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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  
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KULU-MANALI

The Sanctum-Sanctoria or the garbhagriha (sanctuary) contains the lingam (the Phallic emblem) of Lord Siva. The inside of the door jambs and the niches are decorated with beautiful carvings of female figures, Ganga and Jamuna. There is a standing figure of Vishnu and another of Ganesh. But the most splendid of all the figures is that of Durga, to the north of the temple.

Durga wears a triple-pointed crown "edged with beading, characteristic of hill deities, and a large aureole,symbol of her sanctity, surrounds her head. With her eight arms she wields a variety of weapons, and yet she remains majestically aloof from the act of destruction she is performing." There is a sublime repose on her face, which has been very delicately and artistically brought out.

At a smaller village Dashal on the Nagar- Manali mad, there is an ancient stone temple with a tower about thirty feet high. This also is taken to date from around the 9th century. Two images of female figures of delicate execution are there probably as dwarapalas. The temple is dedicated to Lord Siva and Parvati. There are quite a large number of such stone and wood temples, many of which escape the tourists.

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