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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

Another occasion is a Buddhist fair falling in Phalgun (February/March) when many people from the Buddhist Himalayas come on pilgrimage.

Rewalsar is equally important to the Sikhs who have a Gurudwara there. This Sikh shrine was built in commemoration of Guru Govind Singh's visit to that place. *+

The sense of faith and religion, the impact of the mythological stories and the temples have given rise to the large number of religious fairs and festivals that are observed in Himachal Pradesh. While discussing the temples and legends of some of the districts in Himachal mention has been made of the religious fairs and festivals. A brief mention may be made here.

The fairs and festivals, religious in outlook, offer a good avenue for the sale and purchase of consumer goods, demonstration of cinema shows and a clearance of locally made articles like clothes, garments, pashmina shawls, leather and furs, hides and skins etc. The local musicians and orchestra parties get a chance to show their skill. Folk artistes and dancers stage folk dramas. Women-folk get a chance to come out in their fineries and do shopping. Every mela ground assumes a festive appearance.


*+ The Cultural Heritage of the Himalayas by K. L. Vaidya, (National, New Delhi, 1977) Page, 143-144,

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