famous for the popular Khajji Naga shrine dedicated to the
serpent god from which the name is believed to have been
derived. The temple dates back to the 10th century and is
interspaced with different patterns and images on the
ceiling and wooden posts. A curious blend of Hindu and
Mughal styles of architecture is reflected in the wooden
carvings on the ceilings and wooden posts. The image
carvings are said to represent the Kauravas who were tied
up here in the hideout by the Pandavas. The temple
consists of a spacious congregation hall sufficiently
enclosed by wooden supports. The dome-shaped shrine is
made of slates locally extracted from limestone quarries.
Adjoining are other shrines of Shiva and Hadimba goddess
also. The age-old tradition of sacrificing a goat is still
practiced outside the temple premises
While traveling to Khajjiar from Dalhousie, one is tempted
to halt at Kalatop, famous for its wildlife sanctuary.
Here, one can watch the different species of wildlife
amidst their natural habitat. However, it is sad that
there is no proper racecourse, which has resulted in soil
The Lake: Set in the rolling green turf is a small
lake. The earth is 'spongy' due to dense growth of weed
called 'vacha' over which dust has formed a thick layer of
Golden Devi Temple: Adding to the charms of
Khajjiar, which also hugs a golden-domed Devi temple, is a
golf course set in the midst of the idyllic surroundings.
The golden spire of the Devi's abode beckons one to the
fringe of the lake.
Khajji Nag Temple: A little away from the lake is the
temple of Khajji Nag belonging to 12th century A.D. In the
mandapa of the temple one can see the images of the
Pandavas and the defeated Kaurvas hanging from the roof of
the circumambulatory path. The sanctum of the temple has
been beautifully carved from wood.