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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

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. Vaidya.

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