Chandi Mandir (Hindi, Mandir: “Sanctuary”) is a Hindu sanctuary close to Chandigarh, India, devoted to Chandi, the goddess of intensity. It is around 15 km from the city of Chandigarh, which was named after the sanctuary, and around 10 km away from the Mansa Devi Shrine. The sanctuary is arranged in the midst of delightful environmental factors and the background of the Shivalik slopes.
During the celebration of Navratras, a great many individuals visit this sanctuary. The sanctuary has sculptures of different Hindu divinities including Chandi, Radha Krishna, Hanuman, Shiva and Ram.
In the Chandi Mandir territory is the Western Command of the Indian armed force.
Chandika is a symbol of Durga. The three chief types of Durga revered are Mahagauri, Chandika and Aparajita. Of these, Chandika has two structures called Chandi and Chamunda who is made by the goddess Kaushiki for slaughtering evil spirits Chanda and Munda.
She is known as the incomparable goddess Mahishasuramardini or Durga who killed the devil Mahishasura. She has been associated with and furthermore considered as Katyayini, Kaushiki or Ambika who slaughtered Shumbha, Nishumbha and their kindred evil presences. “The incomparable Goddess was conceived from the energies of the male divinities when the devas got feeble in the arduous fight with the asuras. All the energies of the Gods became joined together and became supernova, tossing out flares every which way. At that point that remarkable light, overrunning the Three Worlds with its shine, joined into one, and turned into a female structure.”
“Parvati extended a staggering transcendence. The three-peered toward goddess was embellished with the bow moon. Her different arms held propitious weapons and insignias, gems and trimmings, pieces of clothing and utensils, wreaths and rosaries of dabs, all offered by the divine beings. With her brilliant body bursting with the magnificence of 1,000 suns, situated on her lion vehicle, Chandi is quite possibly the most astounding of all exemplifications of Cosmic energy.”
In different sacred texts, Chandi is depicted as “helping” Kali in her fight with evil spirit Raktabija. While Kali drank Raktabija’s blood, which made new devils from his own blood on falling on the ground; Chandi would pulverize the armed forces of evil presences made from his blood lastly murdered Raktabija herself. In Skanda Purana, this story is retold and another account of Mahakali (Parvati) executing evil spirits Chanda and Munda is added.