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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

For our purposes only a mention to the wall paintings etc., as decorations on temples or other places is necessary as mostly the themes are old religious stories, mythological tales, Shikhar and love dalliances of Lord Krishna, Radha and gopinis etc. (Raja Sanshar Chand was a great patron of the artists.) A brief mention has to be made to the pilgrim centres, which have become much more than a mere religious institution in the area. Apart from the wide scale observance of the religious festivities like Lohri, Basowa, Shivratri and Diwali both indoors, atfriend's places,and at temples in theneighborhood, we have in Chamba area some important pilgrim centres.

On Lohri day till (sesame), rice and gur are offered to the fire and next morning with great mirth khichri (gruel of rice and dal with condiments and vegetables) are eaten. A bath is indispensable.On Baisakhi festival earthen pots filled with water are offered to the priests along with fruits and some money and a feast is held for the family. Shivratri is the day for observance of a religious fast and puja to Lord Siva. Food is taken only in the evening and mostly it is restricted to fruits and milk along with some sweets. The fast is known as a brat. Women observe Shivratri with greater zeal. Diwali is observed on two days when Diyas (small earthen lamps) are put out in a line or circle. On the first day the burning front of the wicks is turned inwards while on the second day the order is reversed.

Kunjar Mahadev located at pargana Tundi is an important pilgrim centre. The place is about one and half miles off the Chamba - Shahpur motorable road and the observance is done on the very day the mela at Mani Mahes takes place. Religious people who cannot go to offer puja of Lord Siva at Mani Mahes lake usually visit Kunjar Mahadev and according to accepted legend earn the same pun (virtue) through the darshan of Lord Siva. There is a sacred well and people draw water from it and have their bath and offer homage at the Shiv Pindi.

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