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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

WALL PAINTINGS ON THE TEMPLES OF HIMACHAL

In Simla district the Gopal Mandir at village Shogi about 10 km before Simla has also a number of paintings and the style of drawing is very refined. The themes are Radha and Krishna, Siva and Parvati, Vishnu reclining on the Sesanaga and killing Hiranyakasipu. A panel from the Ramayana depicts Rama on horse back, followed by his three brothers and the faithful Hanumana and Sugriva. Secularism had penetrated in the paintings of the 19th century and we find in one painting Laila offering a cup of drink to Majnu. There is a tender illustration of the Todi Ragini painted delicately. The forlorn love-tossed girl is playing on her string instrument while a slick dear is looking at her with sympathy.

The paintings of Kulu temples have to be seen to be admired. One excellent Devi mural of Kulu representing the goddess Tripura-Sundri had been shifted to the National Museum, New Delhi." It is a big panel and covers the entire wall from the ground to the ceiling and represents the goddess Tripurasundri, an aspect of Durga or the Devi. The theme relates itself to the three worlds-svarga, martya and patala-paying homage to the goddess who was the most beautiful in all the three worlds. In order to illustrate this the artist tried to create a universe in motion with entire humanity coming to the palace of the Devi or getting ready to do so, or just meditating on her or singing her praise. In this painting are found the common people on foot, princes and princesses in their chariots, female and male soldiers, other gods and goddesses in their chariots along with their devotees, all proceeding in crowds to the palace of Tripurasundri. Elephants, horses, deer etc. are also seen in this crowd. The primacy of the Devi in this temple is sought to be shown in other ways as well. In one of the panels her consort, Siva, is represented as performing the Tandava dance while she sits at the top of the panel on a lotus pedestal.

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