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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 legend has it that the sage Jamadagni along with his wife, Renuka, lived on a hillock, which is still called after him, Jamu-ki-dhar. Both of them were devotees of the Lord Vishnu whose penance they held for many years. Pleased at this, the Lord wanted to give them a boon. They expressed their desire for a son. They got many but the eldest was the Lord himself. He was Parshuram, sixth incarnation of the god Vishnu.

"Renuka used to fetch fresh water from the river Yamuna every day. One day on her return she came across a nude Gandharva couple. The amorous sight aroused passion in her and the earthen potin which she was carrying water for her sage husband showed a crack. When Renuka related the incident to her husband, he got annoyed and held it as an act of sacrilege. The sage wanted to punish the wife. All the sons were called up and asked to behead the mother. They all refused but the eldest son, Parshuram, carried out the orders of his father by killing the mother and all the brothers.  "Jamadagni was pleased with Parshuram, and he thought of granting him a boon. The only reward Parshuram could ask for was the revival of all the dead. The wish  was granted and all came to life again.

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