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Hindu Books > Temples And Legends of India > Temples And Legends of Himachal Pradesh > Idolworship

Temples And Legends of Himachal Pradesh Introduction

According to legend Maharishi Jamdagni after his return from his pilgrimage at Kailash, to Kulu had repaired to village Malana. He had his hermitage at Malana. On his return Maharishi Jamdagni carried on his head a basket full of eighteen images of different gods. When he was crossing the high Chanderkhani mountain there was a fierce storm and the basket with the idols was thrown off and scattered to distant places.

The images made themselves into gods. Each image was covered with a basket, called Kardu, Kardee, Karandee or Kande in Kulu dialect. Till this time the gods did not take any shape. The legend is that when people started worshipping the idols, they started idolworship. Kulu valley was the originator of idol-worship.

Author: P.C.Roy Choudary

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