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Wooden Temples of Himachal Pradesh

Mian Goverdhan Singh (Author)
Synopsis In the Puranas Himachal is mentioned as the Dev Bhumi. Now, it is known as the 'valley of Gods'. It is a land of thousands of temples scattered throughout its hills and valleys. Every village has its own devta and so a temple for him. The devta is their ishta, protector, guide and a friend in need. A temple is the abode of devta and hence, it is the tirtha for the people. It is not only a symbol of devta, but is also a centre of religious, social, cultural and economic activities of the area. Thus, a temple plays an important role in the life of people. The temple architecture of the Himalaya has been wholly of wood, as extensive forests of deodar have been in existence here since times immemorial. A large number of temples in Himachal, scattered all over the middle belt of the area, are of wood, generally deodar. The shrines built, like most residential buildings of that material, are very large, but at the same time they look more picturesque, richly carved and evocative than the secular buildings. Some writings have been done on the wooden temples of Himachal Pradesh--a very few specialised and others of general nature. These works mostly discuss architectural peculiarities of the temples, paying little attention to other equally enchanting aspects. I have, therefore, deliberately written this book in a way that would, I hope, clarify many questions that have not been attempted so far.
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About the author

Mian Goverdhan Singh

Born in an agriculturist family of Jubbal (Shimla district), Mian Goverdhan Singh graduated from the Punjab University in 1949. His passion for books drove him to opt for library profession. He served the Himachal Pradesh Secretariat Library, Shimla as a Chief Librarian for thirty-five years. Though a librarian, his first love remained Himachal Pradesh, its people, history, art and culture. He has, therefore, devoted all his leisure hours in the pursuit of these subjects and has been writing since 1962. He has several pioneering books an Himachal Pradesh to his credit. Among his publications are : Three lectures on 'Ancient History of Himachal Pradesh', included in Himachal Pradesh : Past, Present and Future published by Himachal Pradesh University; History of Himachal Pradesh (1982); Art and Architecture of Himachal Pradesh (1983); Descriptive Bibliography of Himachal Pradesh (1985); Himachal Pradesh: History, Culture and Economy (1988); Festivals, Fairs and Customs of Himachal Pradesh (1992); Himachal Pradesh ka Itihas (Hindi) (1996). In 1986 he was honoured with first state award for his contribution to the culture of Himachal Pradesh. The State Academy of Art, Culture and Languages also honoured him with Shikhar Samman award in 1996.

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Title Wooden Temples of Himachal Pradesh
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1999
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8173870942
length 151p., Figures; Plates; Map; Bibliography; Index; 23cm.