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Temples & Legends of Himachal Pradesh
Index Of Himachal Pradesh Author
Introduction Background
Kulu - Manali Shyama Kali Temple
Manali Mandi
The Ardhanari Temple, Mandi Buddha Temple
Bijli Mahadev Idol Worship
Hidimba Banasur
Basishta Chamba
Kangra Area Manikaran
Bajreshwari Devi Chintpurni Devi Temple
Baijnath Temple Baglamukhi Deity And Her Temple
Chamunda Nandikeshwar Bilasur
Kinnaur Lahul   And Spiti
Wall Paintings Sirmur
Nath Temple  
Major Sections
Temples & Legends Of India
Andhrapradesh
Maharastra
Kerala
Himachal Pradesh
Tamilnadu

Bengal

Assam
Bihar
Somanatha

CHAMBA

The district as a princely State was under the rule of progressive and staunch Hindu Rajas and a large number of temples owe their origin to the princes.One of them, Raja Sahil Varman in the tenth century was particularly noted for his religious zeal and was apparently a staunch believer inVishnu cult. Most of the Vishnu temples are concentrated in Chamba town andLakshmi Narayan temple is the most important one. The temple of Nar Singh at Brahmaur, Thakur Murli Manoharji at Raj Nagar and of Nar Singh at Bartgal in pargana Bhalai is some of the other important Vishnu temples.

The cult of Siva is more ancient and has a wider sphere of influence. This is natural because the Himalayan range, her many peaks, the Kailash mountain, lakes etc,. are taken to be the traditional home of Lord Siva.King Meru Varman in theseventh century A.D. is said to have built a number of Siva temples. A mountain peak Mani Mahesh Kailash and a small lake called "Dal" are supposed to be the permanent abode of Lord Siva and the whole pargana of Brahmaur where they are located is known as Siva Bhumi. The principal Siva temples are those of Chander Gupt, Trimukha andGaurishanker,the Mani Mahesh temple and the Ganesh temple at Brahmaur.

Whenever a new house is constructed some religious rites and homage to Lord Siva are done. This is known as Niwala, which is a corruption of Nav-Alay or consecration of newly built house. Niwala ceremony has been extended to other domestic events like births, marriages etc. Naturally because of Lord Siva his consort Durga or Parvati or Uma has also a very popular place. She is more popularly known as the Devi and faith in Devi and Devi worship is a part of the domestic life throughout the district whether there are Devi temples or not in the neighborhood.

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