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The Shikara style of Hatkoti Temple

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The Shikhara style represents ancient structures that is conical or narrow at the top and have a wide base at the bottom.

"Hatkoti Temple" is located at Jubbal (Hatkoti), 100 K.M. from Shimla the capital of the Himachal Pradesh. Motorable on Shimla-Rohru highway. Famous for ancient temple of Mata Hateswari in the midst of paddy fields on the right bank of the Pabber river. Temple is located in village Hatkoti of tehsil Jubbal distt Shimla of Himachal Pradesh. .

Hatkoti Mata is regarded as the most powerful goddess among all the goddesses of northern India by the residents of Hatkoti. As we know Himachal Pradesh is a state of god and goddesses. Hartkoti is one of them. Himachal Pradesh is known as a valley of temples. There is no written proof about the history of the temple but as we enter the premises of the temple the history diverts our minds towards itself, as there are a number of historic monuments in the temple which makes us remember about the Mabharata period. There are five stone "Deols" present in the temple premises which makes us remember about the five pandavas. These "Deols" are decreasing in size, first one being the largest in size and then the decreasing ones. In the building it's a beautiful "Lord Shiva" temple having a large and beautiful shrine inside it, others idols present in the temple are also a proof a great architecture skills. The interior walls and roof of the temple have also been designed using great architecturing skills. The people of Hatkoti believe that the temple was established by Guru Adi Shankracharya. Some people also believe that the temple was built somewhere in the Third era. Three Gupta Age's Rock Edicts (in scripted stones) have been found at three different places of this ancient and historic place.

The fifth kandh of Bhagvat gita describes about Mata Hateshwari as:- Hateswari is known as the Shakti of Hateshwar and hence this place is known as Hateswari, one of the main residences of Shiva and Shakti.

Source: Himachal Tourism

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