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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

The flat-roofed temples are more found in the Kangra valley. The mid and higher hills give rise to temples with pent-roofs and with pyramidal tiers with roofs with alternate layers of wood and stone. Extensive use of strong timber was made in such temples and there was no dearth of particular species of timber that gave strong wood. But the high mountainous areas like Lahul-Spiti and Kinnaur built flat-roofed temples more after the Buddhist temples in Tibet.

The usual pattern of the Northern shikhara temples was followed. There was the shrine with the shikhara at the top, the garbhagriha, the antarala and the mandapa or the assembly-hall. The main deity along with the minor deities would be housed in the garbhagriha. The mandapa was meant for the assembly and usually there will be the circumambulatory passage for the worshippers to go round and the passage was known as Pradakshinapath. Big temples usually had this.

 

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