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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

SIRMUR

A curious incident has been handed down by tradition, namely that while incense was being burnt here on Diwali day, about twenty five years ago, a sound was heard from the void exhorting that whosoever would worship Shirigul shall be rewarded according to his desires. Worship is performed here on every Sunday and "Sankranti." Animal sacrifice has ceased and instead, "Halwa", Sweets etc. are offered. On the Kartika "Amavas", once in three years, the people perform a vigil when offerings are made.

There are Shirigul temples at villages Sarahon, (tahsil Pachhad). The Pujaris are Rajputs as in all the Shirigul temples. It is said that Shirigul, being the son of a Brahmin woman had a soft corner for the Brahmins, and exempted them from performing the duty of a Pujari. The Mahasu (Mahashiv) temples at siyol and other villages usually have a Pujari who gets into trance and solves problems for the devotees. "Jagra" (night-long vigil) at Mahasu temple is quite common.

As mentioned before Mahasu is Lord Shiva himself. There is Shiva a temple at a number of villages in the district. The more important ones are at village Mangarh that is an ancient one. The legend is that the temple existed when the Pandavas visited this area. It is said that Lord Shiva had practiced penance there. The Shiva temples at Rampur Ghat, Nahan and Deothi have also different legends.

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