°48′E / 31.52°N 77.80°E / 31.52; 77.80Coordinates: 31°31′N 77°48′E / 31.52°N 77.80°E / 31.52; 77.80
Country  India
State Himachal Pradesh
District Shimla
Elevation 2,313 m (7,589 ft)
 • Official Hindi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Band at Bimakali Temple
Possible Kushan image in Bhimakali temple
Silver Gate Sarahan in 2010
Bhimakali temple
Entrance to temple at Sarahan
Unique blend of architecture
View from Bhimakali Temple.
Temple (not sure)

Sarahan is small town in Himachal Pradesh of India. It is the site of famous Bhimakali temple(Bhīmā Kālī), dedicated to the mother goddess Bhimakali, presiding deity of the rulers of the former Bushahr State. The temple is situated about 180 kilometers from Shimla and is one of 51 Shakti Peethas. The town is known as the gateway of Kinnaur.[1] Seven kilometers below Sarahan is the river Satluj. Sarahan is identified with the Sonitpur mentioned in Puranas.[2]

The Bhimakali Temple is noteworthy in that it contains both Hindu and Vajrayāna Buddhist statues and decorations which reflect the trade through here between India and Tibetan regions. It also shows Kushan influence in its architecture and possibly some of the images in it are Kushan (c. 1st to 3rd centuries CE).[3]


Sarahan is located at 31°31′N 77°48′E / 31.52°N 77.80°E / 31.52; 77.80.[4] It has an average elevation of 2,313 metres (7,589 feet).


Sarahan is 564 kilometers from New Delhi and 174 kilometers from Shimla. The best way to go to Sarahan is to travel by train to Kalka or by air to Chandigarh and then travel by road to Sarahan. Taxis and jeeps can be hired to reach to Sarahan. Bus services are also available from Shimla. It takes approximately 6 hours by road to reach Sarahan from Shimla.

Notable persons from this town[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Sarahan Tourism info page from official website of Himachal Pradesh State Government of India
  2. ^ Prem N. Nag, Dainik Jagran, 26 August 2007
  3. ^ Buddhist Monasteries in Himachal Pradesh. O. C. Handa. 1987. Indus Publishing Company, New Delhi, pp. 55,59.
  4. ^ Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Sarahan