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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

As the procession drew near the ridge whence Kali's home burst on the vision, a halt was called. While still sheltered from her eyes and those of her sentinels the raja descended from his palanquin, doffed robes, ornaments and head-dress, instead, to enable the mathes of Sapni, a village nearby, attired himself in raja's dress, while the raja donnedinconspicuous garments of grey.

A priest waved a vessel of holy water round his head and then poured its contents over the mathes' head. Then the latter was borne in the royal palanquin, and treated like the raja, who himself walked in the crowd until the procession entered the fort. He then resumed his dignities, but the robes and ornaments worn by the mathes became his perquisite. He (mathes) was then sacrificed within the fort, and his acquisitions fell to his heirs. He was called the raja-ki-bali.

On one occasion when the heir-apparent visited Kamru, the old rites were all observed, but the water was poured on the hands of mathes, instead of on his head; and the man who then took the part declared that he was the first of his family to survive the ordeal by a year. As late as the middle of the last century no act of state was performed without the approval of Bhimkali, who was regarded as the ruler of the land, she having granted, the regency to the raja's ancestor six score generations ago, just as she had conferred the hereditary priesthood to the senior branch of his family.

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