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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

The Buddhist temples housing icons of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas and other Buddhist objects of veneration, location of Buddhas without any temples, Buddhist monasteries and nunneries housing monks, nuns and scriptures, Buddhist deities and enforcing Buddhist norms of discipline, chortens, thankas and other religious flags are there to satisfy the religiosity of the Buddhists. There is complete freedom to follow Buddhist auspicious days with festivities

K. L. Vaidya observes :

"The monasteries in the Himalayas are great repository of the lamaistic religion and culture. Whether the monastery is flat-roofed as is found in the snow-bound regions, or pagoda like tier-roofed as in the lower altitudes, it has some common characteristics. Unlike most of the Hindu temples, the Buddhist gompas are seldom dedicated to one god or goddess, rather they have the entire pantheon. Some of the gods find place on the altar in the form of metal and stucco images and others on walls and hangings.

All the deities and divinities are placed in their own order of importance. The walls and hangings carry pictures of the legends connected with the various deities and divinities. In fact a good monastery carries picturisation of the entire Buddhist cosmology and pantheon executed in fresh sober colors with a remarkable artistic sense. Unlike the Hindu temples the monastery has an image chamber and the prayer-hall combined into one.

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