(Last Updated on : 26/07/2013)
Temples of Arunachal Pradesh
are very less in number. However, the temples are quite popular among Hindu pilgrims and tourists. In Arunachal Pradesh a number of Buddhist Monasteries
are found owing to the fact that Buddhism
is highly prevalent in the society of the state. However, despite of this, influence of Hinduism
can still be traced in this region and the temples of Arunachal Pradesh strongly testify this fact.
Malinithan is the ruminant of an ancient temple and is one of the famous pilgrimage sites of the state. Located at the foot of Siang hills, the temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga
. A series of excavations, between the years 1968 to 1971, unearthed this temple. The temple belongs to 14th century. It exhibits excellent architecture and artistry including the beautiful idols of the deities, intricate floral designs and other motifs and exquisitely carved panels and columns. Further popularity of this temple owes to a legend which says that Lord Krishna
, on the way to Dwaraka
, was resting here along with Rukmini
. There, Parvati
offered them the choicest flowers and Lord Krishna in her praise addressed her as Malini-Mistress of Garland. The place thus takes its name from this legend.
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