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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

In the temples in the frozen climate naturally the deities have to be appeased by Chhang or home-brewn intoxicating beverage. When the worshippers cannot possibly-live without Chhang how could their Gods? Baba Bhutnath of Mandi assures rain and as a result he is taken to love water and the linga emblem of Baba Bhutnath is constantly bathed which has become a community affair and is known as gadua. It is firmly held that gadua alone could assure rain.

From our study and travels we have concluded that the faith of the people is firstly in Durga or Devi and then Siva and then Vishnu or Krishna. It is peculiar that though of the Hindu trinity Brahma is the creator, Vishnu the preserver and Siva is the destroyer, Brahma is hardly worshipped in a temple. The temple of Brahma in Ajmer (Rajasthan) is the best known Brahma temple in Northern India. * Brahma is, more or less, put on the shelf for worshipping purposes.

* Fra Brahm or Brahma Deity, an Indian God is much more worshipped in Buddhist Thailand than in Hindu India. Worship of Erawan or Airavata the elephant bahan (carrier) of Brahma in Thailand is also common.

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