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Temples & Legends of Himachal Pradesh
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Manali Mandi
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Bajreshwari Devi Chintpurni Devi Temple
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CHAMBA

Regarding the structural and some other details of some of the temples at Chamba we quote from the District Gazetteer of Chamba (1963) based on the researches of number of historians and scholars like Vogel, Hutchison, Hermann Goetz, B. C. Chabra and others** --

"The chief temple of Chamba, that of Lakshmi Narayan, with its image of white marble, was founded about the time of the introduction of Vishnuism in the hills, but it is impossible to decide how far thepresent building represents the original shrine. We know at least of one restoration by Raja Partap Singh.Two copper-plateinscriptions issued by this ruler, in A. D. 1582, mention that the temple was consecrated, whence we may infer that the restoration amounted to a complete renovation of the building.

One plate mentions also theChandragupta temple, which belongs to the same group. It is a linga shrine, likewise ascribed to Sahila, the founder of Chamba. Between these two temples there is a modern temple dedicated to Radha Krishna by Sadha, the rani of Raja Jit Singh.According to an inscription in the vernacular, it was consecrated in the Vikrama year 1882, i.e., A. D. 1825.

The three remaining temples of this group are the temples of Gauri Shankar contain- ing a well-modeled brass-image of Shiva and his spouse, the Trimukh linga temple, and the temple of Lakshmi Damodar.Thus, three out of these six temples are dedi- cated to Vishnu and three to Shiva.There is two moreVishnu a temple of theshikhara type in Chamba town. Earlier in date is that of Hari Rai, profusely decorated with carvings. Its foundation by Salakara Varman is  mentioned in a copper plate inscription of the eleventh century.


**. District Gazetteer of Chamba (1963).

*1. The Early Wooden Temples of Chamba by Hermann Goetz

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