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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

SIRMUR

Simultaneously the whole surrounding forest caught fire, and the people, thinking the 'Mahant' must be an evil spirit, who had enraged the goddess, called in brahmins who found out the truth. It is said that the stones are still black from the fire, which consumed the forest.   The place having been purified, a temple was built and a brahmin priest appointed. A variation of these local lore holds that a saint, named Balgir, practicing penance on the bank of Giri River, was inspired to establish a sanctuary here.

He brought the Devi from a sacred place. Here usual puja is performed twice daily, morning and evening, by a priest permanently attached to the temple. The priest offers 'Bhog' every Sunday morning and on the first day of the month "Sankrant" in addition to the usual incense. The fair is held on the "Durga Ashtami" (eighth day of bright half) in Asauj. The offerings are generally simple, but, some times, if the purse of a devotee allows, even a goat is sacrificed. The income is expended on the maintenance of the temple, which also owns about three bighas of land, cultivated by the priest.

The people of the area regard the Devi as the family deity. When a cow or a buffalo calves, a small portion of the ghee is offered to the Devi before the family starts using any part of it. In the case of illness, a vow is made iri the name of the Devi and, on recovery, the vowed offerings is made. Jawala Mukhi temple is visited by a large number of pilgrims.

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