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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  
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Temples & Legends Of India
Andhrapradesh
Maharastra
Kerala
Himachal Pradesh
Tamilnadu

Bengal

Assam
Bihar
Somanatha

CHAMBA

The wooden pillars, with their pot-and- foliage capitals, supporting elaborately carved bracket-capitals in which couchant bulls and other animals have been introduced, deserve special notice. The corresponding lintel shows thirteen sitting figures, most of them four-armed and, as the tenth from the left, a big head in profile, with matted hair and well - executed ear- rings. This permits the group to be identified as the navagraha, including Rahu the dragon demon causing the eclipse of the moon, and, on the right, the four lakapalas, the guardian deities of the four cardinal points, The innermost frame, finally, is decorated with highly stylized scrollwork sprouting from long drawn creeper spirals growing out of the mouths of two sitting yakshas at the bottom.

The idol of Shakti Devi in the sanctum is a fine brass statue, with its socle four feet, six inches high. This copper socle is much lower than that of Lakshana, as the goddess stands on a big lotus, with reverted over-ripe petals, such as is a very common convention in Nepalese and Tibetan art. She has a very slim, elegant body covered only with a transparent skirt falling down to the ankles and forming some folds between the legs, held by a rich belt (mekhala) with a kind of girdle and strings of pearls of the same type as that worn by Lakshana Devi.

Also the scarf hanging over her shoulders, her necklace, armlets, bracelets and ear- rings are of the same sort. But besides these, a long string of pearls hangs down from her neck between the heavy breasts to her thighs. And on her head she wears a high diadem, consisting of a golden circle decorated with two jewelled flowers above each ear, from which bands flow down, and a pile of five jewels above the fore head from which plummets emerge to the right, left and top. In her two right hands Shakti Devi holds a lance (sakti-a lance, but also power, energy) and a lotus (life), in her left hand a bell (aether, space) and a snake (death and time).

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