Temples in Himachal Pradesh
Himachal Pradesh, which is often described as the abode of the Gods, is dotted with temples, literally one in every hamlet. The splendid heights of the Himalayan ranges, with its great scenic beauty and aura of spiritual calm seem the natural home of the Gods. Two thousands or more temples all over the State, reiterate this fact. Most of the temples have legends dating back to centuries, some as old as mankind itself. Almost every temple has some kind of fair or festival connected with it.
Himachal Pradesh is one place where pilgrimage and nature both blend in perfect harmony. With some world known temples and monasteries, pilgrimage is a natural tourism attraction here. The legends and mysteries of the pilgrimages here just go deeper than one can expect. The temples here turn into centres of huge gatherings and attraction during festivals and fairs.
Plan a vacation tour to Himachal Pradesh and discover the legends and mysteries behind the century old temples and religious places of Himachal Pradesh.
The temples are not merely the religious shrines but are also the centres of vibrant social life resulting in peace, harmony and exalted spiritual life. The People of Himachal are Very religious-minded and have great faith in their gods and deities.
Almost every village in Himachal Pradesh has its own temple. Himachal Pradesh witness as many Gods as there are villages. It is believed that there are around two thousands or more temples all over the state.
Baijnath Temple, Jwalaji Temple, Chintpurni Temple, Chamunda Devi Temple, Naina Devi Temple and Baba Balak Nath Temple are some of the famous temples of Himachal Pradesh, which are known for their dignity.
Himachal Pradesh is the meeting point of many religions, be it Hinduism Sikhism or Buddhism.
The monasteries of Lahaul and Spiti, the epicenter of Buddhism, are world known. Tabo Monastery is one of them
Himachal Pradesh has many interesting and architecturally very diverse ones. In the Kangra and Chamba valleys there are several 8th to 10th- century temples in the Indo-Aryan shikhar style. Pagoda style temple with multi-tiered roof are found in the Kullu Valley. There are many temples of purely local design, often with interesting woodcarvings, particularly in the Chamba region.
In the south of the state there are numerous temples with elements of Mughal and Sikh design, while in several locations there are cave temples. Finally the Tibetans who came to the state following the Chinese invasion of their country brought their own designs of gompas (monasteries) and temples.
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