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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
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KINNAUR

Another sacred structure Kankani is peculiar -to this area The District Gazetteer of Kinnaur, 1971, mentions :-

"At Sangnam there are three cylinders kept constantly in m0tiOR through water, on the same- principle as the wheels of a water-miff. At Nesang several such cylinders are rotated by the wind. These are used for the purposes of devotion, and a person -while passing by generally gives it a twirl, whispering OM MANE PADME Hum. Kankani resembles what may be called an arch or a gate erected on a common path in a village and is decorated with paintings. It is built on two side walls topped by a cupola.

Below the cupola, in the ceiling, arc elegantly painted numerous figures of Buddhist deities. The idea behind erecting. A Kankani seems to -be that anyone passing underneath it should feel the omnipresence of Lord Buddha. One who causes to build a Kankani cherishes the hope that the passer by being reminded of Lord Buddha 'Will acquire- pun (a good-will) in which the builder will automatically get a share. 'A believer in Buddhism while passing under a Kanka takes off his headgear, in token of veneration to the Lord."*

Coming to - the festivals the Gazetteer of the District mentions 360 of them and almost all of them are associated with some phase of Hinduism or Buddhism, or one of the minor Gods- Some of them are local for one, two or more villages but some are observed throughout Kinnaur. An example is Raskayang in the month of Jyaistha (May-June) Buddha Purnima in May-June is also observed almost throughout the district. Almost every Amawas is a sacred day. Holi is a day of festivity throughout the district.

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