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This front matter section of this book titled Western Himalayan Temple Records contains the table of contents, a list of illustrations and the preface. Historians have decried the paucity of historical source material on the Himachal region of the Indian Himalayas. The book addresses the problem to an extent by presenting a selection of fifty-four new documents from the erstwhile state of Chamba. This book provides a selection from one such small temple-the portal of Charpaṭnāth in the town of Chamba. The documents are diverse-from revenue grants to those dealing with ritual, pilgrimage, temple economy in general-detailing the relationship between the state and these small centres; their relationship with the bigger establishments; their influence over the populace; mundane personal matters; notices, petitions and law-suits. The book presents all these documents-transcribed and translated, critically annotated, along with facsimiles-for scholarly scrutiny and usage, covering a period from 1760s through 1960s.

Keywords: Chambā; Charpaṭnāth; Western Himalayan Temple



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