The Shoolini Mata Temple is one of the prime attractions in Solan.
About The Temple
It is also believed that the town of Solon was named after Shoolini Mata, who is the presiding deity of the temple.
About the Deity
The Shoolini Mata Temple is dedicated to Shoolini Mata-an incarnation of Goddess Durga.
Legend and stories
As per legends, the temple was once the abode of Shoolini Mata.
The shrine attracts huge crowd during festival days, especially during the Shoolini fair. The temple looks beautiful in the night when it is completely illuminated and is crowded on holidays and festivals. Other highlights of the fair are activities like dancing, singing and wrestling .The fair attracts traders, sweet sellers, general merchants and shopkeepers from the neighbouring town.
Solan is located in the state of Himachal Pradesh and serves as a base to some amazing hill stations like Kasauli and Chail. It is connected to major cities by road and the Kalka-Shimla railway. The airport at Shimla too is connected to Solan by road.
The nearest airport is at Shimla at a distance of 55 km. Flights from Shimla operate to Delhi and Kullu. Taxis are easily available from Shimla airport to reach Solan. Delhi is the nearest international airport at a distance of 315 km.
Solan is well connected by the UNESCO world heritage railway – the Kalka-Shimla railway. Kalka in turn is a broad gauge that connects the city to other major cities such as Chandigarh, Shimla, Barog, Delhi, Dehradun, Amritsar, etc. From the railway station tourists can hire local taxis to reach the city. Buses are also available. Solan is approachable by road from Shimla and Chandigarh.
Regular bus services connect both the cities with Solan. Chandigarh is an hour’s drive from Kasauli while Delhi can be reached in five and a half hours.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Relief from diseases
- Purchase of vehicles
- Gain Knowledge
Yaa Devii Sarvabhuuteshhu Maatrirupena Sansthitah Yaa Devii Sarvabhuuteshhu Shaktirupena Sansthitah Yaa Devii Sarvabhuuteshhu Shaantirupena Sansthitah Namastasyaih Namastasyaih Namastasyaih Namo Namah
Meaning -Goddess Durga is omnipresent and a personification of the universal mother, who is omnipresent and who embodies power and energy. Oh great mother, who also embodies peace, I bow to you, mother, I bow to Durga and I bow to Shakti.
Ayi Giri Nandini Nandita Medini Vishva Vinodini Nandi Nute Giri Vara Vindhya Shiro Adhi Nivaasini Vissnnu Vilaasini Jissnnu Nute Bhagavati He Shiti Kannttha Kuttumbini Bhuri Kuttumbini Bhuri Krte Jaya Jaya He Mahissaasura Mardini Ramya Kapardini Shaila Sute
Meaning -I offer my salutations to the mountain's daughter, who fills the world with joy, who is praised by Nandi, who lives on Vindhya's summits, who gives joy to Her brother Lord Vishnu and who Lord Indra praises, Oh Goddess who is Lord Shiva's consort and who created abundance. The destroyer of the demon Mahishasura, the one with beautiful hair and the mountain's daughter, victory to you.
Madhu Kaittabha Vidhvamsi Vidhaatr Varade Namah Ruupam Dehi Jayam Dehi Yasho Dehi Dvisso Jahi
Meaning -Oh Devi Durga, we salute you for destroying Madhu and Kaitabha and granting Lord Brahma the boon of protection. Please bestow on me spiritual beauty, victory and glory and crush my inner enemies.
Mahissaasura Nirnaashi Bhaktaanaam Sukhade Namah Ruupam Dehi Jayam Dehi Yasho Dehi Dvisso Jahi
Meaning -We salute Goddess Durga who destroyed Mahishasura, the demon, who bestows a lot of happiness on Her devotees. Please bestow on me spiritual beauty, victory and glory and crush my inner enemies.