From the standpoint of antiquity the most interesting of all are two rock
inscriptions. One is at Pathiar and the other at Kaniyara near Dharamshala. In each of
these the legend in the inscription is in two scripts called Brahmi and Kharoshthi, in use
in the Punjab in early time. The former dates from about 300BC and the latter 300 A D.
The temples of this area have a distinction of
their own though, by and large, they follow the average pattern of -the temples of
Himachal Pradesh excepting those in the Lahul and Spiti district which have a strong
The wood temples and wood-cum-stone temples of
Kulu-Manali complex had enjoyed gifts of free land endowments from the rulers and other
affluent donors and could eke out a survival though they appear to have remained in back
waters till the British archaeologists appraised them.
The architecture, sculpture, woodcarvings and
in some cases paintings lend an attractive background to these temples which appear small
in comparison to the massive temples of the South, Orissa or Bihar. Many temples are now
abandoned or little known being in rather inaccessible areas.