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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
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CHAMBA

Besides the very popular Devi temple of Lakshana Devi al Brahmaur the temples of Shakti Devi at Chittari, Chamunda Devi at Chamba and Devi Kothi, Minghal Devi at Pangi and Mirkula Devi at Lahul along with another number of lesser known Devi temples have satisfied the faith of the people in Devi worship. One particular feature of Devi worship in many of the districts of Himachal Pradesh is also noticed in this district. Usually the priest known as the pujari or chela is said to be possessed occasionally by the deity which is signified by an abnormal behavior in the priest by shivers, random talks and at times using a strange lingo.

For all this he is commonly known as the chela and during this period of abnormality he is supposed to be the go-between' of the deity and the devotee. The chela in this trance prescribes medicines, gives directives for action etc. The chelas are not always restricted to Brahmin or Rathi somewhat parallel to a Rajput caste but may also be a low caste men.There are some popular legends about some of this Devis. A landlord found one of his milching cows coming back drawn dry.

He suspected the cowherd of milking the cow while grazing in the forest. Hefollowed the cowherd from a distance and found that the cow was standing still at aparticular spot under a tree and milk coming out from her udders. He saw the cow doing this on several successive days.The man had a dream that the goddess wanted to be taken out from the spot and duly installed in a temple. He dug out the place and found an image.While taking that image home he was made a halt involuntarily at a certain spot. He raised a temple and the deity of Chittari stands there.

 

 

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