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The historical Chamba town in the north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, has a number of temples, palaces and period buildings. The striking objects of interest in this small town, are the old temples which exhibit architectural beauty of design and execution.

Laxmi Narayan Temple, which is the main temple of Chamba town, was built by Sahil Varman in the 10th century AD. There are several other temples within the temple complex. Lakshmi Narayan temple, the largest & oldest temple in the group, is directly opposite the entrance to the complex (can be seen partially visible, on the extreme right).

There is a group of six stone Shikhara temples arranged in a row from north to south in the complex. All these temples feature exquisite sculpture & are representative of the shikhara style, with tall shikaras (spires), finely carved, & dating from the 10th century. Three of the temples are dedicated to God Vishnu and three to Lord Shiva. The Lakshmi Narayan group of temples in the town of Chamba are of great archaeological importance. Four of the six temples are visible in this frame, while a part of the wooden frame of the fifth is to the extreme left.

In this picture, the lady after having offered her prayers, is seen pouring a kalash (small sacred pot) of holy water in front of the temple’s God.

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