Champavati Temple, located in the heart of the city of Chamba, is a pilgrim destination for many Hindus. It is named after Champavati, the daughter of King Sahil Varman, the founder of the temple. The temple holds great historical and religious relevance for many Hindus. Champavati Temple enshrines an idol of Goddess Mahisasuramardini, the avatar of Goddess Durga. According to the legend, the daughter of King Sahil Varman Champavati was a religious person and used to visit temples and sadhus ashrams regularly.
The king, after getting suspicious of her actions, once followed her to
a sadhus place, with a dagger in his cloak. Once he reached the
ashram, he found that there was no one inside. To his surprise, both the
sadhu and his daughter Champavati had vanished. When he was about to
return, he heard a voice saying that his daughter had been taken away as
a punishment of his suspicion. The voice also asked him to build a
temple, on the name of his daughter Champavati, if he wanted to avoid
further familial calamities.
The king ordered the construction of the Champavati Temple. Now, the
temple is under the Archeological Survey of India, for its historical
and archeological importance. The major attraction of the temple
comprises of its Shikhara style architecture. Stone carved walls, full
with sculptures, make the temple an attractive tourist spot. The temple
has a large wheel on the rooftop, which adores it and makes it a
distinguished temple in North India. The Champavati Temple is often
compared with Laxmi Narayan Temple, in its grandeur.