10 Famous Hill Top Temples of Goddess Durga

JAI MATA DI – Navratri, The nine divine night’s of festival, dedicated in the honor of Goddess Durga. The biggest annual festival is celebrated at every temple of Maa Durga across the country. There are innumerable temples throughout India, dedicated to Maa Durga.

Some of the most famous Durga temples are Vaishno Devi, Chandi mandir Chandigarh, Kamakhya Temple, Dakshineswar Kali, Ambaji Mata temple and Edakkunni Sri Durga Bhagavathy Temple. There are 51 Shakti Peeth of goddess Shakti or Parvati, located throughout India and neighbor countries. Major Hill top temples of Maa Durga, the holy deity are as follows, some of them installed rope way travel system. जय माता दी!

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Vaishno Devi Temple


The world famous and most religious pilgrimage destination in India, Vaishno Devi Mandir is located at the height of 5300 ft on in the trikuta hills of state Jammu and Kashmir. The holy shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi is located inside a cave in a hill,  It is one of the most sacred Hindu pilgrimage site, Approximately 8 million yatris visit the temple every year.

There is another famous hill temple known as Mata Balaji Sundri Temple in kathua, Jammu and Kashmir.

Sharda Mata Temple


Maihar wali Mata Temple is situated on a trikuta hill of maihar in the state called heart of India. The sacred and holy temple is one of the 51 Shakti Peeth of goddess Parvati,where the necklace of Sati fell. The temple is well known for the 1063 steps to the top, Millions of devotees throng the temple all round the year.

Other most famous Durga temples in Madhya Pradesh are Ratangarh Wali Mata, Tulja Bhavani Devas and Salkanpur.

Tara Devi Temple


The Tara Devi Temple is situated at the top of a hill called the Tara Devi Mountain in Simla, Himachal Pradesh. It is one of the famous temple and most popular tourist attraction of the city,surrounded by lush green devdar trees, green forests and green meadow. The temple was built approximately 250 years ago, Every year thousands of pilgrims visit Tara Devi temple.

Himachal Pradesh also has two other most popular Hindu temples Chamunda Devi Temple and Jawala Ji temple.

Kanaka Durga Temple


The famous Hindu temple of Goddess Kanaka Durga located at Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh. The Kanaka Durga Templeis dedicated to Goddess Kanak Durgeshwari, situated on a hill top of Indrakiladri mountain on the banks of river Krishna. It is one of the most important and second largest temple in Andhra Pradesh.

Other temples are Tirupati Balaji Temple and Bhadrakali Temple.

Chamundeshwari Temple


The Chamundeshwari Temple is situated on the heights of Chamundi Hills at Mysore in the state of Karnataka. The Chamundedshwari Temple is considered to be a very religious temple having large silver gates and golden idols. Chamundi Hills is one of the best tourist attractions in Mysore.

Other religious tourist attractions are Devarayanadurga, Hidimbeshwara Temple and Ekanatha Temple.

Mansa Devi Temple


Mansa Devi is one of the most visited and most popular temple, dedicated to goddess Mansa in the holy city of Haridwar, in the Uttarakhand state. The temple is located at top of Bilwa Parvat on the Sivalik Hills, a mountain chain of the Himalayas.

The Shakti Peeth is one of the famous siddh peethas along with other two Peethas are Chandi Devi Temple and Maya Devi Temple located in Haridwar.

Adhar Devi Temple

Adhar Devi Temple

The Adhar Devi Temple is one of the popular religious destinations, Located in the Mount Abu region of Royal state Rajasthan. The temple is situated in a cave  with picturesque views of the surrounding mountains and forests.

The Adhar Devi Temple is dedicated to the Goddess Durga, another world famous temple in Rajasthan is Karni Mata Temple.

Bamleshwari Devi Temple


Maa Bamleshwari Temple is situated on a hilltop which is 1,600 ft high at Dongargarh in the state of Chhattisgarh. Dongargarh is one of the major tourist attraction as well as the main pilgrimage of the district and the prominent places of worship. The goddess Maa Bamleshwari temple refferd as Badi Bamleshwari, Another temple at ground level is situated about 1/2 km from the main temple is referred as Chhoti Bamleshwar.

The tribal state also host one of the most famous temple called Danteshwari Temple.

Saptashrungi Devi Temple


The Saptashrungi Devi temple is located at Vani near Nashik in Maharashtra. This temple is also one among the 51 Shakti peethas located on the Indian subcontinent. The image of the Devi is huge-about 10 feet tall with 18 hands, holding various weapons, A large number of devotees visit every year.

Renuka/Anusuya Devi Temple, Ekvira Devi and Tulja Bhavani Temple are few famous temples of Goddess Durga in Maharashtra.

Tara Tarini Temple


The Shakti peeth is situated on the holy taratarini hill in the tribal state, Orissa. The Taratarini Temple is one of the most ancient shakti shrines of India, dedicated to the twin Goddesses Tara and Tarini worshiped as manifestations of Adi Shakti.

