Bharmour Himachal Pradesh
Bharmour Himachal Pradesh, formally known as Brahmpura, situated at an altitude of 7000 feet in the Budhil valley, forty miles to the south-east of Chamba. The country around Bharmour is regarded as belonging to Lord Shiva and is sometimes called Shiva-Bhumi, abode of lord Shiva. Being the home of nomadic shepherds Gaddies it is also called ‘Gadderan‘. Bharmour is also known for its delicious apples and local blankets. Life in Bharmour centers around the Chaurasia – a temple square which owes its name to the data 84 shrines built with in its periphery. With varying architectural designs these temples were built between the seventh and tenth century. The towering shikara of Manimahesh temple dominates a square and a life size bull idol of Nandi, in polished brass the entrance guards. The Lakshna Devi temple’s sanctum sanctorum houses the meter high goddess idol cast in exquisite brass.
If Chamba is counted in the history of the North-Western Indian art and craft, thenBharmour (2130m) is its exhibition ground. Learned agree that the wooden architecture and the metallic idols of Bharmour temples depict the exquisiteness of the craft of Hinduism that developed in the hills in the medieval Period. Exemplary shrines are those of Lakshna Devi, Narsingh Dev and Lord Ganesh. Just 4 kms above Chaurasi temples is the hill temple of Bharmani Devi. A trek to this temple refreshes the visitors as it unfolds the green woods before him.