[an error occurred while processing this directive]
HinduNet
  
Forums Chat Annouce Calender DigiCards Recommend Remote Invites
[an error occurred while processing this directive]


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 monks sit cross-legged on the red divan in the nave between the wooden pillars supporting the roof. Hangings, painted banners and pennants are added to decorate the ball and create an appropriate atmosphere for prayer and worship. We cannot forget the fringe population who are still animistic and have a store of superstitions to fill up their life. As a matter of fact their beliefs have been largely incorporated in the life and religious beliefs of the more sophisticated Hindus and Buddhists.

The Naga Cult, and Gugga worship, is common to the Hindus. The fringe population has more or less, animistic beliefs. The Siva cult encourages the Naga worship. Lord Siva has always garlands of snakes. Vaidya observes that "Nagas are but the later manifestation of Siva and similarly the Devis are that of Kali." Without fully concurring with Vaidya about Nagas as we do not know of any authority or argument for this conclusion we agree as to the great hold of the Serpent-worship in this region.

Kamarn Naga, an ancient deity has a stone idol at Nachan and a shrine in Sanor Valley in Mandi district. Mahuna Naga is worshipped widely in Simla and Sirmur districts. Very often an earthen replica of a serpent is taken to represent the serpent deity. In epidemics and in the season when snakebites are common, serpent worship has a premium. There are a large number of Naga temples particularly in Kulu district. The following is the legend about Kelang Naga in Chamba district :

Back ] Up ] Next ]

Jagatsukh Snadhya Devi Temple : Upper Part - Stone Carving, Lower part - Wood Carving
About The Background Of The Temples
Introduction
Page1
Page2
Page3
Page4
Page5
Page6
Page7
You are Here! Page8
Page9
Page10
Page11
Page12
Page13
Page14
Page15
Page16
Page17
Page18
Page19
Page20
Page21
Page22
Page23

[an error occurred while processing this directive]
More Information about HinduNet Inc.
Privacy Statement
The Hindu Universe is a HinduNet Inc., website.
Copyrighted 1994-2003, HinduNet Inc.