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 Temples of Kullu Valley


Where the sun rises with the sound of temple bells, where people have built such faith in God that even marriages are fixed after seeking permission of gods. Welcome to this valley of gods having 368 temples.

There are three styles of temple architecture in the valley.

Tripura Sundri Temple, Naggar - Kullu valleyPagoda style: The type of temple architecture common in the valley is Pagoda style. Hadimba Temple (Manali) , Tripura Sundri Temple (Naggar), Adi Brahma Temple (Khokhan), Trijugi Narayan Temple (Dyar) and Manu Temple (Shenshar) are examples of such architecture.

Bishweshwar Temple, Bajaura - Kullu ValleyShikhara style: Bishweshwar temple (Bajaura), Shiv Temple (Naggar), Gauri Shankar Temple (Dashal), Shiv Temple (Jagatsukh) are built in Shikhara (pyramidal) style. The art of these temples gives an impression of the style prevalent during Gupta period. Of these Bishweshwar temple, Bajaura is the largest stone temple in the valley.

Bijli Mahadev Temple - Kullu Valley

Pahari style: Pahari style is a mixture of all other temple forms. Bhuvneshwari Temple and Bijli Mahadev Temple in Kullu are excellent examples of this form of temple architecture.

Temples bearing archaeological worth were mostly put up between 8th to 13th century. During this period architectural beauty of the temples was at its best. The art declined between 13th and 16th century but gained popularity in the 16th century.

13th century marked the downfall of Shikhara (pyramidal) style of temples. After 15th century the temples constructed were mainly wooden. The woodcarvings on the temples feature great archaeological importance and are aesthetically magnificent to date.

The temples of Kullu lack rock inscriptions. The period of their construction is mainly based on the legends as narrated by the deity on his birth anniversary by means of the 'Gur' who acts as his spokesperson.
 

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