The taratarini hill Shrine is one of the oldest pilgrimage centers of Mother Goddess and is one amongst the four major ancient Shakti Peethas in India.


The above picture of Maa Durga is made for shooting. Follow the link for other most popular Durga Temples of India Top 12 most popular durga temples in India.


  • admin says:

    JAI MATA DI : Happy Navaratri

    • R P Tripathy says:

      You have done a good job by bringing these10 Famous Hill Top Temples of Goddess Durga (Shakti) to the fore.
      Tara Tarini Sthana Peeth (Breast Shrine) is situated on the holy Taratarini hill (Purnagiri) at a distance of 30 km from Berhampur city in the state of Orissa, India. The Twin Goddesses Tara and Tarini are worshiped as manifestations of Adi Shakti. The Taratarini Hill Shrine is one of the oldest pilgrimage centers of Mother Goddess and is one amongst the four major ancient Shakti Peethas in India. The mythological texts recognize four major Shakti Peethas, i.e. Tara Tarini (Stana Khanda) (Breast Shrine) near Berhampur, Bimala (Pada Khanda) inside the [[Jagannath Temple (Puri), Kamakshi (Yoni khanda) near Guwahati, Assam and Dakhina Kalika (Mukha khanda) in Kolkata, West Bengal among the four Adi Shakti Peeths. Apart from these, there are 52 other sacred Shakti Peethas, which originated from the limbs of the corpse of Mata Sati in the Satya Yuga.

      The great religious texts including the Shiva Purana, the Kalika Purana, the Devi Bhagabat and the AstaShakti recognize four major Shakti Peethas (centers). The Astashakti and Kalika Purana clearly says (IN SANSKRIT):

      Bimala Pada khandancha,
      Sthana khandancha Tarini (Tara Tarini),
      Kamakshya Yoni khandancha,
      Mukha khandancha Kalika (Dakshina Kalika)
      Anga pratyanga sanghena
      Vishnu Chakra Kshyta nacha……………

      • admin says:

        Hello RP Tripathy,
        I am Glad you like my post, I have updated the things as well. Thank you for your knowledgeable and very informational comment.

        • RP Tripatnhy says:

          Dear Editor,
          Thanks for your quick response. So, far as the Tara Tarini Hill Shrine is concerned you have actually given the photo of the welcome gate of the Shrine which is around 4km away from the Hill Shrine. Why not you are attaching a photo of the ‘Maa’ or famous hill top temple. These photos are plently available in the net. If required even I can send some of the best photos of the Hill Shrine available.

  • Ranjit says:

    There is a photo of a huge Goddess Durga idol with the lion behind her on a platform with pillars all around and situated near a waterfall. Which is this temple? where is it situated?

  • Arun Kochhar says:

    why Ma Durga temples in India are on hill tops any reasons

    • Kamal says:

      Sir I Don’t know the accurate answer of your question, but we can’t call all the temples of mother goddesses as Durga Temples. I believe we can divide the temples of mother goddesses in two broad divisions. that are 1. Shakti temples and 2. Durga temples . Shakti temples are originated from the corpse of Mata Sati in Satya yuga. As per Puranas, there are 4 Adi Shakti Piths, 18 Maha Shakti Piths and 51 Shakti Piths present in various parts of India and even out side India. where as Durga temples are representing Goddesses Parvati.

      • Kamal says:

        Except these Adi Shakti, Maha Shakti and Shakti piths all other temples are Durga Temples. It is believed that the Shakti Piths originated during the Vedic period so they are Vedic goddesses, representing the Adi Shakti and having a history of thousands of years old but all other goddesses temples are the creation of post-Puranic period and represents Parvati the second spouse of Lord Siva.

    • because Aai Bhawani is referred to as Daughter of the Mountain in some scriptures (like in Mahishasura Mardini Strotam: “Jaya Jaya hey Mahishasura mardini, Ramya kapardini, shaila Suthe” )

  • Kamal says:

    You have covered all the important hill temples and destinations of Mother goddesses. All these above destinations are ancient places of worship. But I think you left one important place of ‘Maa kamakhya temple’, Guwahati, Assam. You please add this place as the 11th destination in your portal.

  • Malaya says:

    jai maa durga.Thanks for covering all the shkti pith of maa sati.

  • vaibhav says:

    u forgot to count mata chandrabadani temple, in the very heart of garhwal 🙂

  • Ramesh Kumar USA says:

    You did A good job. Many many thanks.

  • Lakshmi Narasimharao Madiraju says:

    Admin Sir,
    The information given by you is very valuable and useful to devotees.
    Thanks a lot

    M L Narasimharao

  • SK says:


  • p says:

    jai durga maa

  • Manish Kumar says:

    For best deal mata Vaishno Devi Tour Packages. pl visit http://vaishnodeviyatra.org

  • Shubham Thakur says:

    This Is a temple or just was set for film like that ?? if this is temple than tell me the name of it ..?? i like it a lot

  • tulasidas says:

    durga and mahalaxmi are to faces of the coin.if we pray her heartly just take her name and respect womens.you will get results very fast

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