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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

KULU-MANALI

The Dungri temple of goddess Hirma Devi or Hidimba of the Mahabharata is another remarkable temple in this complex. As already mentioned the deity is taken out to pay an annual visit and homage to Raghunathji elsewhere. In the midst of tall and ancient deodar trees this old temple in pagoda style stands. It has been, according to current legend, taken that this was the site for a Buddhist monastery before and the temple had some Buddha image, which has now disappeared.

Raja Bahadur Singh who built Nagar Kasal constructed the present temple. The legend is that the sculptor's hands were cut off after the temple was completed so that he could not build another similar temple. The carving in the folk-style covers foliage motifs, gods and goddesses, animals and crocodiles in a detailed way. The Dungri temple has two small brass images of Durga and by another strange permutation Hidimba who was originally a demoness merged into Durga by killing the buffalo-demon.

Hidimba is also believed to be a deity associated with rain. As the area depends more on rain for cultivation of edible crops, Hidimba the demoness-deity commands a deep reverence. Manaligarh has a stray image of Durga and her lion, which has been somehow damaged. Penelope Chetwode visited at Gushaini village a small wood-temple with remarkable Pahari folk art carving. The posts have carvings of scrolls, Hanuman (Monkey-god), peacocks etc. On the door iambs there are Nag motifs and the icon is of a female goddess in black stone. The deity is taken to be that of Gara-Durga.

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