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Gayatri Devi Temple At Jagatsukh Near Manali – Himachal Pradesh

Originally constructed in the 8th century AD, this stone, slate-roofed temple with wooden pillars has been renovated several times, even as late as the 19th century CE. The sculptures inside the temple are superb in execution and design. They include an image of Goddess Kali wearing a garland of skulls, and a rare depiction of Shiva and Goddess Parvati with snakes above the head of Maa Parvati.

The sculptures in the temple Ganesha, Vishnu and a three-headed Shiva; as well as the main murti of Gayatri Devi dated to the 15th century CE.

The temple is also unique in having a doorway made of stone, not a regular feature of pent roofed shrines.

The twelve wooden pillars are carved with attractive motifs in the folk style.