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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

KINNAUR

These village deities or Gramya Devtas have no temple but they have their spokesmen, who would go into a trance when occasion demands and act as sooth-sayer, disease-diviner and also the medicine man. Another rather inaccessible village Chhitkul in Sangla tahsil, the last and highest village in the Baspa valley has a local goddess Mathi with three temples. Mathi is more than a village god. The main temple is said to be about five hundred years old built by a resident of Garhwal.

The Goddess is on a square ark made of walnut wood covered with clothes and decorated by a tuft of the tail of yak, a very useful animal for the villagers. Two poles called Bayangas are inserted and the goddess is carried out at times. It is said the goddess had started from Brindavan and via Mathura and Badrinath had reached Tibet. From there she came down to Garhwal and ultimately came to this area via Sirmur, previously a small princely State.

Here the deity found the territory divided into seven parts. She appointed her relatives including her husband as guards for particular areas. The husbandBadrinath was put as a guard of the throne of Bushahr. Finally she settled at Chhitkul and took over a supervisory role of the seven divisions. She is worshipped with the water of the nearby spring. A simple legend out of simplistic ideas, it has a tremendous hold on the people of the village and the neighborhood.

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