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Lahul and Spiti




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Temples And Legends Of Himachal Pradesh

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Fear and mystique-the two forces that had given them the eternal Siva in the mountain peaks with the interplay of thick, dark clouds often hanging on to the mountains and taking different shapes and hues gave way and they found Avolokiteswar, Trilochon etc., as different manifestations of Lord Siva. The isolation of the Paharis here from the Northern plains made them turn more and more to the Buddhist Lamas who were from Tibet side. Asa result we find a wonderful and peaceful intermingling and co-existence of the two faiths Hinduism and Buddhism.

In this part of the country it was usual for the people to become Buddhist Lamas, take the Yellow robes and resort to the Buddhist monasteries but after sometime they may come away and take to their civil life and start worshipping Siva and Avolokiteswar as Hindu Gods. To the average man there is little distinction between the two faiths. The same man worships the Buddha images and the other lesser Buddhist deities and pay homage to the Buddhist Lamas with as much respect as they cherish for the Hindu deities. The Lamas also have allowed, a large elbow-room.

They allow some form of Hindu worship in the, Buddhist monasteries. They allow animal sacrifice to appease the Gods. Verily the two faiths have coalesced and almost conglomerated but jointly they have not been able to stamp out Animism and Superstitious beliefs. The Buddhists and the Hindus in this area still believe in witches, witchcraft and exorcising the witches that take possession of the humans. The peaceful co-existence of Hinduism and Buddhism has hardly any parallel in the main-land of India.




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