(Last Updated on : 29/08/2012)
The Chandi Temple is located in Himachal Pradesh. As far as Himachal Pradesh
is concerned numerous stone and wooden temples datable to approximately 7th century A.D. onwards are known. The Valabhi Temple
is probably represented by only one example in the state of Himachal Pradesh. It is built near a water tank at Nirmandand was illustrated by Franche in the year 1914. The temple has been grouped under 'Shikhara Shrines.'
Chandi Temple is built on a simple 'Jagati-Pitha.' Its Talacchanda yojana comprises a rectangular garbhagriha
and a mukha mandapa in front of garbagriha. The urdhavacchanda yojna i.e. elevation is composed of a simple vedibandha, plain jangha and trilaliya i.e. three-tiered Shikhara. The Karna stambhas i.e. corner pillars appear to be decoarted. Shikhara comprises of Skandhavedi, surmounted by a Vallabhi and a plain keel. The keelis composed of two plain stone slabs. Two amalasarakas are placed on the top of the keel in the middle. The visible left sides of the Vallabhi and the Shandhavedi show a chandrasala and a surasenaka respectively placed on them. The upper portion of the pillars of the mukha mandapa is decorated with kirttimukha, ardha padma and ghata pallava motifs. The shaft of the pillars is astakoniya i.e. eight sided. The sukanasa based on the falt roof of mukha mandapa is elevated by an ardha-valabhi placed over a plain skandha. The beautifully carved deep gadha decorated with a string of one bead (ekavali) on its outer periphery comprises a bhadra-mukha. However, instead of gajakrantasimha, a seated human figure with folded hands, probably Garuda is placed on top of the sukanasa. The measurements of this temple have not been mentioned but it appears roughly to be over 3m in height. On stylistic considerations this temple may be dated to circa 8th century A.D.
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