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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 Bhramaur of Chamba district, which is famous for its ancient 'images and shrines, there is a temple- of Kelang Naga near the village Kugti. The legend has it that once when an epidemic broke out, it was this deity who came to the rescue of the people. The deity was then residing in British Lahaul of pre-independence days. The people invoked him in their hour of distress. The deity responded favorably and came riding on the horns of a ram. While coming from Lahaul he stopped at Dughi, some three kilometers from the present temple site. Later he moved to Darun, which was a cold place and was not easily approachable.

Here on digging a three-headed image, in padmasan posture, of stone was found and when it was removed a spring gushed forth. A temple was erected and Raja Ram Singh of Chamba installed there an ashtadhatu (an alloy of eight metals) image with figures of serpent all-round. Now the deity enjoys a good position. He is the lord of the Kugti Valley and its people, especially the Gaddis, offer him goats in sacrifice with a view to getting blessings and boons." $ 

The masked and other forms of Lama dances, the Lama mystery plays, the folk-tales, the Hindu mythological legends, the pahari painting on the walls of the temples, the folk and  ritualistic arts, the religious songs, the religious fairs and festivals (of which there are many in every district) have gone to feed the hunger for religion and worship of the Himachalis. The temples of Himachal Pradesh, large or small, have this deep sense of faith and worship as the background.


$ The Cultural Heritage of the Himalayas by K. L. Vaidya, (National : Now Delhi, 1977), p. 18.

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