The wooden temples, and the extant material objects of faith and culture vouchsafed in them
Although, the stone temples of this region have already attracted notice of scholars and archaeologists, they have yet to take cognisance of the equally important, if not more, wooden temples of Kullu and the cultural wealth treasured in them.
The wooden temples, and the extant material objects of faith and culture vouchsafed in them, if objectively studied in the context of history and ethnography, has the potentiality to correct many misconceived notions and ideas about the socio-cultural ethos of this region. Because, as opposed to the stone temples built under feudal patronage largely by alien or refugee artisans, wooden temples are sacred edifices of popular faith. These have been raised by the ‘sons of mountain’, the Paharis, themselves through their corporate and collective endeavour.
Wooden temples of Kullu region may broadly be defined
Gabled Roofed Temples
The ‘gabled roofed’ temples are structurally and architecturally the simplest temple types. Such temples abound in Chamba district. Even the famous Lakshna Devi temple at Bharmaur and Chamunda temple at Devikothi (Chamba) are gable- roofed structures.
A single storey temple built on a squat plinth with pent or composite pent-n-gable roof.
Multi-tiered Pyramidal Temples
A single-storey temple with upward receding highpitched and stepped pent roofs….