The area is also prone to earth quakes, land-slides and occasionally
torrential rains due to cloud burst. Any heavy stone and wood temple could be a danger.
Naturally the people have taken to that temple type which is more familiar to them and
that is the residential type of a building with necessary changes to suit the demands of a
temple. We seldom get a steady daily flow of very large congregation of pilgrims in the
temples of Himachal Pradesh as we get in the South or Orissa.
So the mandapa or the space required for
the congregation need not be very spacious. While sticking to the wooden residential
houses with changes for the temples the Himachalis have followed the example in West
Bengal. In that area the common type of temples are the residential hut with one, two or
four curved thatched or semi-mortared roofs known as ek-chala (one roofed),do-chala (two-
roofed), or char-chalas (four-roofed).
There is another factor, which has strongly
influenced the temples in Himachal Pradesh. Unlike the other States or areas we have in
Himachal Pradesh the frequent devata processions. It is very usual on various occasions to
take out the deities of one, two or more temples together in procession accompanied by
music and dance on a fixed route and through villages and the villagers do pujas to them.