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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

THE BACKGROUND OF THE TEMPLES IN HIMACHAL PRADESH

These are all benign deities of the second order. Deep faith in them and their worship are not enough to have complete freedom from a lingering fear of the many malevo- lent spirits of the hills, forests, springs or lakes that may be lurking about and have to be kept satisfied. So we find the fife of the average Himachali deeply imbued with faith and worship.

But the village god or sidha is held to be inferior in status to the three other deities higher in status, namely, Durga or Devi, Siva and Vishnu in their different manifes- tations. Hindu mythology supplies the background of the various manifestations and the legends are the source of great inspiration and faith. The idols are made and brought and very often we are told that the icons were accidentally found or revealed themselves in dream or were swayambhus and came out them selves.

Some of the deities have their own priests and their services have to be engaged for offering worship. It is also peculiar in Himachal that for some of the temples the worshipper has to take his own priests. Also the priestly class does not necessarily come from the Brahmin caste.

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