Khajji Nag Temple | Khajjiar | Chamba

Photo of Khajji Nag Temple | Khajjiar | Chamba 1/1 by Neeraj Dhiman

Khajjiar is well-known for the Kajji Naga Temple, which is close to the famous Khajjiar Lake. The temple is known as the ‘Golden Devi’ temple because it has a golden dome and spire. It dates back to the 12th century AD shrine dedicated to Naga- the lord of serpents, and there are numerous snake idols at this location. This temple’s architecture is a perfect blend of Mughal and Hindu styles, as evidenced by the wooden carvings on the ceilings and wooden posts.

It has carvings of the Kauravas, who were used as a hideaway by the Pandavas. The dome-shaped temple is made of slates quarried locally and adjoins Shiva and Hadimba shrines. The Khajji Nag Temple is built in Pahari style, and the images of the five Pandavas- Yudhishtra, Bhim, Arjun, Nakul, and Sahdev- are beautifully made of the wood strand in the shrine’s Mandapam. The ancient practice of goat sacrifice is still practised at this temple.