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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

The usual legend is that there was a sudden find of the Shiva-linga on a dream leading to the discovery of the Linga, which was housed in a temple. Fairs are held at some of these villages particularly on auspicious days.Bijat is the God of lightning. The legend is that Agyasur the demon hostile to the gods assailed the Choor Peak and the temple of Shirigul there. Bijat fell upon him in a form of lightning and from the, lightning came out an image which fell to earth at Saran village where a temple was built.

Another image of Bijat was brought to Saran village from Tatwa village (Rainka tahsil). There are now Bijat temples at villages Deona, Bandal (tahsil Rainka), Gundal Dagalga (tahsil Pachhad). The beating of drums propitiates Bijat and night-long vigils are common. Goddess Ghatriali has a temple at village Panjaha (tahsil Rainka). Closely connected with the cult of Bijat is that of the goddess Ghatriali, who has a temple at Panjaha in Rainka tahsil, similar to that of Bijat at Barol.

The ritual is also the same and no fair is held. The legend regarding this temple avers that a certain Kanet chieftain, Bija by name, of Tatwa village, once sallied forth with eighteen of his followers to attack his enemies in Dahar. When the assailants reached Dahar they were seized with a sudden panic and fled homeward, but, on reaching Bhaluna, 1.6 Km (a mile) from Dahar, they met some women bearing pitchers.

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