|Most of the
temples have woodcarvings and some of them are excellent. Some of them have fine metal
images and the brazen or stone Nandi bulls in the Siva temple are usually fine specimens.
"There are numerous pent-roofed structures, generally covered with slates or shingles
in Himachal Pradesh. These shrines are dedicated to some god or goddess, gugga or pir.
Some of the famous shrines, which may truly be called indigenous, include Bijli Mahadev
(district Kulu), Shirgul (district Sirmur), Hatkoti Gijari (district Simla), Lakshna Devi,
Shakti Devi and Kali Devi (in the district of Chamba at Bharmaur, Chhatrari and Mrikula
respectively). The temples belonging to the Chamba district carry exquisite specimens
ofwoodcarvings besides the fine metal images therein." Examples of pagoda type
temples are : "Hidimba or Dungri (at Manali, district Kulu), Tripura Sundari (at
Nagar, district Kulu), Bijli Mahadeva (district Kulu), Triyug Narayan (at Dayar opposite
Bajaura, district Kulu), Ad-Brahma (at Khokan, district Kulu), Parashar and Chhatri
(district Mandi) and Sungara Maheshwara (at Sungra, district Kinnaur). There are also some
such temples in Chamba." **
** The Cultural Heritage of the Himalavas by K. L.