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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

Kali-ka-dull, - a lake dedicated to goddess Kali about 12 miles from Tisa at Chaurah tahsil is another important pilgrim centre. This place is also visited near about the same time when Mani Mahes Kailash is visited. The entire route upto the lake has to be covered on feet, and it is a very hazardous journey. There are some caves here and there which give shelter to the pilgrims in inclement weather. The object of undertaking the pilgrimage is to offer sukhan or bandha (homage on the fulfillment of a prayer) and physicalhazards and hardships are cheerfully borne.There are some religious Jatras, which arelargely attended. The Devi Debra near Bathri Jatra lasts for eight days. The other similarweek- long religious jatras are held at villages Banikhet, Nag Mandhor at Khatain and Nag Bintru at Gawani. The local deity is worshipped and the chief attraction is that the traditional chela, the chosen man of the deity gets possessed and talks and acts abnormally but answers to the questions of the pilgrims.

Some of the other local jatras are held at villages Baira, Barnota, and Hungiri. The Jatra at Baira is held in the month of Sawan. People still talk of the man-eating leopard that used to infest this area. Goddess Yali was offered puja and promised a Jatra if the menace could be removed. It is said after this promise the man-eater disappeared and the jatra came into existence.

Although the Hindus constitute about 91% of the population, we cannot ignore the religious practices of the people whose religious beliefs veer round demons, ancestors and nature's forces. Some of the original beliefs and traditions still persist in conventional Hindus and have inadvertently crept into orthodox Hindu religious practices.

 

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