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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

There follows another richly carved, round moulding and a frieze decorated with a winding creeper. The inner jambs, likewise ending in late Kashmiri capitals, aredivided by flower-scrolls into four medallions, each framing the figure of a dancing apsara. Finally a frieze of scroll-work frames the door of the sanctuary proper.The lintel, capped by the ornamented mouldings next to the extreme door-jambs, connects the highest niches and capitals of the middle set of jambs. It consists of five miniature chapels separated by a screen of short pillars dissolving into plaitwork ornaments (or interlaced snakes?).

Each chapel consists of an image niche enclosed by a depressed arch resting on two slim fluted columns, while on the crown of the arch a kalasa ending in a high pinnacle stands; this niche again iscovered by a towering gable, either of the Kashmiri type; i.e. two superposed cappedtriangles, with a bird in each of the lateral corners, and an amalaka on top; or of a more archaic type, a central ogival vault resting on two short pillars, and two lateral half- vaults, i.e. the front of an early Buddhist chaitya-hall.

In the niches five deities are seated, cross-legged (from left to right): (1) a crowned four-armed god on a lion, holding a staff and rosary, vessel, and hand in abhayamudra; (2) a similar deity, but with attributes inverted; (3) a crowned four- armed god sitting on garuda, holding arrow and trident, vessel and battle-axe(4) a figure without crown, big head, protruding eyes and grinning mouth, sitting on a lion holding staff and sword, trident and shield possibly Rahu (5) a crowned, two-armed god sitting on a prostrate yaksha, one hand holding a staff, the other in tarjani- mudra (threatening). The chapel gables project from a frieze of hansas (geese) carrying a long pearl string in their beaks; this frieze is continued over the capitals of the middle jambs.

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